What is Laser Therapy?
- How Does Laser Therapy Work?
Laser Therapy is the use of laser energy to create therapeutic effects. Research has shown that these effects include improved healing time, pain reduction, increased circulation, and decreased swelling.
When laser light is absorbed by living tissue, it triggers biological reactions in the cells. Chemical substances are produced, released and carried by blood and lymphatic flow to other parts of the system. In this way the effects of cold laser light create a broad systemic effect.
In the United States Laser Therapy has only been approved for the treatment of pain. However, although pain treatment is the common use of laser, there are many other problems that are treated successfully with laser therapy. Research on humans and animals document:
- Reduction in pain by causing a production of natural pain killing endorphins.
- Reduction in inflammation by suppressing inflammatory enzymes that create swelling, redness, pain and heat.
- Enhanced lymphatic drainage, which increases circulation and reduces swelling
- Releases of tight muscles that create chronic pain, joint problems and decreased mobility.
- Faster bone repair by stimulating fibroblastic and osteoblastic proliferation
- Hot Versus Cold Laser?
There are two broad categories of laser, Hot and Cold. Hot lasers are used for surgery, skin resurfacing, destroying tumors, and, when the power is lowered, for pain relief. However, the heat that so effectively destorys tissue becomes a problem because the heat mat slow down healing and cause burns. Hot lasers may retard healing. As the heat increases, it initially produces tissue over-heating, followed by tissue damage. The Apollo laser used in this office is a SAFE, powerful cold laser.
- Is Laser Therapy Safe?
The FDA has cleared laser therapy for the treatment of many pain syndromes. The investigation of a broad array of conditions has been completed and more are presently underway. The FDA considers laser therapy to be safe and effective modality when used properly by a licensed practitioner.
- What Conditions Does It Treat?
There are thousands of published studies that describe the beneficial therapeutic effects of cold laser therapy, including hundreds of controlled scientific trails that have demonstrated its clinical effectiveness. The following is a partial list of conditions that have shown successful outcomes in recent studies.
Tennis Elbow Arthritis
Sciatica Nerve Pain
Jaw Pain Soft Tissue Injuries
Back/Neck Pain Whiplash
Herniated Disc Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Muscle Pain Headaches & Migraines
About Laser Therapy
- Is cold Laser Therapy Painful?
No. Low level lasers do not generate perceivable heat. Therefore, when the laser contacts the skin the patient experiences no warmth or burning as a result of the laser. Mast people feel nothing at all while a few may feel a slight tingling during the treatment.
- Can Laser Treatments Benefit Me?
For most patients, the results have been sustainable.
While some patients get immediate results, others require several treatments before there is a lasting effect. Since each person's condition varies the doctor or therapist will determine after reviewing your case if laser treatments can benefit you.
- Has Laser been Proven?
There are more than 3000 scientific research studies on laser therapy. These investigations verify the clinical value and effectiveness of laser therapy.
- How will I know if the Laser is Working?
Many people will see a reduction in symptoms immediately. Others will experience relief more gradually. How fast your symptoms improve will help your clinician design the most effective treatment regimen.
- How Many Treatments Will I Need?
A patient usually comes in for a treatment several times a week. the number of treatments can range anywhere from 2 to 20, depending on the nature and severity of the condition.
For more information contact Dr. Sofos (914) 686-8844