What conditions does LASER therapy treat?
There is a wide variety of conditions that respond successfully to LASER therapy. Our clinic focuses on the treatment of acute or chronic injuries, pain or inflammation. In our clinic, we have experienced successful outcomes in the treatment of the following conditions:
- Soft tissue injuries
- Back, neck, and shoulder pain
- Tendinitis of the shoulder and knee
- Tennis elbow
- Plantar fasciitis
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Bursitis Muscle pain
What is LASER therapy and how does it work?
Laser Therapy is the application of high intensity red and near infrared light radiation over injuries or lesions to stimulate healing and relieve pain. Laser differs from other light therapies such as LED's in that it consists of light emission that radiates in one color (monochromatic) and with waves synchronized in one phase (coherent). It is these properties that makes laser unique and so effective compared to other therapies such as electrical stimulation and ultrasound. Electrical stimulation lacks the consistent pain reduction of laser and does not provide the same level of tissue healing. Ultrasound is not effective at blocking pain as laser. It can mildly stimulate healing, but studies show that it does this by weakening the tissues, whereas laser actually causes tissues to strengthen.
Dosage is also very important to the success of laser therapy. Our laser is listed as a Class IV laser which places it in the most powerful category of therapeutic lasers. Our laser is also considered a cold laser, which means the procedures are painless and safe against overheating or burning of the treated tissues. The overall safety of therapeutic laser is also unique among therapeutic modalities. There are very few contraindications to laser therapy which means that a wide range of patients can experience the benefits of laser therapy. Even patients with pacemakers are able to undergo therapeutic laser therapy.
The effects of laser therapy are photochemical and they work at the microscopic cellular level of the injured tissues. Through a complex process that NASA and U.S. military scientists have termed Photobiomodulation, the photons of a laser are absorbed by the mitochondria of a cell. The mitochondria, in turn, create ATP that enhances cell permeability that affects macrophages, fibroblasts, endothelial cells, mast cells, bradykinin and nerve conduction rates. Here again, proper power densities and wavelengths are crucial to success in the ability of the laser to penetrate to the deeper tissues of an injury site to initiate these processes. This is where our Class IV laser stands out against the many class II and class III therapeutic lasers in use today.