Cold laser therapy helps treat a wide range of physical injuries and sprains such as
- muscle and ligament strains
- tendonitis or bursitis
- neck, knee and lower back pain
What does cold laser therapy treatment do?
Cold laser emits low-intensity (most likely infrared) light into the target areas to promote healing and tissue regeneration. The cold laser light intensity does not heat tissues.
What are the benefits of the treatment?
The light therapy penetrates tissues to stimulate cell reproduction and tissue healing. This help reduce inflammation and pain.
How long does a cold laser therapy treatment last?
The treatment only lasts a few minutes each session. In order to determine effectiveness, several treatments a week over a span of about a month would be necessary. The length of usage can depend on the severity of the injury being treated.
What low-power laser therapy side effects?
There are no known side effects of the therapy. Just make sure you avert your eyes from the red infrared light.
How does a cold laser reduce inflammation?
The infrared light enters the tissue and causes a cascade of physiological events at the cellular level. This increases metabolism and further reduces inflammation, as well as pain.
Does this therapy help arthritis?
The infrared light can reduce the inflammation and pain associated with arthritis, but cannot promote cartilage growth. The relief of symptoms would not be immediate and could take several weeks of treatments.
How effective is cold laser therapy for knee pain?
Studies show some pain relief in patients with knee pain, but results vary based on severity of the knee pain.
Can cold laser go through clothing?
Yes. The small photons from the red/infrared light move through clothing fibers or bandages, but become less effective because the energy diffuses in the material before penetrating the skin. Direct to skin therapy proves be the most effective.
Is this therapy effective for back pain?
Studies show some effectiveness with using LLLT for low back pain. The laser therapy allows for tissue healing and decreasing inflammation.
Does cold laser work for plantar fasciitis?
Similar to how it is used with other diagnoses, there has been some improvement with pain and inflammation associated with plantar fasciitis.
Does insurance cover cold laser treatment?
Depending on your insurance policy, most insurance companies cover LLLT.
Can the therapy cause burns?
Performed with a low intensity, cold laser has no known cases of burns on the skin. You should not look into the infrared light though, to avoid any damage to the eyes.
Does cold laser therapy help with scar tissue?
Yes. Some evidence shows reduced inflammation, adhesions, and thickness of scar tissue while using LLLT.
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