Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)
Carolina Physical Therapy offers cold LASER Therapy which has been successfully used in Europe for the last 20 years to treat soft tissue injuries, post operative pain and swelling, back pain, neck pain, arthritis, TMJ (temporal mandibular joint of jaw joint) pain, tendonosis, plantar fasciitis (pain in tissues on the bottom of the foot), shoulder and elbow conditions, sports injuries as well as repetitive movement strains and overuse injuries.
What is Low Level LASER Therapy?
Cold LASER treatment was FDA approved for carpal tunnel syndrome in the Spring of 2002 and now has been expanded to pain, muscle pain, sprains and strains. Cold LASER therapy is used to describe the use of low level laser energy, which is a non-invasive, drug free treatment that helps reduce and eliminate pain. L.A.S.E.R. is the acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. The term "Cold LASER" is used to distinguish it from hot lasers, commonly used in surgery, hair removal, and tattoo removal. This therapy is also referred to as Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT). Low-level LASER waves of the 640-890 nanometer wavelength has been effective at restoring cell balance (normalization) to the body's muscular and nerve network, lymphatic and circulatory systems. LASER therapy can be used any time a patient needs a non-invasive procedure for the control of pain, when conventional therapies have been ineffective, or when the acceleration of healing from injuries is desired.
How Does LASER Light Increase Healing?
Low level LASER light waves penetrate 4-5 cm, optimizing the therapeutic window for musculoskeletal dysfunction. It is a scientific fact that LASER stimulates photo receptors resulting in positive cellular effects throughout the body, supplying vital oxygen and energy to every cell stimulated by LLLT.
An example of how LLLT speeds up the repair process can be demonstrated with sudden injury or post operative recovery. After the trauma, swelling naturally occurs to protect the body segment. However, this swelling can decrease fluid exchange preventing the normal delivery of nutrition to the damaged area. Low-level LASER therapy targets the lymphatic system, maintaining the fluid balance in the body. With LLLT, swelling is reduced, allowing movement to return to the treated area, usually resulting in less pain and quicker return to normal activities.
Conditions Commonly Treated with LASER Therapy
The Effects of Low Level LASER Therapy
Laser Therapy FAQ's
Is LASER Therapy Safe?
Cold LASER has been cleared by the FDA for the treatment of joint and muscle problems. It has successfully treated chronic and acute pain, wounds, sports injuries, and more. There are no reported long-term or irreversible side effects.
What to Expect During a LASER Therapy Treatment Session
For most people, laser therapy is passive. Some patients report a slight tingling or rhythm along a nerve pathway. Some have noted a sense of warmth. For the most part, the treatment, which may last from 10 to 15 minutes, is not noticed. Following (and even during) a laser therapy session, approximately 75% of patients being treated can notice an immediate improvement in their condition. This will depend primarily on the type of condition and the length of time the condition has been present. Generally, the more chronic or severe the condition, the longer it takes to respond. The majority of conditions treated will take anywhere from 5-15 treatments. Once again, the number of treatments depends upon the severity of the condition and its duration. There are some conditions that may never completely resolve but can be helped and maintained with LASER therapy. If your condition does not change immediately, it may take 3-4 sessions before a dramatic or marked change is perceived.