Low-level laser therapy can be a very effective adjunct treatment when used alongside other treatments such as physical therapy, chiropractic care, or regenerative medicine. Some issues that may benefit most from laser therapy include musculoskeletal injuries and neuropathic pain. This non-invasive, low-risk treatment promotes faster, more efficient healing in targeted areas and can help those suffering from pain or disability.
Known formally as Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), this treatment uses visible red and near-infrared light that passes through the skin to trigger chemical changes in the cells through photobiomodulation. This process is roughly similar to photosynthesis in plants in that laser therapy allows cells to produce energy more efficiently, which triggers improved and enhanced function within depleted or damaged cells. LLLT promotes healing from within and the increased energy within the cells helps to get rid of any damaged cells, increases circulation to affected areas, reduces inflammation, and accelerates the healing process.
Extensive studies have shown that laser therapy has a positive effect on injuries and pain associated with the musculoskeletal system, and it can also promote the body’s natural healing process more efficiently than some other invasive treatments. Research indicates that low levels of light therapy can heal skin, nerves, tendons, cartilage, and bones. Common causes of pain that LLLT effectively treats include:
Laser therapy is also used to promote healing in wounds, deep tissues, and extensive nerve damage that may have been sustained in some sort of accident or trauma, and in many cases, laser therapies can be used as a first step towards healing rather than moving straight to surgery or medication. By penetrating below the skin and directly into the cells, laser therapy is able to heal damaged tissues, bones, and nerves at the cellular level which will alleviate pain and other negative symptoms associated with the injury or damage.
There are no known risks of laser therapy with regards to pain management and treatment, however, there are various benefits that can come from LLLT. Because laser therapy permeates the skin directly into the cells and helps flush out the damaged ones, it can make pain management much easier, faster, and more effective than surgeries or other invasive procedures. LLLT is also a great way to mitigate the need for pain medications. The overall benefits of laser therapy are:
Researchers have also found that laser therapy can promote healing in injuries that have not previously responded to traditional forms of medical care. There is no pain involved in this process, and effects are often felt immediately and last long-term. A consultation with our Delray Beach laser therapy technicians can help determine if LLLT is right for you and what treatment plan would be most effective in treating your pain.
Laser therapy is also more cost-effective than surgeries or invasive procedures, so it may be in your best interest to consult with a physician about trying laser therapy first. With zero recovery time, no risks or side effects, and no pain involved, LLLT is a great option for pain treatment and is FDA-approved.
During the session, one of our certified physicians will align the laser-emitting device over the affected area. The laser will penetrate the skin with no damage or pain at all. The light from the laser is then absorbed into the cells for energy production, and this is what causes a decrease in both pain and inflammation. The increase in energy boosts healing and it can also improve circulation to speed up the healing of certain tissues and promote the body’s natural healing ability as well. Though procedures aren’t long, it is important to follow up however many times your physician recommends in order to get the full effects of the laser therapy. In many cases, results can last up to a year.
Combined with physical therapy and regenerative medicine, laser therapy can add to the healing process and give the cells in the affected area a needed energy boost to increase healing and decrease negative side effects that are causing pain. In a way, the LLLT acts as an anesthetic in the cells which inhibits the sensitization and lowers both pain and inflammation at the cellular level. This process directly targets damaged cells to treat the cause of pain rather than focusing solely on managing and alleviating symptoms of pain. The goal is to heal the affected area so that there is no future pain.
If you are searching for a non-invasive form of pain management and injury treatment, then our Delray Beach laser therapy may be exactly what you are looking for. This procedure is often a good first step in the treatment process as it may help you avoid the need for surgery or medication. LLLT is also a great resource for continued treatment of pain combined with physical therapy and other forms of treatment here at Basis Medical to give you the most well-rounded and effective treatment plan.