Cold laser therapy or low-level laser therapy is often used to treat acute and chronic pain, soft tissue sprains and strains, carpal tunnel syndrome, wounds, and other conditions. With low-level laser therapy, there is no thermal effect on the tissue. The low-level laser affects the underlying tissue’s cellular energy without the risk of burning the tissue. Low-level laser therapy stimulates various biological processes such as inflammation reduction, cell regeneration, pain management, or wound healing.
Low-level laser therapy is a safe, non-invasive treatment modality with no known side effects. It has more than 1,500 published studies and with no side effects. To be both safe and effective, cold laser therapy must be completed by a trained health care professional who follows specific safety precautions and treatment modalities. Here at PRX Sports Care, low-level laser therapy is one of several treatment options available to you from our experienced sports chiropractors.
What to Expect with Low-Level Laser Therapy
Your treatment will depend on the condition. For example, some conditions may need a series of short (few seconds) treatments. Whereas others may need a single treatment that lasts for several minutes. Studies have shown that the treatment is often more effective when given a lower dose. with high amounts of energy over a short period of time rather than at a high dose with low amounts of energy once. Your chiropractor will examine and determine the most appropriate dosage and treatment plan.
Low-level laser therapy works by stimulating cellular processes to repair and grow tissue. With low-level laser therapy, patients experience reduced pain and inflammation and accelerated healing.
Several sports-related conditions are prime candidates for this type of treatment including (but not limited to):
Tendonitis, sprains, strains, and other connective tissue disorders
Repetitive motion injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome
Low back pain, neck pain, thoracic pain, and myofascial pain,
Muscle bruises, injuries, contractures (frozen joints), and other muscle disorders
Prolapsed disc, ruptured discs, herniated discs, and neurological injuries.
Nerve regeneration for conditions such as diabetic neuropathy, and peripheral neuropathy.