Gone are the days when people had to rely only on traditional treatment approaches such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroids, topical analgesics, opioids, and lidocaine and steroid injections to combat chronic pain. Today, many innovative pain management techniques have proven their efficacy in reducing pain and inflammation related to many common conditions. One such innovative approach is low level laser therapy for chronic pain.
What is Low Level Laser Therapy for Chronic Pain?
Low level laser therapy also referred to as cold laser therapy or low-energy laser treatment is a form of low-intensity light therapy (photobiomodulation) used to relieve pain, reduce swelling, and repair damaged tissues caused by different musculoskeletal disorders. It is a perfectly safe and effective alternative treatment option for a variety of acute and chronic conditions such as:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Headaches and migraines
- Muscle sprains and strains
- Frozen shoulder
- Carpal tunnel and RSI
- Arthritis and joint pain
- Sporting injuries
How does Low Level Laser Therapy for Chronic Pain Work?
Low level laser therapy uses a certain wavelength of low-power laser light (generally 600-1000 nm wavelength) directly over the injured area for a few seconds to a few minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated and the type of laser being used. The red and near-infrared light passes through the skin and is absorbed by the body tissues. Once the light is absorbed by the cells, it stimulates “mitochondria” – the energy production centres of the cell. The absorption of light energy initiates a series of reactions in the cell, which eventually result in better cell communication, enhanced cell nutrition, increased intracellular metabolism, increased energy, improved tissue growth, reduction in healing time, and reduction in pain, inflammation, and edema.
During the procedure, the patient will only feel the laser device touching his/her skin; there is no heat sensation or vibration. The procedure takes only a few minutes and it is completely safe, non-invasive and without any adverse side effects. Low level laser therapy for chronic pain is one of the best modern treatment approaches for patients seeking pain relief or pain reduction without the use of drugs or surgery.
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