What Conditions Does Laser Therapy Treat?

Chiropractors are integrating laser therapy into their patients’ treatment plans more than before. This is because laser therapy effectively treats pain and inflammation. Tissues also heal quicker after the treatment.


What Is Laser Therapy?

 

Laser therapy is a medical procedure that uses light. The laser light is a powerfully focused beam of a specific wavelength. It is stronger and brighter than regular light to help it penetrate deep inside the skin.
 

The laser therapy our chiropractic clinic uses is unique. It belongs to the Class 3 laser group, also called cold lasers. It penetrates deep inside with high power and at a high dosage. The laser treats various conditions by causing an anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving, and healing effect.
 

Patients report improved symptoms after just 1 or 2 treatment sessions. But, you may need up to 5 sessions to completely resolve the underlying issue. The more extensive and chronic the problem is, the more treatment you need.


Conditions Treated With Laser Therapy

 

The conditions that could typically be treated using laser therapy include:
 

  • Back pain
     

  • Pain from arthritis
     

  • Fibromyalgia pain
     

  • Peripheral neuropathy
     

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
     

  • Tendonitis
     

  • Bursitis
     

  • Capsulitis
     

  • Knee pain
     

  • Ligament sprains
     

  • Tennis elbow
     

  • Other acute injuries from repetitive motion



Each of the above conditions has pain and inflammatory component, making laser therapy a suitable treatment.


For pain relief, the laser brings down nerve sensitivity by reducing bradykinin concentration, a chemical that elicits pain. The laser also stimulates the production of endorphins and enkephalins. They are your body’s natural pain relievers. The laser also blocks pain on some nerve fibers.


In bringing down inflammation, the laser stimulates the release of ATP, a form of stored energy. Once released, the energy starts the cell repair process. Laser therapy also causes the veins and arteries around the injury site to widen, improving circulation and drainage in the area. Better circulation increases the availability of oxygen and nutrients. It also promotes the removal of damaged cellular components.


The chiropractor may perform laser therapy as a stand-alone treatment or combine it with rehabilitative therapies like exercise. Laser therapy and exercise therapy, in particular, complement each other well.


There’s no specified time that it takes patients to heal. Healing depends on your metabolic rate, among other factors. As such, some people heal faster from the same condition than others.


Advantages of Laser Therapy


Laser therapy has a lot of advantages, including:
 

  • It brings down pain and muscle spasms
     

  • Quickens cell repair, reproduction, and growth
     

  • Increases your metabolic activity
     

  • Enhances your vascular activity
     

  • Relaxes your muscles
     

  • It brings down the symptoms of osteoarthritis
     

  • Advances peripheral microcirculation
     

  • Brings down inflammation
     

  • Speeds up the recovery
     

  • Laser therapy is a non-invasive procedure, which is to say that you wouldn’t need surgical incisions. With no wound to heal, the recovery time is very fast.
     

  • You do not need to be under medication. Most people choose chiropractic care because they want to avoid taking medicines.
     

  • There are no serious side effects produced, so long as you are in the hands of a good chiropractor.
     

  • Reduces the formation of fibrous scar tissue
     

  • Activates the stem cells, increasing their number and enhancing healing

 

Laser therapy is an excellent treatment option for patients seeking pain relief and expedited healing without drugs or surgery. The chiropractor can combine it with other therapies to enhance your recovery. Get laser therapy treatment at Advanced Spinal Care in Charleston, South Carolina. You can also call the clinic on 843-350-5022 to request an appointment.

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