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Cold Laser Therapy FAQ
Our chiropractic office is now offering low-level laser therapy to treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal injuries for Portland, Gresham, Camas, Happy Valley, Fairview, Troutdale, as well as Vancouver, WA. In this FAQ, our chiropractor has answered some of the common questions we receive.
Cold laser therapy or low-level laser therapy (LLLT) is a holistic treatment that utilizes low level light beams to decrease healing times and reduce inflammation. Each cell in the human body has a section that can turn light into energy. When the light is directed onto and into your skin, the photosynthetic areas of your cells become active. The extra energy stimulates the cells to regenerate, which can help heal new and old injuries.
Cold laser therapy can be used to treat a wide variety of sports, work and repetitive motion injuries, including arthritis, back and neck pain, fibromyalgia, tennis elbow, runner’s knee, carpel tunnel syndrome and tendonitis.
The treatment is completely non-invasive and not painful. During your session, our chiropractor will instruct you to sit or lay down, depending on the area to be treated, and a handheld wand will be used to deliver the light to the cells. Each session lasts a maximum of 15 minutes.
Some individuals feel pain relief after the first session, but in general, it will take several treatments before your pain is noticeably reduced. LLLT reduces inflammation, increases circulation and reduces pain. Results are completely dependent on the severity of the injury and whether or not the individual has any underlying conditions.
The exact number of treatments will depend on your specific injury and circumstances. Once you complete your initial evaluation with our chiropractor, she will be able to give you a timeframe for pain relief and healing.
LLLT is FDA approved, and it has been tested in numerous research studies to gauge its effectiveness. In all of the studies, patients experienced significant pain relief and healing after a maximum of 15 sessions. Some patients reported feeling better sooner.
There are no side effects with LLLT treatment. The procedure is nearly painless and completely non-invasive. In fact, many of our patients use this therapy in an attempt to avoid invasive procedures, steroid injections and surgeries.
There is no need to rest after the treatment. However, if you wish to participate in sporting activities and exercise programs, you should consult with our chiropractor on the best way to continue your exercise routines without reinjuring the area while it is healing.
To schedule an appointment for an initial evaluation of your injury and symptoms, call our Portland office at (503) 252-3560.