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Laser Therapy FAQ
What is laser therapy?
What types of conditions are appropriate for laser therapy?
- Arthritis (all types)
- Disc herniation
- Neck pain
- Temporomandibular (TMJ) pain and arthrosis (arthritis)
- Shoulder/rotator cuff injuries
- Frozen shoulder
- Elbow pain and injuries
- Wrist pain and injuries
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Hand pain and injuries
- Lumbar pain, sprain, and strain
- Hip pain
- Knee pain and sprain
- Achilles tendonitis
- Heel spur
- Plantar fasciitis
- Foot pain
How does a laser heal tissue?
Lasers use light to accelerate cellular metabolism through a process known as "photobiomodulation". The head of the laser compresses tissue to accelerate fluid drainage of the area. Light (photons) is absorbed by water and a variety of proteins in the body. Some of these photons affect the way cells transport electrons and thereby increase energy transfer within cells. Light also acts as an antioxidant, enhances signaling between and within cells, dilates blood vessels, and mitigates inflammatory response in the treated area. These changes cause increased growth factor production, faster cell reproduction, and formation of a stronger matrix that binds cells together. Laser-induced blood vessel dilation speeds healing in the treated area by allowing cells to receive more oxygen, sugars, proteins, and salts, while removing waste quickly.
For a detailed, technical animation explaining how lasers work, watch the video below.
Does laser treatment hurt? What does it feel like?
Are there any side effects or risks associated with treatment? Are there patients who should not receive laser treatment?
Laser therapy is not appropriate for patients with fever, hemorrhages, or cancer or those who are pregnant. Steroids or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may reduce the effectiveness of cold laser therapy. Common NSAIDs include: "Generic (Brand name)"
- Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin)
- Naproxen (Aleve, Anaprox)
- Asprin (Bayer, Ascriptin, Ecotrin)
- Celecocoxib+Sulindac (Celebrex)
- Piroxicam (Feldene)
- Oxaprozin + Salsalate+ Diflunisal (Daypro)
- Indomethacin + Etodolac (Indocin)
- Meloxicam (Mobic)
- Diclofenac (Voltaren)
- Naproxen + Nabumetone + Ketrorolac Tromethamine (Naprosyn)
- Naproxen+Esomeprazole (Vimovo)
What type of laser does Integrative Oriental Medicine use? Is it cleared by the FDA?
The Aspen Pinnacle 30 Watt System is cleared by the FDA for "temporary relief of pain associated with arthritis, muscle pain and increasing microcirculation".
How often to I need to receive laser treatment?
How long does each laser treatment take?
How many treatments do I need before I start seeing results?
How many treatments do I need total?
Can I combine laser with other therapies?
How long do laser treatments last? How much do they cost?
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