Cold laser therapy, also known as low Level laser therapy, is a treatment that utilizes specific wavelengths of light to interact with tissue and is known to accelerate the healing process of a variety of clinical conditions. By definition, this type of therapy uses radiation intensities that induce minimal temperature elevation (not more than 0.1 to 0.5 degrees celsius), if any. Low-energy lasers have been promoted as an effective way to produce pain relief.
Cold lasers are handheld devices used by the doctor and are typically the size of a flashlight. The laser is placed directly over the injured area for 30 seconds to several minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated and the dose provided by the cold laser unit.
This new and noninvasive technology, which is highly safe, is three times more effective than ultrasound. Using low-level light beams to penetrate deep into the soft tissue, cold laser has many benefits:
- Breaks down scar tissue
- Reduces inflammation and pain
- Stimulates new cell growth
Cold laser therapy is one option among a variety of treatment approaches that can potentially alleviate pain symptoms without the use of surgery or drugs.
Cold laser therapy is widely used for treatment of:
- Acute and chronic pain
- Ligament sprains
- Muscle strain
- Soft tissue injuries
- Tennis elbow
- Back pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Wound healing
What Will I Experience?
Though it goes on cold, you will feel a warm, tingly sensation. Cold laser therapy is also painless and fast. Each treatment typically takes only 3-7 minutes.
On What Areas Can It Be Used?
Cold laser therapy can be used on many parts of the body, including the smaller joints: ankles, elbows, wrists, knees and shoulders. It also can be used on the neck, hip and low back. This type of therapy has gained popularity in the world of professional sports. The Dallas Cowboys, for example, have portable cold laser therapy units on the sidelines that they can use on players during games.
If you’d like to experience the many benefits of cold laser therapy, book an appointment today!