Laser therapy for pain control, also known as ‘cold laser’, is performed with FDA cleared equipment. It is growing in popularity due to it’s ease of use, safety, and affordability. Clinics such as ours typically employ stronger and more expensive equipment, but less expensive light therapy is available for home use.
Studies on laser therapy suggest that it reduces joint pain if applied properly.
How does it work? We’ve known for over 100 years that light has an effect on cellular function of living organisms but it wasn’t until the 1960’s that it was realized this could benefit eqpatients in the clinic. Europe and Asia pioneered the use of laser treatments starting in the late 1970’s. Then in 2001 the FDA cleared the technology for development and use in the United States.
Conditions which may respond best to laser therapy include:
- Face & TMJ Pain (shown in picture)
- Shoulder Pain (shoulder tendosis)
- Elbow Pain
- Whiplash Injury Pain
- Neck Pain
- Back Pain
- Repetitive Strain Injury Pain
- Foot Pain
- Joint Pain (thumb arthritis)
- Nerve Pain (Neuropathy, Shingles, or Bells Palsy
How Laser Therapy Works
When laser therapy is utilized to treat conditions such as these, the intention is to treat the body at the cellular level. For example, if treating a rotator cuff problem, the goal is to treat the cells in the specific shoulder tendon which is causing the problem (this requires diagnosis).
The laser therapy itself is known as ‘cold’, that is it is sub-thermal.
Technically, our intention is to apply near infrared light over the area we are treating. These non-thermal (non heat producing) photons of light travel through the skin’s layers (dermis, epidermis and subcutaneous tissue) to the treatment target.