If you have injured tissues and other treatments haven’t fully helped, laser therapy may be just what the doctor ordered. The noninvasive treatment also provides a useful alternative for many people who aren’t able to have surgery for various reasons.
Learn more about noninvasive laser therapy by calling Empower Medical Center or requesting an appointment on our website.
How noninvasive laser therapy works
Dr. Chris Long uses a class IV K-laser, which produces specific wavelengths of light energy to spur healing and tissue regeneration. Once applied in target areas, the laser energy penetrates damaged tissue, such as bone, ligaments, or muscles, without damaging surrounding tissues. The light energy increases oxygen in the tissue, allowing it to absorb the light. Then, by lowering levels of inflammation, the tissue is able to heal more fully and quickly.
Benefits of laser therapy for damaged tissue
Because noninvasive laser therapy is gentle, you won’t need to stay in a hospital or put your life on hold for lengthy recovery time. Many people can go about their lives as usual shortly after treatment. Noninvasive laser therapy also brings far fewer risks compared to surgery, since it doesn’t involve incisions or general anesthesia.
In the treatment area, the laser can improve:
- Blood circulation
- Cellular healing
- Levels of pain and inflammation
- Nerve function
Conditions noninvasive laser therapy treats
A broad range of conditions involve tissue injury, which vary in intensity from mild and occasional to chronic and severe. Some of these conditions that Dr. Long and his team treat at Empower Medical Center include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Degenerative disc disease
- Herniated discs
- Joint damage, associated with arthritis
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Rotator cuff tears
- Spinal stenosis
- Sprains and strains
- Tennis elbow
Noninvasive laser therapy effectiveness
Research shows that noninvasive laser therapy is gentle enough for elderly patients, produces few side effects, and can serve as an effective adjunct therapy in people who have serious injuries or diseases, but aren’t experiencing sufficient pain relief. Research has also revealed a high effectiveness rate of laser therapy for treating jumper's knee, tennis elbow, and Achilles tendonitis.
Laser therapy affects people with injured tissues differently, based on factors such as the type, location, and intensity of your symptoms. Some people find that a single laser therapy treatment brings pronounced benefits quickly. Other people find that a series of laser therapy sessions produces optimal results. Once you reach the point at which you’re satisfied with your results, you might benefit from an occasional session for maintenance.