Dry Needling – What to know? Dry Needling is a highly effective modality used in Physical Therapy for the treatment of a multitude of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions. It is not appropriate for all conditions or pathologies and the use of the technique will be at the discretion of your physical therapist. How does it…
Cold Laser Therapy
Cold Laser Therapy, Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), Photo Therapy, Light Therapy
What is Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)?
LLLT is far more than an invisible flashlight! In fact, low-level lasers are yet another pain-free, sterile, non-invasive tool we use to help facilitate the healing process. Photons of visible and invisible light supply energy to the body by traveling through the layers of skin to the injured area. Unlike surgical lasers, low-level lasers do not produce heat, cut or damage tissue. Instead, cold light from the low-level laser is absorbed through the skin, increasing the cellular activity of tissue surrounding the injured area.
What injuries are treated with Low Level Laser Therapy?
Tendonitis, sprains, strains, back pain, neck pain, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, and many more.
How does it work?
How can light possibly be absorbed by the body and converted into something useful? The human body has been converting light energy since the beginning of time. Our ability to use sunlight to aid in the production of Vitamin D, “the sunshine vitamin,” is a perfect example of how our body is able to transform light into something beneficial. With LLLT, photons are absorbed by cells. Energy is transformed, powering metabolic processes. Beneficial proteins and enzymes needed for cellular repair are created. This leads to the regeneration and repair of damaged tissues and the modulation of pain.
What does the research say?
Advances in medicine are being made every day that help improve our practice and push us into new frontiers. The verdict is in! LLLT is part of that movement. It has been found to be extremely beneficial in the treatment of:
- 1. Inflammatory conditions – bursitis, tendonitis, arthritis, etc
- 2. Tissue damage – fractures, tendon ruptures, ligament tears, torn cartilage, etc
- 3. Pain conditions – low back pain, neck pain, pain associated with inflammatory conditions
Research has provided strong evidence supporting the effectiveness of laser therapy in accelerating tissue repair, bone healing, increasing circulation, increasing production of ATP, increasing cell metabolism, releasing growth factors, increasing collagen production, and stimulating the immune system. Although there are no known or documented harmful effects from the use of LLLT in physical therapy, precautionary measures are taken to avoid exposure during pregnancy, over known cancerous tissue, or over suspected active bleeding.
How does LLLT it fit into the treatment plan? Here at Boston Sports Medicine, we use LLLT as part of a comprehensive treatment approach when appropriate. As always, we design and implement treatment plans that are tailored to each individual’s needs and personal goals. Laser therapy has been proven effective at BSM in treating ligament sprains, tendonitis, muscular strains, joint pain, reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), and post-operative healing. The results have been faster injury and wound healing, decreased inflammation, and a reduction in pain. Patients who have failed with other non-invasive therapies often have demonstrated remarkable results with LLLT therapy. We have experienced no adverse effects with LLLT.
We use a Vectra Genisys 850nm cold laser system with 670nm LEDs. The combined output is 1040mW.
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