About Laser Therapy

What is Light Force Therapy?

Laser therapy is a non-invasive healing method that uses laser energy to help damaged tissues. Laser therapy reduces pain and inflammation, and expedites healing from a wide range of acute and chronic pain conditions. Laser therapy is a drug-free, surgery-free technique to help recover body function and mobility impaired by damaged tissues.

Cleared by the FDA in 2003, laser therapy has become standard of care for many musculoskeletal injuries. A growing body of literature is supporting laser therapy as a method to reduce inflammation and expedite the recovery process.

The Light Force laser system has been clinically proven to relieve pain associated with injuries, accidents or surgeries. Light Force Therapy has been used for years by physical therapists and athletic trainers working with professional athletes who have been injured. Using a Class IV laser, deep layers of tissue are exposed to light energy which activate the body’s healing response. This metabolic effect has a domino effect throughout the body reducing inflammation and lowering pain levels. The Light Force therapy machine looks like a box with a wand attached which can target specific areas of the body. Treatments typically last five to ten minutes and most patients experience relief in just three to five sessions. FDA cleared and strictly controlled by ISO standards, Light Force therapy is safe, painless and non-invasive.

How Does Laser Therapy Work?

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Lasers are basically light energy that has been amplified and focused into a particular area. There are two different types of therapeutic lasers, hot and cold. Hot lasers are typically used during surgery while cold lasers are generally used to speed tissue healing. Cold lasers work by flooding the injured tissue with photons, which stimulate healing in damaged cells and increase circulation to the area. The body’s natural healing response relieves pain, improves function, and reduces swelling without medication or surgery. Best of all, the therapeutic effect of cold laser therapy continues long after the treatment itself. For 18 to 24 hours after the laser is applied to the injured area, your body continues to benefit from the metabolic effect of your treatment.

What Can I Expect From Laser Therapy?

Your physical therapist will be able to identify areas for treatment and the length and number of treatments you may require. Once your treatment plan is set, your physical therapist will administer laser therapy as just one of your many physical therapy services. Treatments typically last five to ten minutes. As soon as the therapy begins, you will begin to feel a soothing warmth in the areas where the laser is applied. Most patients begin to see results in as few as three treatments while others report feeling better after a single session.

What Conditions can be Treated with Laser Therapy?

Laser therapy effectively treats lower back pain, neck pain, arthritis, bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, plantar, and sciatica. It can also be used to treat sports injuries, sprains and strains, or other soft tissue injuries throughout the body. Anywhere there is pain or injury, laser therapy can help. Even older injuries that have not healed properly can be improved with this type of physical therapy service. However, it is important to note that laser therapy is most effective when combined with physical therapy. While this modality addresses pain, inflammation, and healing, it increases flexibility and mobility only when combined with therapeutic exercise, stretching, and other physical therapy services.

What Are the Experts Saying?

In 2015, a study in the Annals of Cardiac Anesthesia proved the effectiveness of laser therapy in pain reduction by evaluating 100 patients who received laser treatment 30 minutes after surgery. Normally, the incision into the sternum is so painful that patients need oral and/or injectable opioids, but after only one laser treatment, 60% of patients reported pain levels lower than 5 out of 10 at 24 hours after treatment. The participants received up to three treatments, and by the third day after surgery, no opioid analgesia was needed by any of them.

The Journal of Sport Physical Therapy (JOSPT) has endorsed laser therapy through randomized double blind studies that have proven low-level laser therapy is successful in treating both musculoskeletal neck pain as well as neck pain caused by osteoarthritis. It was found to be an effective treatment for use in treating chronic neck pain with mobility deficits and acute neck pain with radiating symptoms.”

“Clinicians should consider the use of low-level laser therapy to decrease pain and stiffness in patients with Achilles tendinopathy.” – American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

“Laser therapy is beneficial in treatment of neck pain.” – World Health Organization (WHO)

“Laser therapy shows strong evidence of effectiveness for pain relief.” – International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)