If you have chronic back pain and want to avoid taking medications over the long-term, it’s a good time to consider other non-surgical back pain treatment options. One effective treatment that is available is Cold Laser Therapy.
How Does Cold Laser Therapy Work?
A cold laser uses low levels of light to penetrate into the injured tissues that are causing pain. For many patients, this is the lower back. The wavelength of the light increase blood flow to the area which results in more cell regeneration and a reduction in pain.
Each treatment usually lasts from a couple of minutes to 20 minutes. Patients may need a series of cold laser therapy sessions to be effective.
Benefits of Cold Laser Therapy
Cold laser therapy is a convenient, cost-effective, non-invasive way to treat painful conditions almost right away. It does more than reduce pain, however. Here are three additional benefits of cold laser therapy using the MLS Laser.
1. Cold Laser Reduces Swelling
When the body is injured, swelling is common. The cold laser will reduce the swelling by activating the lymphatic system which drains out the extra fluid in the injured area. This results in reduced swelling.
2. Cold Laser Therapy Helps the Body Heal Faster
Some cold lasers, such as the MLS® Laser use multiple wavelengths of light, synchronized together, for deeper penetration into the affected tissues. This combination of laser light increases the energy available to the cell so it can take on nutrients faster and get rid of waste products quicker.
It has also been shown to help with forming new capillaries in the damaged tissue. This allows for more blood flow to the injured area. The result is faster healing and less scar tissue.
3. Cold Laser Therapy Can Reduce the Use of Pain Medications
Because cold laser therapy treatments are focused on healing the body rather than only relieving the pain, you may find that medication isn’t necessary after several treatments. Your chiropractor will tell you if they think cold laser therapy can work to treat your pain, depending on the cause.
Is Cold Laser Therapy Right For You?
Cold laser therapy can begin to work as quickly as the same day or over a period of several treatments and is successful in treating many types of pain, from tennis elbow to back pain and muscle or tendon injuries. It really is a great option for not only reducing pain but also improving function in the injured area so that you will experience less pain in the future.
The best possible way to determine if this treatment is a good option for your neck, back, knee, or hip pain is to consult with a qualified chiropractor who can examine you and explain your different treatment options. Dr. Andy Thomas works closely with patients to explain your condition and treatment options that can sometimes even avoid surgery.
Contact us today to and discuss ways that we can help to relieve your pain.