Is laser therapy on your radar for getting relief from pain? After hearing about the exciting benefits this treatment offers for people suffering from pain, many people want to know more about how laser therapy can help them to recover from injuries and strains that aren’t responding to other therapies. Using light beams, a physician may be able to help you finally get relief from a longstanding injury or pain point somewhere in your body. You probably have many questions about what to expect when showing up for this cutting-edge procedure. A consultation is always necessary to decide if you’re a good candidate for laser therapy. However, you can get a good idea of what to expect from this treatment by taking a look at some frequently asked questions about laser therapy. Take a look! If you don’t see your question answered below, please feel free to reach out to our office today!
How Does Laser Therapy Work?
During laser therapy, light penetrates the skin and tissue. Once absorbed by your cells, this light is converted into energy that gets cellular activity into high gear for advanced healing. The laser light is only applied to the specific area of your body that is in need of healing. While the light itself does not heal your cells on the spot, it does create a cascading effect that enables your cells to heal tissue. Ultimately, laser therapy enables your body to activate its own healing potential.
What Does Laser Therapy Treat?
Laser therapy is used to treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal injuries and pain. Using pure laser light delivered at tailored frequencies, laser therapy is known to promote tissue repair and restoration. Many people find relief when using laser therapy to treat arthritis, plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome and migraines. It can also be useful for pain centered in the neck, hips, hands, feet and shoulders. One of the benefits of laser therapy over other options is that it helps to promote the growth of healthy cells and tissue with reduced scarring. Laser therapy can also be beneficial for a variety of inflammatory issues.
What Are the Health Benefits of Laser Therapy?
In addition to treating specific injuries, laser therapy also offers some general health benefits for people struggling with issues related to inflammation or chronic conditions. There is evidence to suggest that laser therapy can offer support for the immune system. Additionally, laser therapy may help to stimulate better functioning of the nervous system.
Why Should I Try Laser Therapy?
Laser therapy may be a good option for you if you’re suffering from chronic or acute pain or injury. There is no “time limit” regarding how soon after an injury laser therapy can be used. Many people find that receiving laser therapy soon after injuries occur helps to speed up healing time. This often applies for things like tears and sprains. However, laser therapy can also be very helpful for healing long-term, chronic pain.
What Is the Benefit of Laser Therapy Over Other Options?
Laser therapy is a noninvasive alternative to surgery. Unlike surgical intervention, laser therapy does not require cuts or incisions. As a result, patients don’t have to worry about risks of infection or surgical complications. Laser doesn’t require the downtime and recovery time needed following surgery. Laser surgery can also be a better option than relying on pain medications because it focuses on healing instead of just neutralizing pain.
Is Laser Therapy Painful?
Not at all! In some cases, patients feel a slight warming sensation during treatment. However, it’s possible that you won’t feel anything at all. Laser therapy is so gentle that patients sometimes fall asleep during treatment.
Is There a Recovery Time After Laser Treatment?
Generally, patients don’t feel any pain following laser therapy. However, there may be some very mild pain between six and 24 hours following treatment as your tissue begins the healing process. You are generally free to resume normal activities immediately after leaving the office. Patients should try to avoid overexerting themselves immediately following laser treatments.
How Long Does Laser Therapy Take?
Each laser therapy session is extremely short. In fact, most laser sessions only take between 10 and 15 minutes. Patients only need to schedule between 30 and 45 minutes for their appointments in many cases. Your actual treatment plan will be developed based on your needs. For patients with severe pain, it may be beneficial to have several laser sessions in a week.
How Quickly Will the Pain Go Away After Laser Therapy?
Each patient has a different experience. However, it’s very common for patients to feel noticeable improvements after the first laser session. This can include pain relief and better mobility. When a patient sees immediate results, it’s not necessarily a reason to be done with treatment. A treatment plan is the best path for sustained, deep results. Many patients begin to see the cumulative benefits of laser therapy after two to five sessions. In fact, the benefits are really only just beginning when patients get up to leave the office.
Can I Still Use Other Treatments and Therapies If I Get Laser Therapy?
Absolutely! Laser therapy can be used with a wide variety of other treatments as part of a holistic plan for healing from pain and injury. In fact, many patients intentionally utilize laser therapy in conjunction with chiropractic adjustments and massage. Simply speak with your care providers regarding your health history and treatment plan to ensure that laser therapy doesn’t pose any concerns.
Will My Insurance Cover Laser Therapy?
Laser therapy coverage varies by insurer and plan. A large number of insurance companies still aren’t reimbursing for laser treatments. It’s certainly worth asking your insurer if this type of therapy is covered. Many patients with plans that do not cover laser therapy ultimately decide to pay out of pocket for this option because of the benefits offered. What’s more, out-of-pocket costs for laser therapy may be comparable to deductible costs for an alternative like surgery.
Is Any Medication Used During Laser Therapy?
No, laser therapy does not involve the use of any medications. Lasers do not inject any medications into the skin.
Is There Anything Special I Should Do to Prepare for Laser Therapy?
No, there is no special preparation for laser therapy. When you consult with our office, we’ll discuss some general best practices with you that may help you to get the best results from your laser therapy treatments.
What Should I Do If I’m Interested in Laser Therapy?
If you think laser therapy could help you to heal a painful injury or chronic pain, it’s time to talk to a physician about receiving treatments. You can make an appointment to discuss your options. Your care provider will go over the basics of laser therapy with you before discussing how the benefits align with your needs. Additionally, factors like your health history, treatment history and lifestyle will be discussed to ensure that you’ll create a treatment plan that provides you with the biggest benefit.