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Cold Laser Therapy: Frequently Asked Questions

This Cold Laser Therapy FAQ is a listing of the most frequently asked questions about Cold Laser Therapy. A great place to start getting answers to all your basic Cold Laser Therapy questions.

What is Cold Laser Therapy?

Cold laser therapy, also referred to as low-level laser therapy is quickly becoming the first line of attack in pain control and tissue healing in rehabilitative medicine. Cold laser therapy is safe, painless, non-invasive and the results are often immediate. It has been FDA approved for pain management since February 2002.
The Cold Laser is an instrument we utilize in our office for several reasons. To find out more about how it works and what its used for, just click on some of the links below. Cold Laser Info Erchonia Lasers
Laser (L.A.S.E.R. ) is an acronym that stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emissions of Radiation. Cold Laser Therapy is a non-surgical, FDA Approved therapy for the relief of soft tissue related injuries. During this procedure light waves will travel into the body and heal the injured tissues and ease pain.
Cold laser therapy, sometimes also referred to as low-level laser therapy is quickly becoming the first line of attack in pain control and tissue healing in rehabilitative medicine. Cold laser therapy is safe, painless, non-invasive and the results are often immediate and sustainable. NASA has been using light therapy for over 30 years to accelerate the healing process for their astronauts while in space.
The term Cold Laser refers to the use of low-intensity or low levels of laser light. Researchers believe Cold Laser Therapy works by activating cells to better respond to injury and stress. The damaged cells stimulated by the laser might produce more proteins and anti-inflammatory chemicals to promote healing. At this time, no research studies have shown any serious side effects when administered properly. ...

WHAT ARE THE RESULTS OF COLD LASER THERAPY?

According to recent research, over 70% of Carpal Tunnel patients have good pain relief. This success rate is far better than surgical results, with NO side effects. (Research also indicates 66% of Carpal Tunnel surgeries are failures, meaning the patient has the same or worse pain afterward. ) Research results are similar with other conditions.

Is Cold Laser Therapy painful?

Low level lasers do not generate perceivable heat. Therefore, when the laser contacts the skin the patient experiences no warmth or burning as a result of the laser. Most people feel nothing at all while a few may feel a slight tingling during the treatment.

Is Cold Laser Therapy Safe?

Cold Laser Therapy is completely safe and painless. There are no known negative side effects. Both of our programs target specific points for the following: Stop Smoking: In addition to the release of endorphins, the points used in our Stop Smoking program help to control cravings for nicotine, reduce stress and balance normal organ function. Quitting smoking has never been easier! ...

HOW DOES COLD LASER THERAPY HEAL THE BODY?

The Cold Laser uses light waves in the red (near infrared) spectrum of the light prism. The particular wave length of the Cold Laser is specifically chosen to stimulate DNA & RNA replication. In other words, the laser begins a cascade of healing that allows the body to actually regenerate injured tissue and reverse abnormal cell and tissue dysfunction.

HOW CAN I BE SCHEDULED FOR COLD LASER THERAPY?

To see if Cold Laser Therapy is appropriate for you or a loved one, simply call our office at 410-877-8077 and tell the receptionist that you are interested in our Cold Laser program. An initial consultation can usually be scheduled within 48 hours. If you qualify for care, treatment may begin as soon as a week in most cases. ^Back to TOP^ - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT CHIROPRACTIC & PHYSICAL THERAPY

What Conditions Does Cold Laser Therapy Treat?

Many acute and chronic conditions may be improved or eliminated with laser. Here are just some of the conditions it treats: Arthritis Back and neck pain Bursitis Carpal Tunnel Injuries Fibromyalgia Fractures Frozen Shoulder Migraine Headaches Muscle strains, sprains, contusions Neck Pain/Whiplash Neuritis Plantar Fascitis Post Surgical Pain Prolapsed Disc Pulled Ligaments Post-Operative ...

Where can Cold Laser Therapy be applied?

Cold Laser Therapy may be applied wherever there is acute or chronic pain or inflammation. Because Cold Lasers work at the cellular levels, users have reported users have reported success using Cold Laser Therapy for pain associated with arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, whiplash, headaches, back and shoulder pain, TMD/TMJ, burns, cuts, sprains, colds – and much more.

WHAT CAN THERAPEUTIC COLD LASER THERAPY HELP?

The result of Therapeutic Cold Laser Therapy is diminished pain, reduced inflammation, decreased edema, faster healing times and increased strength of repaired tissues. Low Level Laser Therapy heals a a wide range of medical conditions including: • Arthritis (Osteo & Rheumatoid) • Back Pain • Bursitis • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome • Contusions • Fibromyalgia • Frozen Shoulder • Headaches • Heel Pain • Jaw Problems • Migraines • Muscle Pain • Neck Pain • Neuritis / Neuralgia • Post-Operative ...

IS COLD LASER THERAPY COVERED BY MY MEDICAL INSURANCE?

Cold Laser Therapy is an accepted physical therapy procedure. It is covered by most medical insurance. Your medical insurance may have constraints with regarding co-payments and prior authorization for therapy. These constraints would apply to Cold Laser as well. We will help you file these treatments with your insurance.

Alternative therapy: Cold laser, acupuncture, acupressure, hypnosis or laser therapy? Any comments?

The Cochrane review of acupuncture, laser, etc is not supportive of their use. I found only one controlled study on laser therapy, reported in a Chinese CAM journal — not superior to placebo among the adolescent subjects in the trial. A Pub Med abstract from a CAM journal says this about acupuncture: “For smoking cessation, tinnitus, and weight loss the evidence is usually regarded as negative.”
Source: www.aafp.org

Does cold laser therapy make hypnosis easier and more effective?

Yes, because when the endorphin levels are increased, cravings and anxiety are decreased.

WHAT IS THERAPEUTIC COLD LASER THERAPY AND HOW DOES IT WORK?

Therapeutic Cold Laser Therapy utilizes low level lasers to alter light giving it the power to penetrate skin and drive healing energy into the tissues. The main therapeutic effect of these lasers is to stimulate the repair and healing process of an injury or wound. It has also demonstrated the ability to significantly accelerate and enhance the body's natural defenses.

WHAT DOES THERAPEUTIC COLD LASER THERAPY FEEL LIKE?

Most people feel nothing at all during the treatment, while some may feel a slight tingling. Low power lasers do not generate perceivable heat. Therefore, when the laser contacts the skin, the patient experiences no warmth or burning as a result of the laser. For this reason, they are sometimes called "cold" lasers.

Is Cold Laser therapy safe and are there any side effects?

Cold Laser Therapy has been successfully used around the world for over 30 years, with no reported long-term side effects. In the United States the FDA has ruled that the therapy is safe. Our office utilizes Erchonia and Thor name brand lasers with are FDA certified and licensed by the governing laws in the state of Arizona. The question is often asked "If it's a laser aren't they used in surgical operations, to cauterize tissue? " The answer is "Yes" - Hot Lasers are able to cauterize (cut) tissue. ...
Cold Laser Therapy has been successfully used around the world for over 30 years, with no reported long-term side effects. In the United States the FDA has ruled that the therapy is safe. The laser used in our office is an FDA certified laser. For the past 30 years the technology of Cold Laser Therapy (also known as Low Level Laser Therapy or LLLT) has been formally accepted in Canada and in many other parts of the world such as Europe, Scandinavia, Russia and Japan. ...

Do you use Laser for Hair Transplant? What is Low Level Laser Therapy or Cold Laser?

Few years back Hair Transplant Community used Laser to drill micro holes for implanting Hair roots. They soon found out that the hair growth was poor and Laser was doing more damage to the wall of the hole and its blood supply then it helped. As a result no Hair Transplant Surgeon of good standing in the world uses Laser for Hair Transplant. ...

I HAVE HAD SURGERY, BUT CONTINUE TO HAVE PAIN. CAN I TRY COLD LASER THERAPY?

Cold Laser Therapy can help people with significant pain after failed surgery. Even in patients with substantial soft tissue damage as a result of multiple surgeries.

What is Low Intensity (aka "cold") Laser Therapy?

Low Intensity Laser Therapy (LILT) is the use of monochromatic light emission from a low intensity laser diode (250 mW or less) or an array of high intensity superluminous diodes (providing total optical power in the 10 to 2000 mW range). The light source is placed in contact with the damaged tissue allowing the photon energy to penetrate to various levels. There are two types of diodes used in LILT: 1) Superluminous Diodes (SLD) are designed for the treatment of a large surface area. ...

I heard that cold laser therapy will help my chronic sinus and allergy conditions, is that true?

Cold laser therapy (Low level laser) is the newest therapy to treat a wide variety of conditions. Sinus infections can be healed with laser in a very short time. The cold laser uses low power light which triggers a response from the body’s natural immune system and is found to induce the cellular healing process (reduce swelling). According to published medical reports, many acute and chronic conditions can be eliminated with cold laser therapy. Cold laser treatments are painless and completely non-invasive. ...

How does Cold Laser Therapy work?

Photon energy is penetrated into the tissue eliciting photochemical and photobiological responses. Photoreceptors respond to laser light causing a build-up of singlet oxygen. Singlet oxygen is a free radical that influences the formation of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the cells energy and fuel source. Increased ATP production leads to a cascade of reactions aiding the healing process, such as, increased cell metabolism and collagen synthesis, local effects on the immune system, and many other measured effects.

Can I use Cold Laser Therapy if I'm pregnant?

Most patients report that they do not feel anything while the treatment is being administered. A slight tingling or heat sensation may be experienced when the laser is used over sensitive areas such as lips or open wounds. Yes, cold laser therapy is safe. The BioMed Laser™ meets all FDA laser safety and performance standard requirements and is a registered product of the FDA. The BioMed Laser™ is designed and manufactured following the highest manufacturing practices. The BioMed Laser™ is a class 3b laser. ...
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