Laser Therapy

What is Laser Therapy?

Laser therapy is a Class IV medical procedure that delivers red and near-infrared wavelengths of light to promote therapeutic benefits. These effects include improving circulation, reducing swelling, decreasing pain, and enhancing the body’s ability to repair tissues.

Laser therapy isn’t necessarily a new practice, as it has been utilized in European medicine since the 1970s, but it was not approved by the United States FDA until 2002. Recently, the Summus Medical Laser has become the primary laser choice for thousands of medical providers across the globe.

What Hurts? FAQ’s About Laser Therapy

Charleston Pain Relief Center is excited to offer class IV laser therapy. This video explains how it works. Best of all, it works on so many conditions; too many to list here! If you’re in pain, chances are class IV laser therapy will help you.

Medical studies have shown that laser therapy is effective in treating the following conditions:
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Acute and chronic pain

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Ligament sprains

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Muscle strain

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Soft tissue injuries

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Tendonitis

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Arthritis

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Tennis elbow

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Back pain

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Bursitis

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Disc pain

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Disc Degeneration

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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Fibromyalgia

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Wound healing

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Nerve pain

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Acute and chronic pain

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Ligament sprains

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Muscle strain

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Soft tissue injuries

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Tendonitis

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Arthritis

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Tennis elbow

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Back pain

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Bursitis

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Disc Degeneration

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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Fibromyalgia

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Wound healing

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Disc pain

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Nerve pain

Laser therapy is most useful for providing pain relief and promoting healing for patients with the above conditions. Additionally, this therapy type can increase a patient’s range of motion when inflammation and stiffness have impacted their quality of life.

Laser Therapy’s Health Benefits

Class IV laser therapy works to stimulate natural tissue repair and cellular growth. Specifically, the Platinum Series tools used by Summus Medical Laser accelerate the body’s natural healing process by reducing inflammation, pain, and the formation of scar tissue. Applying this non-invasive therapy option to manage chronic and acute pain can generate significant positive results.

Therapeutic Benefits

Utilizing laser energy is an effective way to painlessly promote better blood circulation by working to target an affected area and provide tissues with the oxygen and nutrients needed to properly heal a wound.

Laser therapy creates an ideal healing environment, allowing patients to recover from painful inflammation, swelling, muscle spasms, stiffness, and widespread pain.

Cellular Benefits

During the application of laser therapy, infrared laser light penetrates into the tissue and works at a cellular level to increase metabolic activity within the cells. This increase stimulates cells so that they can more efficiently transport healthy cells across the cell membrane so that ATP, or cellular energy, can be produced to a greater degree. Increasing the production of healthy cellular energy accelerates the healing process so that patients contend with pain and inflammation for a reduced length of time.

Laser Therapy Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How often can a patient receive laser therapy?
A: Laser therapy treatments may vary greatly from one patient to another. Individuals with acute conditions can be treated daily while other conditions can be treated several times a week, once a week, or every other week.

Q: How many treatments are needed to produce results?
A: Depending on the patient’s response and the nature of the condition being treated, some results may take effect after 4-6 treatments. In more chronic situations, 6-12 treatments may be needed before the desired result is produced.

Q: How long does it take for the patient to feel results?
A: Some patients may feel improvement (such as pain reduction) after their first treatment. Other patients may need a number of treatments before they start to feel a positive change.

Q: Can laser therapy be used alongside other therapies?
A: Yes, laser therapy can be used alongside other therapies. It is often administered in conjunction with physical therapy, chiropractic care, massage sessions, soft tissue mobilization, and electrotherapy. Depending on a patient’s care plan, laser therapy can be used to increase the effectiveness of other treatments.

Q: Is laser therapy painful?
A: No, laser therapy is not painful. During treatment, patients will experience little to no sensation, and those that do will experience a mild, warm, tingling sensation. However, areas being treated may feel more sensitive for a brief time before pain reduction occurs.

Q: Are there any side effects or risks associated with laser therapy?
A: Throughout more than two decades of laser therapy use, there have been very few side effects reported. Occasionally, past injuries or sources of pain may feel sensitive for a few days following the laser therapy session, but this effect is short-lived.

Q: How long does a laser therapy session take?
A: Usually, a laser therapy treatment session takes 4-8 minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area.

Q: Is the effectiveness of laser therapy supported with science?
A: Yes, there are thousands of published medical studies that examine the clinical effectiveness of laser therapy in patients. Among these studies are over 100 carefully controlled scientific studies that document the effects laser therapy produces when used to treat an array of medical conditions.

Laser therapy is one option among a variety of treatment approaches that can potentially alleviate pain symptoms without the use of surgery or drugs. Call us today at 843-225-2550 or schedule an appointment to get started.