Cold Laser Therapy
Advanced Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy now offers cold laser therapy, a type of laser therapy for pain and inflammation. Light therapy is appropriate for the treatment of acute and chronic pain associated with a number of conditions.
What is laser therapy?
Cold laser therapy is a type of laser therapy chiropractic professionals rely on to provide complete relief from pain and inflammation. Laser therapy harnesses the energy in light to stimulate circulation within tissues, which reduces inflammation and promotes healing. Cold laser therapy can help eliminate pain, reduce swelling, calm spasms, and increase functionality.
To perform laser therapy, our chiropractors uses a handheld device that is about the size of a flashlight. The doctor places the laser directly over the affected area for anywhere from 30 seconds to several minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area.
The device emits non-thermal, or cool, photons of light that pass through layers of skin and fat to reach injured tissue. Cool lasers can penetrate 2 to 5 centimeters below the skin. Light sensitive elements in tissue cells absorb and interact with the light energy emitted by the cool laser device. Absorption of the light triggers changes in the cell that eventually lead to reduction in pain and inflammation. These changes also reduce healing time by increasing intracellular metabolism, which means the changes help cells use energy in the healing process.
Conditions Treated by Cold Laser Therapy in Riverdale
Cold laser therapy is a safe and effective treatment for a number of conditions that commonly affect people in Riverdale.
Conditions treated by light therapy include:
- Arthritis pain
- Back pain
- Fibromyalgia pain
- Knee pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Neck pain
Benefits of Cold Laser Therapy Compared with Other Treatment Approaches
When compared with other types of treatments, such as surgery and painkillers, cold laser therapy is highly beneficial. Here are just a few of the many benefits of light therapy:
- Easy to apply – the doctor merely rubs the device against your skin
- Extremely safe - there are no known serious risks associated with cold laser therapy
- No side effects or pain
- Cost effective – cold laser therapy is substantially less expensive than surgery
- Highly effective in treating ailments
- Superior alternative to painkillers, anti-inflammatory drugs and other medications
- Reduces the need for surgery
- Works synergistically with standard chiropractic care and physical therapy
Cold laser therapy is a viable treatment option for those who want to avoid surgery or the use of dangerous opioid medications. While laser light treatments are safe and effective, though, they may not provide relief from pain symptoms after just one session – many patients require repeat sessions to achieve full relief. The number of sessions depends on the severity of symptoms and underlying cause of pain.
If you experience pain or inflammation from an acute or chronic injury, cold laser therapy may be right for you. To learn more today and feel better tomorrow, make an appointment with Advanced Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy. Our caring and compassionate staff of chiropractors has special expertise in performing Cold Laser Therapy to provide optimal results. Advanced Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy is conveniently located at 18 Newark Pompton Turnpike in Riverdale, NJ. Make your appointment today by filling out this form or by calling (973) 616-4555.