Cold laser therapy is a form of alternative medicine that is used to treat in many different conditions. This therapy uses low power lasers or LEDs, which are applied to the surface on and around the areas of pain. Unlike high-powered lasers that are used in by the medical profession to destroy or cut tissue, the low power of a cold laser therapy laser is used to relieve pain and can also be used to stimulate and enhance cell functions. This type of cold laser therapy can be used for the treatment of several different musculoskeletal conditions including:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Pain relief
Advantages of cold laser therapy
One of the most significant advantages to cold laser therapy is that it is a non-invasive procedure, which means that no surgery is required. When a patient must undergo surgical intervention, there is going to be in a prolonged period of recovery. However, with cold laser therapy being a noninvasive procedure, there is not going to be an extended recovery time and a patient will be able to get back to their life as soon as possible.
This form of laser therapy also does not involve taking any medications, and with the ongoing opioid crisis, being able to avoid taking unnecessary medications is a good thing. The use of cold lasers for therapy has also been found not to have any serious side effects when administered by a trained professional.
Disadvantages of cold laser therapy
Like with all technology, the use of cold laser therapy does have a few disadvantages. One of the major complaints patients have about this pain relieving therapy is that they do not get immediate relief, but that it can take up to eight, or more, separate treatment cycles before they can get full release or resolution from their pain symptoms. Naturally, how long it takes for any therapy, including this one, to relieve the pain, depends on the severity and duration of the patient's condition. This also means that patients will have to come in for treatments on a slightly more regular basis but are still able to avoid addictive medications or intrusive surgical procedures.
The effectiveness of cold laser therapy
Physicians have been using cold lasers on patients for many years, as an alternative method of pain relief. While there have been numerous studies done since 1967, the effectiveness of cold laser therapy has not been in doubt and continues to be an extremely effective way to manage pain for patients who do not want to take oral pain medication and want to avoid the surgical option. The fantastic thing about cold laser therapy is that it is a beneficial treatment, especially for certain types of pain, because it causes little or no interference with a patient’s daily activities which means that a patient can get a treatment, be relieved of pain, and go about their day without having to miss a beat.
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