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Laser Therapy

Laser Therapy

Changing the landscape of pain management

Even though laser therapy is a relatively new form of treatment for pain management, the news about its effectiveness is spreading. There is no doubt that it is becoming a popular form of pain management. Medication and surgery will likely always have a place in the catalog of potential treatments, but there’s no question that laser therapy has become a viable pain treatment option. The fact that it’s a non-addictive form of pain treatment, and that it’s also non-invasive, makes laser therapy a popular choice.

Why is laser therapy so effective?

The wavelengths used in laser therapy can trigger several different therapeutic effects and can significantly contribute to rapid healing and recovery for a patient. Healing time is generally shortened because the inflammation and pain in an area will be rapidly reduced. Stimulation by the wavelengths improves circulation in that specific area, which draws in additional nutrients, oxygen, and water.

In turn, this promotes faster recovery and a quicker return to health. There are several different ways that laser therapy addresses inflammation and pain, and all of them help bring the situation under control more rapidly.

How can laser therapy be used to treat orthopedic patients?

Laser therapy is extremely versatile, and it’s possible to use different strength levels to treat different kinds of conditions. Some of the benefits delivered by laser therapy include a reduction of swelling and pain, stiffness, muscle spasms, and inflammation. It is also extremely good at increasing collagen production and accelerating the repair of bones. It can reduce edema and promote lymphatic drainage. Given that laser therapy has all these capabilities, it’s versatile enough time to be used in treating all the following conditions:

  • sciatica
  • pain in the knees, ankles, shoulders, feet, or hips
  • fibromyalgia
  • tennis elbow
  • acute pain from sports injuries
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • inflamed muscles, ligaments, and tendons
  • arthritis

Hallmarks of laser technology

One of the hallmarks of laser therapy is its amazing precision. Laser therapy is extremely good at treating damaged body tissue while leaving healthy tissue completely undisturbed. Additionally, laser therapy is far less invasive than surgery, and there is no recovery time.

At a Glance

Ronak M. Patel M.D.

  • Double Board-Certified, Fellowship-Trained Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Past Team Physician to the Cavaliers (NBA), Browns (NFL) and Guardians (MLB)
  • Published over 49 publications and 10 book chapters
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