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Laser Therapy and Chronic Pain

Opioid-Free Pain Relief: How Laser Therapy is Helping Chronic Pain Patients

In 2019, a survey found that more than 10 million people over the age of 12 had abused opioids within the previous 12-month period. What’s more, since 1999, more than 760,000 people in the US have died from drug overdoses and two-thirds of those involved opioid usage.

Laser therapy is a form of chronic pain treatment that has the potential to significantly reduce the nationwide challenge of opioid addiction. Laser therapy is extremely effective and non-addictive, so it would seem to be the perfect answer to reducing this country’s dependence on opioids for resolving pain and discomfort.

How laser therapy helps chronic pain patients

Drug addiction in any of its forms is a nasty thing. The addict literally loses control of his/her life and begins to center existence around acquiring the drugs they need to make it through the day. And it all begins with a simple desire to banish persistent pain.

With laser therapy, that can not only be accomplished, but it will do much better than simply mask symptoms for the duration of any medication.

Laser light penetrates deep into damaged tissue to improve circulation and bring more oxygen and nutrients to those areas. It also speeds healing because it stimulates the body’s own natural healing processes. And opioids? They just temporarily make you feel better – until the drugs wear off, and reality intrudes again. If you place these two forms of treatment side by side, there’s really no comparison – laser therapy wins on all fronts.

Benefits of using laser therapy for pain

Some of the benefits already discovered by thousands of patients nationwide include the following:

  • no side effects after a therapy session
  • treatments are customized to the individual
  • each session is quick and easy – you could do it during your lunch hour
  • it can treat a number of different chronic pain conditions
  • it’s perfect for post-surgery recovery and rehabilitation
  • relief is long-lasting in nature, not temporary like medications are.
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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