Laser Therapy and Pain Relief
How Laser Therapy Relieves Pain and Speeds Up Healing
Laser therapy is a type of treatment that uses light directed at particular parts of the body in order to reduce pain and inflammation while promoting healing. Because laser therapy focuses light on a specific painful area, it can repair damaged tissue and trigger the body’s own healing processes to speed additional oxygen and nutrients to the affected area.
Laser therapy has been used successfully by surgeons and physical therapists around the world for decades, and is a safe and effective option for relieving pain, speeding up healing time, and improving rehab results when all other treatments have failed.
How laser therapy works
When the light from laser therapy is directed at a specific location on the body, it stimulates the mitochondria of cells in the area, thereby boosting the production of energy. This extra energy is focused on healing faster and more fully, and it is helped even more because blood circulation will be improved in that area. That is what brings in additional oxygen, nutrients, and tissue-healing agents to the painful area, all of which go to work at bringing about faster healing. It also reduces inflammation and swelling, which has the effect of lowering pain levels, because nerve endings are no longer pressing against inflamed tissue.
Advantages of laser therapy
Perhaps one of the biggest advantages of laser therapy is that it is an alternative to painkillers, opioids, and other medications. Laser therapy is also non-invasive, meaning that it requires no surgery or other medical procedure that would necessitate downtime for a patient. It is also the only approach to pain management that can actually repair damaged tissue. Medication only masks painful symptoms until the medication wears off.
How laser therapy is used today
Because it has proven so effective at relieving pain and healing the body’s damaged cell tissue, laser therapy is being successfully used in a number of different applications, including:
- Sports injuries
- Carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive motion injuries
- Chronic and acute inflammation
- Diabetic neuropathy
Laser therapy can help almost any condition where pain and inflammation have occurred.
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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