Physiotherapy involves a combination of treatment and various equipment and tools to provide injured patients with pain relief. Cold laser therapy, also known as low-intensity laser light therapy, is one of the popular physiotherapy services used to accelerate the recovery process at a cellular level, reduce pain and inflammation, and enhance mobilization.
While cold laser therapy is a relatively new treatment, it is proven to provide immediate and long-lasting pain relief without the use of surgery or any type of medication. It can be used alone or combined with other forms of therapy.
How Cold Laser Therapy Heals Injured Cells
This treatment method uses specific low levels of light wavelength to interact with the damaged tissues. The laser emits light that stimulates photoreceptors in the skin and the cell’s mitochondria to promote regeneration and healing. The therapist used different levels of wavelength to treat specific conditions.
What Happens during the Procedure?
The therapist will administer the cold laser therapy in the office setting using a handheld device. The physiotherapist follows a specific set of instructions on the laser frequency and the number of minutes depending on the type of injury. The therapist holds the handheld device gently against the patient’s skin on the injured area for 30 seconds to a few minutes. The length of time usually depends on the dose and size of the area treated. The therapist uses various protocols for cold laser therapy for fracture, sprain, or strain. However, you may require a couple treatments to feel better.
Types of Injuries Cold Laser Therapy Treats
- Knee joint injury
- Muscle fatigue
- Shin pain
- Strains and sprains
- Rotator cuff injury
- Elbow pain
- Tennis elbow
Benefits of Cold Laser Therapy
- Can be safely used immediately after injury
- Lessens muscle spasm
- Improves muscle fatigue
- Reduces the need for medication
- Restores normal mobility
- Treats muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, tissues, among others
- Gives instant and long-lasting relief to pain
- Suitable for all ages
Precautions to Keep in Mind
There are a few precautions to consider before undergoing cold laser therapy. Looking directly into the laser can harm the patient’s eyes. For this reason, the doctor will ask the patient to wear a protective eyewear during the procedure. This treatment should not be performed over spinal stimulators, pacemakers, malignancies, and over the midsection of a pregnant woman.
Although more research is still ongoing to look into the effectiveness and safety of laser therapy, if you are interested in this non-invasive and painless form of treatment, speak to a licensed physiotherapist to find out if it is right for you.