Cold laser therapy also known as “soft laser therapy” is a medical treatment, which uses low level lasers to stimulate damaged tissues, reduce pain and inflammation wherever the beam is applied. Due to its ability to penetrate the skin and treat soft tissue injuries, cold laser treatment has good potential to help those that suffer from acute or chronic pain.
We provide customized cold laser therapy treatment plans for our patients. Most treatments take about 10 minutes and should be applied one or more times a week depending on your circumstances.
Cold laser therapy treats a wide range of conditions from arthritis to wound healing. Treatment is non-invasive and non-toxic, and for most patients, laser therapy is quite passive. There are no pulsating shocks, no forms of electronic stimulation or heat used as with ultrasounds. The only sensation you will notice is the touch of the probe head of the laser, as it comes in contact with your skin.
Cold laser therapy has shown great progress since its introduction and there have been many studies showing its benefits. Call us today, to see if cold laser therapy is right for you.
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Is Cold Laser Therapy Painful?
No, cold laser therapy doesn’t produce any perceptible sensation at all in most cases. A few patients have observed they feel a slight warmth or tingling in the nerves of the affected areas undergoing laser therapy, but most people feel nothing.
Is Cold Laser Therapy Harmful?
No, there is no evidence that cold laser therapy produces any harmful side effects.
How Often do I Need to be Treated?
Depending on the condition, cold laser therapy may need between 4 and 30 treatments.
The treatment session itself lasts generally between 2 and 20 minutes, and it is a largely passive experience for most people. There’s no heat (as with ultrasound) or pulsing shocks (as with some kind of electronic stimulation). For most patients the only noticeable sensation is the probe head of the laser coming into contact with their skin.
About 3-5% of patients report feeling a slight tapping or tingling in a nerve, or sometimes along a nerve pathway. Other patients sometimes note they can sense a slight warmth. Mostly, however, patients notice nothing at all.
About 75-80% of patients notice immediate improvements in their condition immediately after their therapy session, or sometimes during it. The degree or type of improvement depends on their condition and how long it’s been present.
Generally, more severe or chronic conditions take longer to respond. The majority take between 4 and 18 treatments to treat, and in some cases it may be 3-4 treatment sessions before patients perceive a marked change.
What are the Disadvantages of Cold Laser Therapy?
Cold laser therapy generally requires many treatments to produce results, generally between 4 and 30. This means patients may have to return to their doctor 2 to 4 times per week for treatments, depending on the condition.
What are the Advantages of Cold Laser Therapy?
Cold laser therapy is non-invasive, with no recovery time and no evidence of serious side effects. It is also painless and requires taking no additional medication.
What Kind of Results Should I Expect?
The results you get will depend on the nature of your condition and the type of laser device used. In general, cold laser therapy is best known for its ability to reduce pain. However, some research has indicated that it can help cut down inflammation from injuries and arthritis, as well as speed up the healing of injuries.
Is Cold Laser Therapy Covered by My Insurance?
Cold laser therapy is still regarded as an experimental or investigational therapy by most insurance companies. This means it will probably not be covered by your insurance carrier.