We have been using cold laser therapy at our SF Financial District Chiropractic clinics for several years now with great success...especially with arthritis patients. Recently, we purchased a Lite-Cure Deep Tissue Pain Laser, which penetrates even deeper into the tissue layers.
Both cold laser therapy and deep tissue laser therapy are fantastic tools for not only arthritis, but other musculoskeletal conditions such as sports injuries, back and neck pain, plantar fascitis, and TMJ. Laser therapy is a great adjunct to chiropractic care and nonsurgical spinal decompression. In fact...we include cold laser therapy or deep tissue laser therapy for herniated disc disc treatment programs.
Anyway...I came across an excellent article entitled How does cold laser work for arthritis? that does a great job of explaining how and why cold laser works. Here is an excerpt:
Arthritis affects almost 70 million Americans. The most common forms of arthritis are osteoarthritis, a degenerative disease in which the cartilage wears away, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is an autoimmune inflammatory condition. Also, there are other conditions that fall under the “umbrella” of arthritis including bursitis, tendonitis, low back and neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and so on.
The common symptom of most forms of arthritis is pain. Pain develops as a result of multiple factors including inflammation with stimulation of neural peripheral pain sensors due to either biochemical factors such as cytokines or to mechanical factors- joint deformity. Arthritis pain may be accompanied by other problems including loss of range of motion and disability.
While medicines, injections, and surgery all have their place and are valuable, there is still a need for potentially useful adjunctive modalities that might speed up recovery and reduce pain faster.
Low level therapeutic laser, better known as phototherapy, is a relatively new form of treatment. Its premise is that certain wavelengths of light have effects on living tissue. This effect is termed “photobiomodulation.”
My Take: Cold laser therapy and deep tissue laser therapy are a must have for any chiropractor, physical therapist, or sports medicine doctor that wants to offer the most advanced forms of treatment to their patients. Most professional sports teams use deep tissue laser therapy to speed up the healing process for musculoskeletal injuries, as do elite pain centers around the world. So do yourself a favor and find out if laser therapy makes sense for you.
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