What Should I Know Before My Laser Therapy Treatment?

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What can I expect in a laser therapy session?

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Treatments are typically quick and painless. The average number of treatments is five to eight sessions for acute conditions and up to 18-20 sessions for chronic conditions. Depending on site of injury, treatment time may vary. 

What conditions does laser therapy treat?

Laser therapy is widely used to treat many acute and chronic conditions, including but not limited to:

  • Low back and neck pain
  • Acute sports injuries such as muscle tears, tendinitis, tennis elbow, etc.
  • Joint arthritis and chronic pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Nerve root irritations
  • Repetitive stress injuries
  • Wound healing

What are the contraindications to laser therapy?

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One of the greatest risks of laser therapy is damage to the eyes.  Cold-laser therapy treatments should always be conducted with proper safety glasses worn by both the patient and the practitioner. 

Other potential risks include:

  • No treatment over suspect tumors or cancer cells
  • No treatment over the thyroid
  • No treatment over the fontanelle of infants
  • No treatment if the patient is using photo-sensitive or immuno-suppressant drugs.
  • No treatment over the pregnant uterus. It may be used on the pregnant woman as an adjunct to the other modalities being used for the treatment of back pain or other complaints.
  • No treatment Over Sympathetic Ganglia, The Vagus Nerves & Cardiac Region In Patients With Heart Disease
These potential risks are a conservative precaution and have not been completely proven.  Special exceptions are already being discovered including the use of laser-therapy to help with macular degeneration.