Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Arthritis Pain: Cold Laser Therapy Can Work Wonders

Laser therapy was unrolled as a minimally invasive treatment for osteoarthritis almost three decades ago. Low-level laser therapy, which is also known as cold laser therapy or LLLT, involves a light source generating pure light of a single wavelength. Laser therapy produces a photochemical cell reaction as opposed to thermal or heat.

Cold laser therapy can stimulate all cell types including nerves, ligaments, cartilage, and muscles. Because of this, it can be used to treat a wide range of conditions including arthritis, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, and general back, neck, and knee pain.

Many patients seek out this therapy because they want an alternative method for pain relief that does not involve medication or surgery. It can be used alone or in combination with a number of other therapies, such as injections.

During the past four decades, there have been more than 2,500 clinical studies pertaining to cold laser therapy. Many of these studies are placebo-controlled, double-blinded and have proven the therapy as a viable method of relieving pain. Most health care professionals consider it to be a reasonable treatment option for specific types of pain.

It is important to familiarize yourself with the advantages and disadvantages of this therapy and follow all recommendations from your physician before undergoing the therapy. It should not be used over the thyroid or on any potential cancerous lesions or carcinoma.

Lasers should never be aimed directly into the eyes, as they can cause permanent damage. Both patients and physicians should wear protective eyewear during cold laser therapy to avoid direct eye exposure. If you are pregnant, you should not use cold laser therapy.

Not all insurance carriers cover cold therapy costs. Make sure to consult with your carrier so that you are prepared for the expenses that you will face.