What Is Cold Laser Therapy (Low Level Laser Therapy)?
Cold Laser Therapy, also known as Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) has been researched and studied since the late 1960’s. The highly amplified and focused light energy at a specific wavelength promotes the process of photobiostimulation.
The resulting photochemical reaction produces an increase in the cellular metabolic rate. After over 40 plus years of testing, and over 2,000 papers published on it, Cold Laser Therapy has been shown to aid in regenerating damaged tissue, decreasing inflammation, relieving pain and boosting the immune system.
Professional athletes rely upon Cold Laser to treat their sports-related injuries. These guys use this remarkable therapy for one reason only…It promotes rapid healing of the injured tissues.
Skin Depth of Cold Laser Penetration
In 2002, one of the first cold lasers cleared by the FDA was utilized in a landmark double blind study conducted with General Motors. At the time, General Motors had serious challenges with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome among its workers.
GM decided to conduct the study to see if non-invasive Cold Laser Therapy would help. Among the afflicted workers who entered the program, those treated with Cold Laser demonstrated significant improvement in grip strength and range of motion compared to other workers who were treated with placebo lasers.
A similar double-blind study was conducted in 1998 at a prominent medical school in Houston. The researchers concluded that there was a 70% improvement among patients receiving Laser Therapy.
Studies about Cold Laser Therapy and Knee Pain
Several studies have confirmed the value of Cold Laser Therapy in treating knee pain. In a 2015 study, researchers were trying to determine if the application of Cold Laser could successfully postpone the need for knee joint replacement.
They took 100 elderly patients with symptomatic osteoarthritis and divided them into two groups. One group received protocol A which consisted of conventional physical therapy. The second group received protocol B which included the same physical therapy as in the protocol A group, but with the addition of Cold Laser.
During a follow-up 6 years after the treatment, patients who received protocol B clearly benefited from the addition of Cold Laser, as only one knee needed joint replacement surgery. However, nine of the patients in the protocol A group that didn’t receive Cold Laser Therapy needed replacement surgery.
I'm Interested in Cold Laser Therapy. What Should I Do Now?
If you are interested in Cold Laser Therapy, you need to schedule an appointment in our office. We can examine you to find out if you a candidate for treatment.
If it is discovered that you are a candidate for treatment, Dr. Roth will discuss your options with you. Call our office at 501-881-4407 to schedule your appointment today!