Podiatry: Laser Pain Therapy
posted: Jan. 11, 2018.
Laser therapy is considered a safe, effective, and solution for many painful foot problems. Using specific light wavelengths, the laser is able to deliver a strong anti-edema and anti-inflammatory effect on tissues, enabling the cells of ligaments, muscles, and tendons to repair themselves faster. It also reduces inflammation and relieves pain quickly.
How Does It Work?
Therapeutic lasers work on the principle of biostimulation which speeds up the body’s natural ability to heal through mitochondrial ATP production. It can reduce inflammation and pain in the affected tissue in just one session!
The laser targets the problem area with light beams that penetrate the damaged cells with precision so the surrounding tissues will be unharmed. These wavelengths of light effectively stimulate cell activity and encourage inflammation reduction. They also interrupt pain messages going to your brain, eliminating further discomfort.
As the pain is being blocked, cell regrowth and repair are boosted. The laser light increases the energy in the cells so nutrients can be absorbed faster, and because circulation will be stimulated, blood can transport those nutrients faster, too. These processes accelerate the overall healing process and the patient can recover more quickly.
Laser therapy is effective in treating heel pain due to plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, bursitis, arthritis, edema, joint pain, and non-healing wounds, among others. It also aids in the speedy recovery from various sports injuries such as muscle tears, sprains, and strains. Laser therapy has cumulative effects so a series of treatments may be prescribed, depending on the type and severity of the condition. Chronic conditions can be controlled when a patient is given ongoing and regular treatments. On the other hand, acute conditions usually get better quickly, with results noticed after as few as one treatment. Successive treatments may also be scheduled as needed.
In a nutshell, some of the benefits of laser therapy include:
- Relief without the need for surgery
- Medication-free reduction of pain and inflammation
- Improvement in blood flow
- Improvement in nerve function
- Accelerated wound healing
- Speedy recovery time
If you have been suffering from an injury or have been struggling for some time now due to chronic pain, do not hesitate to contact us at Bayview Medical Center to learn more about laser therapy and how it can greatly help you. You can also call and schedule an appointment so we can evaluate your condition. We can help you get back to your active and pain-free days!