Laser therapy works by utilizing wavelengths to penetrate deeply into tissue and break up scar adhesions. By breaking up these scars within a tendon or ligament, we allow the white blood cells and acute inflammation cells to come back in and actively repair these problems. During each painless treatment, laser energy increases circulation, drawing water, oxygen, and nutrients to the damages area. This created an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, swelling, muscle spasms, stiffness, and pain. As the injured area returns to normal, function is restored and pain is relieved.
The healing effects of laser therapy can be felt within the first treatment, but a series of treatments are recommended to ensure sustained and prolonged relief. Most pain requires 6 to 12 initial treatments, with 2-3 sessions per week. Your physician may recommend additional treatments based on your recovery.
Laser therapy for pain can help the following diagnoses:
- Achilles Tendonitis
- General Pain
- Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain)
- Shin Splints
- Tarsal Tunnel
Laser therapy for pain is a great alternative to:
- Surgical procedures
- Steroid medications
- Oral anti-inflammatory medications
The benefits of utilizing laser therapy for pain are great – it is a pain free, in office treatment that can be repeated several times for maximum benefit. Laser therapy is a wonderful alternative to other potentially harmful treatments and can preclude any need for surgery to repair musculoskeletal issues.
If you have any other questions about laser therapy or would like to schedule an appointment, please call 309-661-9975 to speak with a foot care specialist!