Low Level Laser Therapy “Cold Laser”
Information and Research related to using Laser Therapy to help heal various conditions that involve soft tissue inflammation and nerve related problems.
The knee is the largest joint in our body and has to withstand various stresses as we go about our day to day activities. Many of us have experienced a knee problem at some point in our lives, whether from playing sports or working around the house, but sometimes discomfort can develop for no apparent reason at all.
Knee pain can come from inside the joint where important structures such as the weight bearing cartilage – meniscus, ligaments – ACL and PCL, or from the surrounding muscles, tendons or bursa. It may start suddenly from an acute injury (such as falling, twisting the knee, bending the wrong way, or a direct blow while playing sports). Acute injuries can lead to a buildup of scar tissue which can become more problematic than the original injury itself. Knee pain can also develop over time from overuse or daily wear and tear, often causing symptoms of Osteoarthritis.
Pain or soreness in or around the knee
Pain may increase with squatting, twisting, or going up/down stairs
Swelling and/or bruising
Limited range of motion
Stiffness, especially after not moving for a period of time
Popping or grinding
Knee may lock, catch or give way
It’s important to know that some people may be more likely to develop knee problems than others. Certain jobs, sports or recreational activities, genetic postural predisposition and other conditions (like gout, rheumatoid arthritis or osteoporosis) can also contribute to one developing knee issues.
Laser Therapy a method of exposing tissue to low levels of red and near-infrared light can be effective in treating knee problems. The levels are low in comparison to other laser therapies that produce heat, such as those used for cutting or ablation.
Other names for cold laser therapy are low-intensity laser light therapy (LLLT), soft laser therapy, or low-power laser therapy.
Different wavelengths are needed to treat specific conditions. The light energy goes right through your skin. It can penetrate two to five centimeters into tissues, where it triggers a physiological reaction. The reaction may reduce inflammation, improve circulation, promote healing and reduce your pain.
What happens during the procedure?
Cold laser therapy is administered with a pad of light arrays and a small handheld device in an office setting. It’s a noninvasive procedure that can be performed by a doctor, technician, or physical therapist. It can harm your eyes to look directly into the laser, so you might be asked to use protective eye wear. The treatment time for a single knee is between 30 to 45 min. The length of time is determined by the dose and the size of the area being treated.
The light energy will pass through the skin and into your tissues, where it will be absorbed. The light energy helps to lessen inflammation and promote regeneration of damaged tissue. It generally takes more than a single treatment to feel better. How many it takes will vary depending on how much damage there is to your knee. You may need to return 3-4 times per week for a few weeks or months.
Does the procedure hurt?
You might feel a slight tingling sensation, but you won’t feel heat or cold. It’s also painless. There’s no lengthy recovery time, so you can go home right away.
Studies that verify the use of Laser Therapy on knee pain/conditions
The Effect of Low-Level Laser in Knee Osteoarthritis: A Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial Photomed Laser Surg. 2009 Aug; 27(4): 577–584. Conclusion: Our results show that LLLT reduces pain in KOA and improves microcirculation in the irradiated area.
Effect of Laser Therapy on Chronic Osteoarthritis of the Knee in Older Subjects Conclusion: It can be concluded that addition of LLLT to exercise training program is more effective than exercise training alone in the treatment of older patients with chronic knee OA and the rate of improvement may be dose dependent, as with 6 J/cm2 or 3 J/cm2.
Rev Bras Ortop. 2011 Sep-Oct; 46(5): 526–533 After assessment of the data obtained in this study, we can conclude that the treatment with low-level laser alleviated pain and improved functional ability over the short term, among patients with knee OA
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Cold Laser Therapy For Sciatic Pain
Sciatica (pain down the leg)
Irritation of the sciatic nerve causes a condition commonly referred to as sciatica. Sciatica can be caused by a protruding disc or bone spur in the lumbar spine, both of which narrow the spinal canal where the nerve travels through, causing it to get irritated and inflamed. It can come on quite suddenly or progress slowly over time, becoming a chronic condition.
The sciatic nerve travels from the lumbar spine, through the hips to the buttocks, down the back of the leg and into the toes. When it is inflamed, pain, numbness or tingling can be felt anywhere along the nerve pathway. For example, some people may experience pain in the low back and buttocks, whereas others may have discomfort along the back of the thigh and calf.
- Pain anywhere along the nerve path, usually on one side
- Tight and tender muscles in the low back and/or buttocks
- Numbness, tingling and/or weakness anywhere from the buttocks to the toes
- Mild ache to sharp, shooting pain
- Aggravated by coughing or sneezing
- Pain may increase with sitting or standing for a long time
This condition can also be caused by tightness in the muscles surrounding the nerve along its path. The Piriformis muscle in the buttocks is a common culprit – as it gets tight, it places excessive pressure on the sciatic nerve, resulting in similar symptoms.
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Doctor of Chiropractic
Laser Therapy For Hip and Groin Pain
Hip joints are structured to support our bodies in standing positions and during dynamic movements. They are our bodies largest ball and socket joint, where the round, ball-like top of your thigh bone (femur) fits tightly into the cup-like part of your pelvis. This joint is lubricated with cartilage, allowing you to have smooth hip movement in many directions.
Over time, this joint can be damaged by degeneration or injury. The surrounding muscles, tendons and ligaments can get overused or the bone can be fractured from trauma resulting in pain and/or stiffness.
- Pain or ache in the hip, thigh, groin, buttocks and/or knee
- Pain may get worse with activity
- Limited range of motion
- Difficulty bearing weight on the affected side
- Catching, sharp bursts of pain
- Grinding or crackling (crepitus)
- Clicking or popping with certain movements
Common Conditions That Cause Hip Pain
- Hip osteoarthritis
- Bursitis – Trochanteric
- Scar Tissue
- Tear to the Labrum
- Impingement of the hip