Should You Try Laser Therapy? Advice From Hands-On Physical Therapy

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If you’ve been asking around for drug-free pain management solutions or helpful treatments to speed the healing of injuries, you may have heard people mention something called laser therapy. But what exactly is this form of care of all about, what does it involve, how might it help what ails you, and are you a good candidate for it in the first place? Check out this information and advice from your friends at Hands-On Physical Therapy.

What Is Laser Therapy, and How Does It Help?

First of all, dismiss images of surgical lasers from your mind. The laser beam used in laser therapy is amplified to a lower frequency level than a cutting/cauterizing surgical laser. (For this reason, you may also hear laser therapy referred to as low-level or “cold” laser therapy.) The lower frequency allows the amplified light to penetrate the skin without causing any discomfort or damage. Beneath the skin, its energy triggers the creation of substances that help cells repair and regenerate tissue. This makes it highly useful for accelerating your body’s own natural healing processes. The laser also increases blood flow and fluid drainage in the area being treated. This helps deliver nutrients and oxygen to an injury while also permitting tissues to rid themselves of substances that cause pain and inflammation.

Good Candidates for Laser Therapy at Our Astoria, NY Treatment Center

Who should consider laser therapy? Our Astoria, NY physical therapy center often recommends this form of care for issues such as:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Chronic soft tissue inflammation such as carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis, and tendinitis
  • Sprains and strains
  • Chronic muscle pain
  • Neck or back pain conditions
  • Wounds

 

In addition to its value as a healing tool, laser therapy also makes a safe, dependable alternative to drugs such as NSAIDs for managing chronic pain symptoms. It also works well as a complement to many of our other physical therapy services in Queens NY, including myofascial release, trigger point therapy, manual therapy, and Kinesio taping.

Not everyone should receive laser therapy. Even though it is extremely safe for the outstanding majority of patients, certain complicating factors such as pregnancy, epilepsy (which might be triggered by pulsed laser light), tattoos, diabetes, bleeding disorders and cancer (including radiation therapy for cancer) may make this form of therapy inadvisable for you. We’re very careful to consider these details before prescribing laser therapy to any of our patients.

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Can laser therapy help you, and are you a good candidate for its healing benefits? Hands-On Physical Therapy helps you understand this form of treatment.