SUMMUS MEDICAL LASER
Laser Therapy, or “photobiomodulation”, is the use of specific wavelengths of light (red and near-infrared) to create therapeutic effects. These effects include improved healing time, pain reduction, increased circulation and decreased swelling. Laser Therapy has been widely utilized in Europe by physical therapists, nurses and doctors as far back as the 1970’s. Now, after FDA clearance in 2002, Laser Therapy is being used extensively in the United States.
Patient Benefits of Laser Therapy
Laser Therapy is proven to biostimulate tissue repair and growth. The laser accelerates wound healing and decreases inflammation, pain, and scar tissue formation. In the management of chronic pain Class IV Laser Therapy can provide dramatic results, is non-addictive and virtually free of side effects.
Has effectiveness been demonstrated scientifically?
Yes. There are thousands of published studies demonstrating the clinical effectiveness of Laser Therapy. Among these, there are more than one hundred rigorously controlled, scientific studies that document the effectiveness of laser for many clinical conditions.
Laser Therapeutic Effects
During each painless treatment laser energy increases circulation, drawing water, oxygen, and nutrients to the damaged area. This creates 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.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What can laser be used for? Laser therapy can be used for a multitude of conditions from wounds and burns to sprained ankles, but since we are a chiropractic office, these are the most common things we use it for:
- Neck and back pain
- Sprains and strains
- Car accidents/whiplash
- Radiculopathy (pinched nerves)
- Tendinitis (shoulder, elbow, Achilles)
- Plantar fasciitis
- Disc herniations
Does it hurt? What does a treatment feel like? There is little or no sensation during treatment. Occasionally one feels mild, soothing warmth or tingling. Areas of pain or inflammation may be sensitive briefly before pain reduction.
Are there any side effects or associated risks? During more than twenty years of use by healthcare providers all over the world, very few side effects have ever been reported. Occasionally some old injuries or pain syndromes may feel aggravated for a few days, as the healing response is more active after treatment.
How long does each treatment take? The typical treatment is 3 to 9 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated. For neuropathy, expect 15-30 minutes.
How often should a patient be treated? Acute conditions may be treated daily, particularly if they are accompanied by significant pain. More chronic problems respond better when treatments are received 2 to 3 times a week, tapering to once a week or once every other week, with improvement.
How many treatments does it take? This depends on the nature of the condition being treated. For some acute conditions 1 to 6 treatments may be sufficient. Those of a more chronic nature may require 10 to 15 (or more) treatments. Conditions such as severe arthritis may require ongoing periodic care to control pain.
How long before the results are felt? You may feel improvement in your condition (usually pain reduction) after the very first treatment. Sometimes you will not feel improvement for a number of treatments. This does not mean that nothing is happening. Each treatment is cumulative and results are often felt after 3 or 4 sessions.
Can it be used in conjunction with other forms of treatment? Yes! Laser Therapy is often used with other forms of therapy, including physical therapy, chiropractic adjustments, massage, soft tissue mobilization, electrotherapy and even following surgery. Other healing modalities are complementary and can be used with laser to increase the effectiveness of the treatment.
Does my insurance cover laser treatments? No, since laser is a relatively new technology in the U.S., it is not covered by any insurance companies. This may change in the future as more research comes out in support of laser therapy.
KNEE PAIN: As a runner new to the marathon distance and the overuse aches and pains associated with training for the Philadelphia Marathon, I found the K-Laser a perfect supplement to keep my training on track. My knee, in particular, was an area that needed some attention and Dr. King worked her magic. Thank you Dr. King and the K-laser for a successful 26.2 miles! – Annette R.
NECK ARTHRITIS: Due in part to my profession and my age, I have arthritis and stenosis in my neck, issues in my shoulder and tendinitis in my wrist and elbow. Over the years I have had physical therapy and steroid injections. In spite of these treatments I always continued to have some level of discomfort or pain. I thought it was something I would just have to live with. Dr. King has treated me 3 times with the K-Laser and after my second treatment I experienced no pain at all for 2 weeks and my range of motion also improved greatly. I am amazed. I was at a point where I feared I was going to have to cut down my work schedule or not be able to lift my 4 month old grandson. I would highly recommend the K-Laser treatment. It has truly improved my quality of life! – Deb C.
SHOULDER TENDINITIS: I tore my rotator cuff over a year ago and had pain which limited my range of motion. Two lengthy rounds of physical therapy and weekly massage and acupuncture had not helped and I was beginning to believe that shoulder pain and limited movement was my new normal. When I tried the K-Laser, I felt minimal lessening of pain at first, but kept with it because even slightly less pain was such a relief. After the second treatment, the pain relief was more noticeable. With successive treatments I’d notice that I could sleep on my side or lift my luggage overhead with minimal discomfort. My range of motion is near-normal and the residual pain is slight – definitely livable, which would have been unbelievable to me when I started treatment. – Karen B.
DISC DEGENERATION: Relief was noticeable after the first treatment, subsequent treatments have improved range of motion and reduced need for OTC medications. – Cheryl M.
ACHILLES TENDINITIS: I’ve been suffering with a chronic achilles pain and inflammation for many years now. I had originally gone to Dr. King to have her work on it with another technique (which is also very helpful), but when we started using the laser, it was a game changer. I had a lump of damaged tissue on my achilles that would not budge for years. Since using the laser on my affected area, the inflammation on my achilles and surrounding areas is WAY down, the pain has lessened and hasn’t come back as frequently. This is only after a few weeks of treatments, I am excited to see how things progress as we keep at it. There are times that I have gone in for treatment and my achilles has been sore, and after the treatment, it literally doesn’t hurt anymore. For anyone living with a chronic issue that is made worse by inflammation, I totally recommend trying the laser, it’s really sped up my healing process and helped calm my angry ankle when nothing else would. Give it a try! – Sally J.
STRAIN/SPRAIN: I injured my low back after slipping and falling down. I was not sleeping due to the pain, and even sitting or lying down was a very uncomfortable experience for me. I decided to see Dr. Shelly King and get treated with K-Laser. The general discomfort including pain were disappearing quickly with each following K-Laser treatment. It was Dr.Shelly King’s experience, knowledge, loving care, and utilization of K-Laser that helped me to completely heal my low back injury in a very short time. K-Laser therapy works! It is safe, effective, and non-invasive therapy. I want to thank Dr.Shelly King and all the staff at King Chiropractic for helping me to heal so fast! – Katerina W.
KNEE OSTEOARTHRITIS: My left knee was giving me a lot of pain. It was so painful to bend it and the muscle below and above it was unbearable. I need a knee replacement but the inflammation was making it non-functional. Dr. King suggested the K-Laser to me. In a few treatments I could bend my knee and the pain in the muscles has subsided. It really worked for me. – Jean D.