Laser Therapy for Pain Relief in Charleston


One of the most prominent health issues in the United States is acute and chronic pain. Chronic pain alone afflicts tens of millions of people, including thousands living in the Charleston area. Unfortunately, it is not an easy problem to address. People with chronic pain often meet with multiple doctors trying to find a physician who can actually help.

Chronic pain can stem from multiple sources. It may be related to a disease, an accident, surgical complications, degenerative discs or joints, nerve damage, or even unknown causes. Many attempts to alleviate the pain may fail. So what is the solution? In a few words, pain management laser therapy.

Laser therapy is safe, painless, and can be performed in only a few minutes per session. Improvement can be obvious after only one or two treatments. Pain relief generally lasts longer as more treatments are conducted. Laser therapy works by photobiomodulation. This references the process that occurs when laser light causes a complex chain of reactions in damaged tissues to speed healing, tissue regeneration, and reduce chronic pain. The laser improves blood flow to the area of pain which decreases inflammation. It also promotes stem cell production which causes a healing effect. Most importantly, it decreases pain in the majority of patients that participate in the treatment regimen.

Laser treatments for pain have the following features:

  • Faster healing
  • Quicker results
  • Short treatment sessions
  • Same day normal activity
  • Does not require medications
  • Minimal to no side effects

Laser treatment specifically targets and reduces pain and inflammation. Research suggests that laser light decreases pro-inflammatory cellular response and increase anti-inflammatory responses. Laser therapy is frequently used for rehabilitation in professional athletes and even to help uninjured athletes to warm up. Class IV laser is utilized only in a medical setting for the treatment of painful conditions.

The types of painful conditions that Class IV laser therapy can help are numerous. Some examples include:

  • Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Shoulder Knee and Hip Pain
  • Tennis elbow
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Arthritic joint pain
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Peripheral Neuropathy/ Numbness and Tingling
  • Foot and ankle pain

Laser light therapy for chronic pain reduction has some other notable features including being non-invasive and does not cause damage to treated tissues or joints.

You don’t have to pursue “traditional” treatments of medications or surgery for chronic pain relief. Laser therapy has many efficacy advantages and none of the side effects. If you’re thinking about having laser therapy in the Charleston area, meet with Dr. Alexander who specializes in it. Finally experience what it’s like to live a life free of constant pain.