Laser Therapy for Pain Reduction

Pain comes in many forms, from a single, flash-in-the-pan pricking sensation to a dull, longer-lasting ache. Pain signals are how the body’s central nervous system alerts the brain that it’s under distress. Think of how you feel when you burn yourself or fall down: that feeling is your nerves sending up the red flag.

Most forms of pain will heal in time, some without the need for any other treatment. However, when pain is recurring in the same area of the body, you are likely suffering from chronic pain. It’s a condition where the signal repeats despite there being an obvious cause. One effective treatment for chronic pain is the practice of laser therapy.

What Is Laser Therapy?

When one thinks of ways doctors treat pain, their mind probably goes to prescription drugs and surgery. However, laser surgery requires neither. The procedure uses lights on the inflicted area to trigger a process called photobiomodulation. In layman’s terms, this means that light causes a series of reactions in injured tissue to promote and speed up healing. Not only is laser therapy devoid of surgery and drugs, but it also takes very little time, often only a few minutes.

Laser therapy is preferred by patients who lead busy lives, want quick relief, would prefer not to go under the knife, or some combination of the above. Because everything is done in our offices, many patients find it easy to fit into their regular schedule.

It should be noted, however, that laser therapy is a recurring procedure. That is to say, you should expect a program of regular applications. This is because the relief that laser therapy brings is temporary (lasting a few hours to a few days), but its effectiveness lasts longer with each subsequent application. Thus laser therapy isn’t a one-stop fix, but rather an ongoing part of your lifestyle.

Are There Any Dangers?

While laser therapy is not inherently dangerous, precautions do need to be taken beforehand. First, it needs to be determined that the source of the pain is musculoskeletal. Sometimes, chronic pain can be the result of psychological problems that laser therapy cannot address. Second, if you have any open wounds of skin lesions, they must be determined to be cancer-free. Finally, laser therapy cannot be administered to pregnant women.
These are only general guidelines, however. As with any medical treatment, you should consult your physician if you are considering laser therapy. Once you have, and after you’ve met the requirements, you should schedule your appointment.

Laser therapy represents a major turning point in pain treatment options. In previous decades, patients had to choose between risky invasive procedures that would potentially worsen the problem or simply living with the pain, letting it grow over time. Laser therapy is instead a much safer alternative to such procedures. If you’re interested in how laser therapy treatments can help you push back against chronic pain and help you lead a fuller, richer life, contact NSSC for more inform