It is FDA approved and has been utilized in America for over 16 years.
Contrary to its name it is not cold at all–it is a pulsatile, low-level laser that will not burn.
Cold laser therapy has also been referred to as:
- low-power laser
- low-light therapy
- soft laser
- biostimulation laser
- therapeutic laser
- laser acupuncture
We introduced cold laser therapy in our office over 6 months ago. We have been impressed with its results for back pain, shoulder pain, elbow pain, heel pain AKA plantar fasciitis, and much more.
The cold laser is thought to work by decreasing inflammation and thus pain by decreasing the following:
- prostaglandin E2
- prostaglandin-endoperoxide synthase 2
- interleukin 1-beta
- tumor necrosis factor-alpha
- neutrophil granulocytes
- oxidative stress
The greatest advantage is that there are NO serious side effects. It is a great option to try to avoid medications and surgery.
While insurance is variable on recognizing cold laser therapy as a reimbursable treatment, we are pleased to announce we have had patients receive reimbursement for this service at Direct Medical Care.
In as little as 2-4 treatments per week, we have seen 80-90% improvement in symptoms.
If no improvement by the 4th treatment alternate treatments can be utilized. Combining therapies can maximize healing and return to health.
Ann Riggs, DO