Laser for Back Pain

Laser for Back Pain

Laser Treatment: Approaching Star Trek Reality

Your grandparents and parents may never have believed that using a laser for back pain  relief could actually work. They may have watched Star Trek and were enamored by the creativity of the story line, but in the back of their minds, believed a laser wouldn’t come on the scene for decades, if ever at all.

If they haven’t had a chance to follow new medical innovations , they may not have realized that the age of technology has arrived. We are in it right now. And one of the things this new age has ushered in is the use of laser for back pain relief. The FDA began allowing laser therapy to be used in the U.S. in 2001. Tell your grandparents and parents!

There are different types of lasers that can be used in medical treatment. Some of the ones not used for back and neck pain relief include DermaLASER for those with acne, Zerona laser used for liposuction, YAG laser for hair removal, and cold lasers used for scars, burns, and periodontal infections.

Endoscopic Surgery for the Neck and Spine Using Lasers

Some of the latest advances in surgery are absolutely incredible. It’s possible to make a small incision only 5 mm long instead of 3 to 5 inch incisions for neck and spine surgery. It’s then possible to insert a microscopic camera and very small instruments in that very tiny incision to perform the operation. Lasers are used for procedures in these types of neck and spine surgery.

The advantages of using lasers during neck and spine surgery include the ability to perform the surgery as outpatient surgery rather than having the patient spend days or weeks recovering in a hospital bed and less pain for the patient as well. Doctors report less blood loss during surgery and less scarring. Patients win, no matter which way you look at it.

Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)

Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) is used in medical treatments as well as veterinary treatments. This type of laser can be used to relieve pain found in acute and chronic neck pain; low back pain; inflammation of the tendons; and chronic joint pain. (See complete list below.)

Insurance companies may not yet reimburse for laser therapy because it is considered experimental treatment and has not been found to be more effective than more convential treatment. For example, the World Health Organization study in 2008 found that low-level laser therapy showed benefits compared to those who received no treatment at all.

The American Physical Therapy Association recommends low-level laser therapy for tendonitis, especially of the Achilles tendon. Your osteopath or chiropractor may use this therapy, and because of its effectiveness, the extra cost you pay won’t break your wallet.

Scientists reported in the medical journal Lancet in 2009 showed that this type of laser treatment reduces pain immediately when a patient has acute neck pain.

The list of ailments that have been found to benefit from laser therapy include:

• Arthritis

• Fibromyalgia

• Spinal stenosis

• Herniated disc

• Shingles

• Sciatica

• Back pain

• Leg pain

• Neck pain

• Shoulder pain

• Hand and foot pain

• Neuropathy

You can see why doctors are so excited about using lasers in their practice!

Laser Therapy 4 PAIN

One type of low-level laser therapy laser is a Class IV laser called Laser Therapy 4PAIN. It’s a totally sterile painless procedure during treatment. This laser won’t burn tissue, cut tissue, or harm anything in its way. The Laser Therapy 4PAIN device is literally waved over the area that requires healing.

The waving isn’t some hocus pocus that leaves you wondering whether or not anything happened. While you feel a slight warming sensation or tingling over the course of five to ten minutes, the laser is thought to be improving circulation, increasing metabolic activity in the area, improving nerve function, and accelerating tissue repair.

These activities promote a quicker cell turnover rate, which leads to healing. Because the results are often felt quickly, you may want to track down a physician in your area who offers this treatment. Patients are reporting that years of pain are often much relieved in one to two sessions.

For more information on lasers that are used in the treatment of back pain, contact your medical doctor, osteopath or chiropractor.