Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)
A newer alternative for the treatment of many orthopedic and neurology conditions. Laser therapy was developed primarily in Europe, and is now becoming available in the United States.
MidJersey Orthopaedics uses a Class IV medical laser manufactured by Cutting Edge Technologies. It is the only medical laser with a patented dual wavelength output.
Laser stands for Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Lasers produce photons (electromagnetic radiation) of a specific wavelength. Visible light has wavelengths between 400-700 nanometers. The laser we use produces two wavelengths in the ultraviolet portion of the spectrum – 808 nm continuous emission and 905 nm pulsed emission. The exact wave lengths were chosen for their specific effect on tissues, which include:
- Stimulation of certain enzymes in the cell membrane and mitochondria
- Stimulation of DNA and ATP (cell energy) production
- Increase in cell metabolism and cell reproduction, increasing the body’s natural rate of healing and repair
- Increase in blood flow and lymphatic flow through existing vessels in tissues, and also angiogenesis (formation of new blood vessels)
- Stimulation of endorphins and enkephalins which reduce pain
Laser therapy is administered in multiple treatment sessions over several weeks:
- 3/week for 2 weeks for acute conditions such as:
- acute neck or back pain
- acute joint pain
- sprains and strains
- post-operative pain
- 2/week for 5 weeks for chronic conditions such as:
- plantar fasciitis
- chronic muscle strains
- slow wound healing
Laser therapy is non-invasive, and side effects are very infrequent. These include:
- On occasion, there is a temporary increase in pain after the first 1-2 treatments before the pain starts to diminish.
- Very rarely there can be some mild bruising at the area of treatment.
Typically you are able to notice improvement after the first few treatments, with continued improvement during the treatments and afterwards. You should continue other treatments such as exercises and icing as well.
- To minimize the risk of side effects, you should not take steroids or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication (NSAIDs) such as Aleve or Advil during your treatment or the week prior to your treatment.