Cold Laser Therapy Now Available in Greenville!
Watch Expert Commentary from Dr. Henry, "Low-Level Laser Therapy for Neuromusculoskeletal Conditions", presented at University of Massachusetts Amherst medical conference April 21, 2015
Dr. Henry selected the ML830 laser due to the safety and efficacy of this therapy and after reviewing scientific evidence supporting the benefits of cold laser therapy at this wavelength.
Low-level laser therapy (LLLT), also known as "Cold Laser" is a new non-invasive therapy we offer in Greenville for acute and chronic pain. This therapy has been around for 40 years and has gained recent attention and scientific support around the world. The therapy is safe and non-invasive with few contraindications. Cold laser is completely painless and most patients feel nothing during the treatment. A small percentage of patients report a tingling or warming sensation. Laser light in the near infrared range can penetrate 5 cm (2 inches) into tissue, stimulating light sensitve receptors in the cells. This process, called photobiostimulation results in reduced pain and inflammation and is thought to accelerate tissue healing. The majority of patients experience some immediate pain reduction but it is not uncommon for a few (3-4) visits to be required before noticing pain relief. The number of treatments required depends on the severity and duration of the condition but most conditions will need anywhere between 4-5 or 10-18 treatments. We frequently use cold laser to painlessly treat myofascial trigger points. Cold laser therapy is a safe, gentle therapy that often gets results when nothing else has helped. Unlike electrical therapies, laser can be safely used to treat patients with pacemakers. Laser can also be used to stimulate acu-points (meridian therapy), without needles. Cold laser is used at our office to help patients with pain, auto accidents and sports injuries. The use of low-level laser in healthcare is expanding, including applications in veterinary medicine and dentistry.
Post-surgical neck and arm pain is gone with cold laser therapy! Charles Greer
Dr. Henry helped me recover from an injury after the World Championships using cold laser therapy. Rafael Rosendo Dos Santos, International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion
Cold Laser has been used as part of a treatment program to help Greenville patients with a variety of painful conditions:
- bulging, herniated and degenerative discs
- myofascial pain
- ankle sprains
- rib pain
- carpal tunnel syndrome
- thoracic outlet syndrome
- knee pain
- osteoarthritis pain
- plantar fascitis
- rotator cuff injuries
- muscle strain
- shoulder bursitis / biceps tendonitis / impingement
- low back pain
- failed spine surgery
- cervical radiculopathy
- lumbar radiculopathy
- Pain associated with cranial nerve disorders, such as Bell's palsy and hemi facial spasms
- temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ / TMD)
- tennis elbow
- migraines or tension headaches
- neuropathy in the hands and feet
How Cold Laser Therapy Works
Studies have shown that cold laser results in photo-stimulation of light sensitive receptors in the cells of the body. Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) has demonstrated the ability to significantly accelerate and enhance the body's natural defense and repair components in the presence of injury, inflammation and certain disease processes. Studies have also shown that by modifying the effects and limiting the duration of inflammation as well as enhancing specific repair and healing processes, LLLT is consistent in providing pain relief, reducing injury damage and loss of function, in addition to facilitating more rapid repair and stronger healed tissue structures. Multiple clinical studies have noted the following results of LLLT:
- Increased collagen production
- Enhanced nerve regeneration
- Increased vasodilation
- Reduced inflammatory duration
- Increased cell metabolism
- Increased pain threshold
- Increased cell membrane potential
- Reduced edema magnitude
- Increased microcirculation
- Increased tissue and bone repair
- Increased lymphatic response
- Increased enzyme response
The New England Patriots won Super Bowl XXXVIII with some help from a new laser technology that could change the way athletic injuries and chronic pain are treated. A registered nurse successfully treated more than 10 Patriot players for tendon and muscle injuries using the ML830 laser prior to the game. Source: The Washington Post, Feb. 17, 2004
The effect of the ML830 on injured athletes has been impressive. Athletes have experienced significant relief from pain and increased range of motion. We have also seen a reduction in healing time. Edward Ryan III, ATC and Director of Sports Medicine for U.S. Olympic Training Centers
A study done at General Motors found laser therapy to be a viable alternative to surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome.
The ML830 laser was FDA cleared for carpal tunnel syndrome pain relief in 2002.
Selected Research Concerning 830 nm Low-Level Laser Therapy
Jang and Lee conducted a review, published in 2012, finding that laser therapy reduces joint pain.
Jang H1, Lee H. Meta-analysis of pain relief effects by laser irradiation on joint areas. Photomed Laser Surg. 2012 Aug;30(8):405-17. doi: 10.1089/pho.2012.3240. Epub 2012 Jun 29.
Chow and colleagues performed a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study, finding that low-level laser therapy was effective in providing relief for chronic neck pain.
Chow RT1, Heller GZ, Barnsley L. The effect of 300 mW, 830 nm laser on chronic neck pain: a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study. Pain. 2006 Sep;124(1-2):201-10. Epub 2006 Jun 27.
A study by Leal and colleagues suggests that 830 nm cold laser therapy helps athletes to recover faster from high-intensity exercise.Leal Junior EC1, Lopes-Martins RA, Baroni BM, De Marchi T, Taufer D, Manfro DS, Rech M, Danna V, Grosselli D, Generosi RA, Marcos RL, Ramos L, Bjordal JM. Effect of 830 nm low-level laser therapy applied before high-intensity exercises on skeletal muscle recovery in athletes. Lasers Med Sci. 2009 Nov;24(6):857-63. doi: 10.1007/s10103-008-0633-4. Epub 2008 Dec 5.
A review by Borsa et al published in 2013 found that the application of phototherapy before resistance exercise consistently provides ergogenic and prophylactic benefits to skeletal muscle.
Borsa PA1, Larkin KA, True JM. Does phototherapy enhance skeletal muscle contractile function and postexercise recovery? A systematic review. J Athl Train. 2013 Jan-Feb;48(1):57-67. doi: 10.4085/1062-6050-48.1.12.
Dos Reis and colleagues found that cold laser therapy (830 nm) either before or after exercise improved muscle recovery.
Dos Reis FA, da Silva BA, Laraia EM, de Melo RM, Silva PH, Leal-Junior EC, de Carvalho Pde T. Effects of pre- or post-exercise low-level laser therapy (830 nm) on skeletal muscle fatigue and biochemical markers of recovery in humans: double-blind placebo-controlled trial. Photomed Laser Surg. 2014 Feb;32(2):106-12. doi: 10.1089/pho.2013.3617. Epub 2014 Jan 23.
Change and associates found that 830 nm low-level laser therapy relieves pain and speeds healing in closed fractures of the wrist and hand.
Chang WD1, Wu JH, Wang HJ, Jiang JA. Therapeutic outcomes of low-level laser therapy for closed bone fracture in the human wrist and hand. Photomed Laser Surg. 2014 Apr;32(4):212-8. doi: 10.1089/pho.2012.3398. Epub 2014 Mar 20.
Dr. Henry uses laser in conjunction with Disc Force spinal decompression and other chiropractic procedures to treat patients suffering from neck and back pain, facet syndrome, lumbar disc bulges, lumbar disc herniations, stenosis, sciatica, degenerative disc disease, or cervical disc problems.
To find out if you are a candidate for Cold Laser Therapy, Call (864) 288-7797.