Does Laser Therapy Really Work on Chronic Pain?

It’s been estimated that as many as 50 million American adults are plagued by chronic pain, with the majority of them attempting to relieve that pain by taking some kind of OTC or prescription medication. You might be surprised to learn, however, that upwards of 2,500 studies have demonstrated that laser therapy can be a highly effective approach for pain management and that it has earned approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treatment of chronic pain. Continue reading below to find out why laser therapy is so effective at managing chronic pain.

The science behind laser therapy

When a patient undergoes laser therapy, the skin is exposed to particles of light carrying electromagnetic radiation, which is absorbed by the mitochondrion of your cells. This absorption accelerates the production of adenosine triphosphate, which is responsible for fueling the body’s cellular processes. Besides providing a tremendous energy boost to cells, exposure to electromagnetic photons will improve blood circulation and accelerate the process of tissue-healing. As it happens, only cells that are typically dormant will absorb the light energy emitted by the laser, and cells that are completely healthy are unaffected.

Benefits of laser therapy

In some cases where extreme chronic pain is involved, surgery might be an approach recommended by doctors. However, most health experts would agree that non-invasive treatments such as laser therapy are always preferable whenever possible. There are also a number of issues associated with taking painkillers such as NSAIDs or acetaminophen, all of which are accompanied by their own specific side effects. Opioids are effective painkillers but carry a heavy addiction risk.

Clearly, a better approach to pain management is needed, and that’s where laser therapy comes in.

Laser therapy provides highly effective pain relief and is a cost-effective alternative to other non-surgical approaches. In a nutshell, laser therapy can reduce inflammation, increase blood flow, accelerate tissue repair, is free of side effects, requires no recovery time, and provides long-lasting relief for any patient.

Laser therapy can be used in the treatment of back pain, arthritis, muscle strains, fibromyalgia, bursitis, tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, neck and shoulder pain, plantar fasciitis, and even tennis elbow. In short, virtually any kind of chronic pain can be effectively treated by using laser therapy.

Where to start?

If you are an orthopedic surgeon or practice manager wondering how you can start offering your patients laser therapy, OrthoLazer has developed a “business-in-a-box” franchise system specifically geared to busy orthopedic practices. Offering the most advanced and effective therapy laser on the market today – the MLS M8 Robotic Laser – OrthoLazer is helping patients and physicians alike take advantage of laser therapy technology.


OrthoLazer Orthopedic Laser Centers offer patients and their doctors an innovative and effective alternative pain management option to treat acute and chronic orthopedic conditions. Founded by Dr. Scott Sigman – the original opioid-sparing surgeon – our centers further his mission of providing his patients non-operative and non-opioid treatment options.

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