Laser therapy is a non-invasive treatment that uses focused light to stimulate tissue repair and prevent pain. Although it’s been used for decades in the field of dermatology with great success, many people don’t realize that it is also being used in the field of orthopedics.

So, with that in mind, here are five things you may not have known about laser therapy and its application in treating orthopedic injuries.

Laser therapy isn’t just for pain relief

Although laser therapy is extremely effective at reducing pain and inflammation, its benefits don’t stop there. It can also be used to speed up healing and prevent scar tissue from forming. The light from a laser stimulates the production of collagen, which is a protein essential in the process of repairing damaged tissue and repairing injuries. That makes it very effective for speeding up the healing process, while also preventing the formation of scar tissue.

The MLS M8 Robotic Therapeutic Laser has FDA approval

This highly advanced robotic laser system has received FDA approval because it has been clinically proven to reduce pain and improve function in patients. That means you can have confidence that when you’re being treated, your pain and inflammation will be reduced and maybe after several sessions, banished altogether. This cutting-edge laser was developed by OrthoLazer, and that’s the laser you should look for when you’re considering laser therapy.

Laser treatments are short and sweet

Laser treatments can take as little as 10 minutes per session, and some conditions being treated only require one or two sessions before results will be noticeable. This can be really important to individuals who have busy schedules and find it difficult to subtract an hour or two from their daily schedule for some kind of treatment. Assuming you don’t have a long drive to the doctor’s office, your laser therapy can be wrapped up very quickly, and you won’t have lost much productive time.

Laser therapy has NO side effects 

Some approaches to pain treatment can carry unpleasant side effects. For instance, patients who undergo surgery can experience a whole catalog of side effects in the aftermath, including pain, fatigue, loss of appetite, swelling, drainage, bruising, soreness, thirst, constipation, nausea and vomiting, and potentially even infection.

Laser therapy, however, has NO side effects. None.

Laser therapy is completely non-invasive 

Unlike surgeries, laser therapy is a 100 percent non-invasive procedure, and that’s a big part of its appeal. Any time you have surgery, you can expect some kind of recovery period will be necessary because your body has been traumatized in some specific area.

The area treated by laser therapy undergoes no cutting, no stitching, and no discomfort. That means you won’t need any recovery time whatsoever, and you’ll be able to resume your normal activities shortly after you leave the doctor’s office.

With the increasing popularity of laser therapy, it is important to understand what this treatment can and cannot do. We’ve outlined some things you may not know about laser therapy, and we hope they have provided you with a more comprehensive understanding of how lasers work in your body. If you would like to learn more about the benefits of laser therapy, be sure to reach out!

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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. If you’d like more information about OrthoLazer, please visit our website at ortholazer.com.