Why I Use a Cold Laser in My Practice

| December 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

In 2002, the FDA approved the use of cold laser for treatment of acute and chronic applications for physiological (neuromusculoskeletal) disease processes. I have witnessed the progress of these clinical trials of treatment protocols and clinical outcomes since 2002 and beyond. It, therefore, became necessary for me to include this modality in my practice.

Since utilizing this modality in my practice we have seen the benefits for relief of osteoarthritis, carpal tunnel disorder, frozen shoulder, and sprain/strain injuries.

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Unlike high-power medical lasers, which are widely used to cut and burn tissue, Low Level Lasers (LLLs) or cold lasers penetrate the surface of the skin with little or no heating effect and no potential tissue damage. The energy is directed deep into treatment area stimulating the body’s cells which convert the light energy into chemical energy to promote natural healing.

The chemical energy is called the photon. “Treatment with laser therapy is not based on heat development but on photochemical and photobiological effects in cells and tissues. [Lasers] cannot penetrate the tissue more than a fraction of a millimeter, so there is no other primary responding tissue other than the outer part of the dermis.”

Still, such irradiation has “secondary systemic effects.” Therefore, the light “leads in turn to a number of secondary effects (secondary responses), which have been studied and measured in various contexts: increased cell metabolism and collagen synthesis in fibroblasts, increased action potential of nerve cells, stimulation of the formation of DNA and RNA in the cell nucleus, local effects on the immune system, increased formation of capillaries by the release of growth factors, increased activity of leukocytes, transformation of fibroblasts to myofibroblasts, and a great number of other measured effects.”

Therefore, “deep light penetration is not a necessity per se in biostimulation. The possible reason for this is that cells in the tissues subjected to the light produce substances that then spread and circulate in blood vessels and lymphatic systems.”

Cold laser therapy or Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) has been proposed for a wide variety of uses including pain relief, wound healing, tuberculosis, and musculoskeletal conditions, such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other neurological dysfunctions. There is sufficient anecdotal evidence in the peer-reviewed literature to conclude that LLLT is effective for these conditions, however, large, well-designed clinical trials are required to demonstrate the effectiveness of LLLT for the proposed conditions.

At this time, the use of LLLT for all conditions remains experimental, investigational, and unproven. Nevertheless, there are over 3000 peer-reviewed studies to suggest the benefits of cold laser therapy without adverse side-effects.

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