Laser Therapy

Laser therapy, also known as low-level laser therapy (LLLT) or cold laser therapy, is a non-invasive treatment modality that utilizes low-intensity laser light to promote tissue healing and reduce pain and inflammation in various conditions. Laser therapy or photobiomodulation therapy is a non-invasive and non-thermal treatment that has been used in physiotherapy and Rehab settings since 2002 though for Wound Healing it was used since 1960’s.

There are mainly 2 types of Lasers:

  • High Power – example Hard Laser, Surgical Laser who has energy outputs more than 3000- 10,000 mW
  • Low Power – example Medical Laser, Soft Laser, Therapeutic Cold Laser whose energy output ranges from 1-500 mW.

In the clinic we use Low Power Therapeutic Cold Laser which emits energy output of 90mW or less and thus it is safe because it is performed by qualified healthcare professionals.

Here are some conditions that are commonly treated with laser therapy in physiotherapy:

Musculoskeletal conditions
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Tendinitis- Tennis Elbow, Golfers Elbow
  • Bursitis – Olecranon Bursitis; Trochanteric Bursitis, Subacromial Bursitis
  • Sprains- MCL, LCL, Deltoid
  • Strains
  • Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Plantar fasciitis.
Sports injuries
  • Ligament sprains
  • Muscle Strains
  • Contusions
  • Tendonitis
  • Ligament and Tendon Tears

Neck and back pain

  • Cervical Disc Herniation
  • Lumbar Disc Herniation
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Facet joint dysfunction

Wound healing

  • Chronic or Non-healing wounds
  • Diabetic Ulcers
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Surgical incisions

Nerve-related conditions

  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Nerve impingements
  • Nerve Regeneration
  • Neuritis

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders: Laser therapy may provide relief from pain, inflammation, and muscle tension associated with TMJ disorders. Laser therapy can be a treatment option for temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain, which refers to discomfort or dysfunction in the jaw joint and surrounding muscles. Laser therapy for TMJ pain involves applying low-level laser light directly to the affected area, such as the jaw joint, muscles, or surrounding tissues.

Whether you’re suffering from sports injuries, Joint pain, or Chronic conditions like Arthritis, Laser Therapy can be a game-changer in your healing journey! πŸ‘ˆ

How it works?

Laser therapy involves the application of low-level laser light to the affected area of the body. The light energy penetrates the skin and interacts with the cells, promoting cellular metabolism and enhancing tissue repair. It stimulates various biological processes, such as increasing blood circulation, reducing inflammation, and releasing endorphins (natural painkillers).

What are the side effects?

Laser therapy is generally considered safe when performed by a trained professional. The low-level laser used in physiotherapy does not generate heat, so there is NO risk of burns or tissue damage. However, protective eyewear should be worn by both the patient and the therapist to shield the eyes from direct laser exposure. There may be certain contraindications and precautions depending on individual factors, such as pregnancy, active cancer, and certain medications.

What are the Benefits of Laser Therapy?

Laser therapy in physiotherapy can provide several benefits, including pain relief, reduced inflammation, accelerated tissue healing, improved blood flow, increased range of motion, and muscle relaxation. It is commonly used to treat musculoskeletal conditions, such as sports injuries, sprains, strains, osteoarthritis, and tendinitis.

What is the Treatment process?

During a laser therapy session, the physiotherapist will place the laser probe directly on the skin or hold it slightly above the skin’s surface, depending on the specific treatment goals and the condition being treated. The treatment duration can vary but typically lasts a few minutes to around 20 minutes per session. The number of sessions required will depend on the individual and the severity of the condition. Laser therapy is often used as part of a comprehensive physiotherapy treatment plan. It can be combined with other techniques such as exercise therapy, manual therapy, electrotherapy, and rehabilitation exercises to optimize the overall outcomes.

πŸ’ͺ Our team of experienced physiotherapists and Chiropractors will tailor the Laser Therapy sessions to your specific needs, ensuring a personalized treatment plan that targets your pain points effectively. πŸ’ͺ

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    Himja Upadhyay

    HIMJA has achieved a wide spectrum of qualifications and experience related to the physiotherapy profession. She believes in a patient-centred approach, and has developed clinical expertise in Orthopedic, Pelvic as well as Vestibular Physiotherapy. Himja has taken more than 35 courses to mention related to Orthopedic, Vestibular, Pelvic, Acupuncture and Physiotherapy. She has mentored Resident physiotherapists and Physiotherapy students and enjoys the teaching and mentorship opportunities of her profession. She believes in continuous learning process and self-upgradation. Himja has had over 13 years of experience in the field and has successfully treated numerous Lower Back Injuries, Arthritis, Sciatica, Repetitive strain injuries, Pelvic Conditions, Vertigo and Dizziness, Vestibular Problems, Concussions, Motor vehicle accidents, workplace injuries, sports injuries, neuromusculoskeletal injuries, etc. She uses a combination of manual therapy techniques, Spinal Traction, acupuncture techniques, dry needling, taping, cupping, Acupressure, Gua Sha, electrotherapy equipment’s, Shockwave therapy condition specific exercise prescription, etc., to provide an individualized program to achieve goals. She has vast experience with injury prevention, return to work programs and ergonomics, and disability management settings with insurers. On a Personal Note: she loves travelling to new places with her family. She loves to participate in active lifestyle and promoting healthy habits.