Second Opinion Magazine
What Is Cold Laser Light Therapy and How Can It Help Me?
by Daniel Czelatdko, DC, CCSP, DACBN, Tenold Chiropractic
Cold laser light therapy, also called light therapy, is an adjunct treatment that has been excellent for multiple orthopedic problems. Briefly defined, cold laser effects include promoting healthy cell growth, improving cell metabolism (which is necessary for repair), and also faster wound healing. All of this together equates to a reduction in inflammation, a reduced scar formation, and stimulation to the nerve function, which in essence helps with pain reduction. Cold laser therapy is easy to apply and very safe. Virtually, there are no side effects or pain associated with this treatment, and it sets itself up as a good alternative to analgesics, NSAIDs, and other medications. It may reduce or possibly prolong the need for some surgeries. My use of cold laser is an excellent adjunct to chiropractic care because of its noninvasiveness. Multiple studies have shown effectiveness for the following conditions:
• Acute and chronic pain
• Ligament sprains and muscle strain
• Tendinitis, bursitis, arthritis
• Back and neck pain
• Conditions such as plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, degenerative joint disease, carpal tunnel, TMJ, trigeminal neuralgia, shingles, and many more.
Over 2,500 studies have been made in the last thirty years on laser light therapy and have shown it to be a very effective and cost-conscious treatment.