The short answer, as much as we would want it to be in the affirmative is no. However, the cutting edge of modern medicine has given advanced foot and ankle care centers like Emerald Coast Podiatry powerful non surgical alternatives. While our surgical results are outstanding, the implementation of new, highly effective treatments like Low Intensity Laser Light therapy have shed new light on treatment options.
Clinicians are using laser therapy more often than ever before to help reduce pain and inflammation related to many common conditions.
Thousands of doctors and patients have experienced the power of laser therapy and are familiar with its therapeutic effects, but for those who aren’t, here are 5 things everyone should know about it:
1. It reduces pain and inflammation without side effects
Laser therapy uses a photobiomodulation. Photons enter the tissue and interact with the inflammitory mitigation complex within mitochondria. This interaction triggers a biological cascade of events that leads to an increase in cellular metabolism and a decrease in both pain and inflammation. Unlike medications, laser therapy reduces pain and no side effects.
2. Can be used for acute and chronic conditions
When treating acute conditions with laser therapy, it is particularly effective when it is administered as soon as possible following injury (assuming there is no active hemorrhaging). The faster the inflammation is reduced and the healing process can begin, the better. In the case of acute injury, laser therapy helps restore the body to normal function quicker.
With chronic conditions, laser therapy is used most often to help combat persistent pain and inflammation. The new Musculoskeletal pain laser is being used by Emerald Coast Podiatry to quickly reduce inflammation in patients suffering from chronic foot and ankle pain. This therapy laser is especially well-suited for treating chronic conditions because it enables clinicians to treat a wider area of interest while still delivering therapeutically relevant dosages.
3. Treatments can be customized for each situation
The availability of multiple treatment heads offers additional flexibility for the clinician. For instance, when treating over bony prominences, an off-contact treatment method is advisable. However, when treating deep-tissue structures, such as a plantar fascia an on-contact massage ball attachment is best to reduce reflection and scattering, and also encourage deeper penetration by displacing excess fluids. Different sized treatment heads can also be advantageous for administering treatments that require varying levels of precision.
4. Treatments Feel Good
One common question related to laser therapy is, “What does it feel like?” Depending on the laser, it can create little to no sensation or it can create a gentle, soothing warmth. Many patients receiving Laser Therapy treatments report enjoying the experience, especially when a massage-ball treatment head is used to deliver what is often referred to as a “laser massage.”
Patients receiving treatments with higher-power lasers also frequently report a rapid decrease in pain. For someone suffering from chronic foot and ankle pain, this effect can be particularly pronounced.
5. Treatments Are Fast
With LightForce lasers, treatments are quick, usually 5-10 minutes depending on the size, depth, and acuteness of the condition being treated. High-power lasers are able to deliver a lot of energy in a small amount of time, so therapeutic dosages are achieved quickly. For people with packed schedules, patients and clinicians alike, fast and effective treatments are a must.
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