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- What is Laser Therapy for Pain Relief Medical treatments used to reduce inflammation, eliminate pain, and repair tissue
- Why Patients who don’t respond to conservative treatments and who want to avoid surgery
- How Specific wavelengths of light are applied to stimulate tissue repair
- Recommended for Regenerative Laser Therapy is a great option for individuals who have not responded to basic conservative treatment options such as shoe modifications, orthotics, anti-inflammatories, and rest. The laser therapy treatments are noninvasive and ideal for individuals suffering from tendon injuries such as Achilles Tendinitis, soft tissue inflammation from plantar fibromas, and in injuries such as ankle sprains. Additionally, Laser Therapy is very helpful immediately after Foot and Ankle surgery to help facilitate maximum and expedited tissue repair.
- Length of Surgery 10 to 15 minutes
- Downtime None
Let’s take a closer look…
Laser therapy is a medical treatment that utilizes focused wavelengths of light to reduce inflammation and eliminate pain. Unlike most light sources, light from a laser is tuned to specific wavelengths, in order to help the affected area. Lasers allow for medical professionals to work at high levels of precision by focusing on a small area, damaging less of the surrounding tissue. Patients who receive laser therapy should experience less pain, swelling, and scarring compared to traditional surgery. However, laser therapy can require multiple treatments over a course of weeks or months. As previously mentioned, medical lasers penetrate deep into the tissue, in order to stimulate regeneration at the cellular level. Some ailments laser therapies have been proven to treat include the following: plantar fasciitis, achilles injuries, arthritis and bursitis, tendonitis, neuromas, peripheral neuropathy, fractures, occupational and sports injuries, hematomas, and gout.
Why Laser Therapy
Laser therapy is an effective and safe treatment method cleared by the FDA and supported by podiatrist. There are many benefits associated with this form of therapy. Those benefits include rapidly reducing pain, acting as a strong anti-inflammatory, improving blood circulation, and speeding up the healing process. There are also no known side effects at this time and this therapy is drug free, pain free, and noninvasive. In addition, this therapy also helps to reduce swelling and promote healing of the joints and soft tissue.
How: Steps of Laser Therapy
During this procedure, different wavelengths of light are applied directly to the targeted area. The body’s tissue will then absorb the light, allowing for gradual healing to occur. The red and near-infrared light causes a reaction that the damaged cells respond to by promoting regeneration. Although patients will feel the laser device touching the skin, these procedures are painless and noninvasive. There will be no sound and individuals may or may not feel heat. Each treatment typically takes a few minutes to complete from start to finish.
The Remy is a Class IV, 510K, FDA-cleared laser capable of treating a wide variety of medical conditions. The main functions of this device is to target pain, inflammation, toenail fungus, warts and to be used in conjunction with surgery. This specific device uses wavelengths of 650, 810, 915, and 980 to treat any patient’s specific condition.