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Laser Therapy


CAN LASER THERAPY HELP WITH MY CONDITION?

Laser therapy has been used in the elite sports medicine world for several years. It is a non-invasive, painless procedure. We use it on nearly all conditions listed in the FAQ as it speeds the healing and is a pain reliever. 

WHAT DOES THE SCIENCE SAY ABOUT LASER THERAPY?

There are over 4000 scientific studies published and more every month. This is becoming more mainstream as it is now becoming integrated within clinical guidelines for select conditions. Here is a link for more information.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

It speeds metabolism, reduces pain and stimulates growth factors.  This cascade of events accelerates the body's natural healing processes.  Here is a scientific paper with all the details.

COST, NUMBER OF VISITS & SCHEDULING FAQ ANSWERED. 

  • Cost: $50/visit as a stand alone procedure.

  • Insurance: This is an elective service. Most insurance companies do not cover this procedure.  

  • Treatment protocols: Chronic conditions usually require 8-10 sessions

  • Some people utilize laser therapy by itself. In most cases we combine it with other treatments (manual therapy, dry needling, shockwave, exercise/rehabilitation) 

  • To schedule for laser therapy. Book online as a new patient with Dr. Tapplin. Simply mention on the first visit that you are interested in laser therapy. 

 

LASER information: Paper from Michael Hamblin, PhD Harvard. LASER in the treatment of pain: Acute orthopedic conditions such as sprains [53,54], strains, post-surgical pain, a whiplash injury [54], muscular back pain, cervical or lumbar radiculopathy [55,56], tendinitis [57,58] and chronic conditions such as osteoarthritis [59–64], rheumatoid arthritis, frozen shoulder [65], neck and back pain [56], epicondylitis [66], carpal tunnel syndrome [67,68], tendinopathy [69], fibromyalgia [70], plantar fasciitis [70], post tibial fracture surgery [9] and chronic regional pain syndrome are amenable to LASER therapy. References in this link.


Orthopedic outcomes:  According to the more than 4000 studies on pub.med.gov, it can be concluded that the majority of laboratory and clinical studies have demonstrated that Laser(LLLT and HILT) has a positive effect on acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain. The overall positive short term clinical studies in addition to strong laboratory studies should give the clinical confidence that Laser may be beneficial for many individuals suffering from musculoskeletal pain, regardless of the cause. 


Tendon Pain:  From the American Journal of Sports Medicine-Chronic Achilles Tendinopathy- Excellent results speeding up the recovery from 12 weeks down to 4 weeks. Used with eccentric exercise vs placebo laser and eccentric exercise. 


Myofasical Pain: The literature reports greater efficacy of laser over dry needling



Plantar Fasciitis Ultrasound Study; Chronic Plantar Fasciitis 2x’s week for 3 weeks. 1 year follow up had awesome results with pain scores. 


Low Back Pain: HILT combined with exercise appears to be more effective in patients with CLBP than either HILT alone or placebo laser with exercise; Laser makes the list for the American College of Physicians evidence based clinical practice guidelines for low back pain; Comparison between Epidural Block vs. High Intensity Laser Therapy for Controlling Chronic Low Back Pain


Chronic Neck Pain: The combination of HILT + EX effectively increased cervical ROM, functional activity, and reduced pain after 6 weeks of treatment.  Cervical Spine Spondylosis(Arthritis) 


Knee OA: The results demonstrated strong immediate, cumulative, and long lasting (for three months) effect of high intensity laser therapy on pain in knee osteoarthritis, which gives indication that high intensity laser therapy could be a promising new possibility in the treatment of osteoarthritis of knee; HILT more effective than LLLT for KOA


Bone Healing:  Fracture healing: Laser relieved pain and improve the healing process of CBFs in the human wrist and Animal research. Animal study=no placebo bone stimulator + laser is best. Tibial Fracture.  


Nerve Healing: 9 sessions over 3 weeks speeds nerve regeneration in this study. 


Feel free to use the chat function here if you have any questions or book an appointment if you're ready to start treatment.

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