Laser phototherapy (LPT), also known as low level laser therapy (LLLT), or cold laser is a form of phototherapy that involves the application of coherent light to injuries and lesions to stimulate healing. Laser therapy is used to increase the speed, quality and tensile strength of tissue repair, resolve inflammation, and give pain relief.
Laser therapy increases photon absorption on a cellular level. The absorption of photons in the mitochondria initiate a cascade of intercellular functions causing therapeutic benefits of wound healing, pain relief and tissue repair. The photonic energy is converted to chemical energy within the cell and increases the cells ATP—What that means is the cell has the energy to perform its cellular duty more efficiently.
Common conditions treated with laser therapy:
* Carpal tunnel syndrome
* Muscle strain
* Neck and low back pain
* Joint sprains
* Tennis/golfers elbow
* Soft tissue injury
Laser therapy is noninvasive, drug-free modality. It is contraindicated for pregnancy, cancer, transplant patients, and photosensitive patients.
Laser phototherapy is easily applied to patients and has relatively short treatment times. There are no known permanent or serious side effects from laser therapy.