Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis striking 85% of the population over 75. The prevalence of osteoarthritis is on the rise as a result of an aging population and an increase in obesity. This growing population is looking for relief from the debilitating effects of the disease. The general treatments for chronic knee pain and osteoarthritis are pharmaceutical anti-inflammatories, pain killers, and corticosteroids. These treatment options provide short-lived pain relief and some costly side effects. Scientists have been hard at work looking for healthier, more effective alternatives for those suffering from osteoarthritis. One such alternative, that has been proven clinically effective, is a therapeutic laser system that offers cold laser treatment, often referred to as low-level laser therapy (LLLT).
What Is Low-Level Laser Therapy?
Low-level laser therapy is used to relieve pain and inflammation triggered by a variety of conditions. Also known as cold laser treatment, low-level laser therapy is a form of photo-therapy that stimulates tissue healing and production of the body’s natural pain relievers. Our Mckinney office uses Erchonia laser therapy–an advanced, proven technology that provides deep, penetrating low-intensity photonic energy to promote a safe, natural healing process. This advanced laser uses focused red and infrared light to stimulate tissue at and below the surface of skin to boost the body’s natural healing processes. The biological effects of low-level laser treatments trigger the production of cellular energy which improves blood flow for better circulation and increases cellular regeneration and collagen production for tissue repair.
Low-level laser therapy has the backing of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a method of relieving pain caused by arthritis and also the National Institute of Health which reported that patients using laser treatment had noticeably lower pain intensity at rest and in action. This therapeutic alternative to pharmaceuticals offers relief without pain, heat damage, or stress to the body.
How Does the Laser Work?
Low-level laser therapy uses photonic stimuli to excite the body’s cells and infuse them with energy. The lasers pass through the body into the cells and excite the mitochondria (the cells “powerhouse” where 90% of the energy you use is derived) and create “good” energy in the form of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP is often called the energy currency of life. It is a high-energy molecule that stores the energy we need to do all we do. This energy causes three primary reactions: increased blood flow (circulation), cell regeneration, and reduction of inflammation.
How Safe is Low-Level Laser Therapy?
The Erchonia low-level laser Freedom Health Center doctors use during treatment is the world’s most researched low-level laser and has been clinically proven to be extremely safe. By virtue of its design, it is not heat producing and does not alter your cellular structure. The laser irradiation is non-ionizing meaning it does not collect in tissue nor does it produce heat damage or cancer in the tissue. There are no known or published adverse effects of low-level laser treatment. Protective eyewear is required during application of the low-level laser and one should not look directly at the laser light.
What is the History of Low-Level Laser Therapy?
The first low-level laser was developed in 1960 and early testing proved to increase the speed and success of the healing process when it was administered. The technology was originally used for wound repair but clinical trials done throughout the 1970’s indicated that the effects of low-level laser treatment could be applied to more areas than first imagined. The 1990’s introduced new technology with more powerful and effective reproductions of the cold laser, contributing to its popularity in the field of rehabilitation.
What Are the Benefits of Using Low-Level Laser Treatment?
Low-level lasers can help patients lead a normal, active, and healthy life without debilitating pain. The benefits of using low-level laser therapy include:
- Improved healing. This treatment not only speeds the healing process, but affects the overall quality of the repaired tissue. Low-level lasers stimulate collagen production which muscles, tendons and ligament injuries require for successful healing.
- Improved circulation. The light increases vascular growth and dilation for improved circulation in joints that may have limited mobility.
- Increased endorphins. The biochemical effect of the low-level laser boosts the body’s production of endorphins.
- Reduced pain. Low-level laser therapy is another great way to treat the source of the pain and swelling, thereby making it less likely that you will need additional pain reducing medication. The treatment itself is painless and offers immediate improvement.
- Amplified cellular regeneration. These lasers create profound physiological changes in your body naturally.
- Non-invasive results. Many patients find that this solution is a much more effective and immediate alternative to traditional pain medications. Erchonia lasers provide a non-surgical, non-invasive approach to healing.
Call for a Free Consultation
If you are currently suffering from knee pain or knee osteoarthritis and are looking for a therapeutic alternative to your current treatment plan give Freedom Health Centers a call. Low-level laser therapy can provide you non-invasive, dependable results and return you to activity levels you previously thought were unattainable. Call (972) 542-3300 today!