Laser stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. This type of radiation is not harmful to the body but in fact provides stimulation at a cellular level to initiate healing and decrease pain. Using light at specific dosages and wavelengths through a light emitting diode, the laser treatment alters how the cells function which decreases pain, while increasing healing and mobility in a safe painless approach. It is accept-able medical technology recognized by Health Canada.
Laser has been used to successfully treat many clinical conditions; soft tissue and sports injuries (ligaments, muscles, tendons, contusions and hematomas); wounds (scars, burns, ulcerations); repetitive stress problems (carpal tunnel, rotator cuff problems, tennis/golfer’s elbow, trigger point issues); shingles and post herpetic neuralgia; fibromyalgia; disc issues; degenerative osteoarthritis; rheumatoid arthritis; plantar fasciitis and heel spurs; chronic neck and back pain; acne; smoking cessation; and weight loss.
Laser is used in a number of medical offices including chiropractic and physio-therapy clinics and is a widely used and accepted tool of professional sporting associations such as the NBA, NHL, NFL and CFL as well as university sporting teams due to its effectiveness in healing sports injuries in a timely fashion.
Laser can also be effectively used in place of acupuncture needles aiding those who have a fear of needles or are sensitive.
This depends on a number of factors:
1) How old is the injury of the problem?
2) The type of injury or problem i.e. Is it the result of an autoimmune issue such as fibromyalgia or rheumatoid arthritis or is it a chronic condition such as tendonitis or muscle pain or is it an acute injury as in the case of an ankle sprain? The more chronic the issue the more you will initially need to attend to stimulate the healing process then monthly maintenance treatments are recommended to prevent the reoccurrence of symptoms.
Upon your initial visit the laser practitioner will discuss your situation and outline a treatment plan for you based on your situation. It is important for you to attend your laser sessions as a successful outcome is a cumulative result.
Laser is completely safe to use, painless, and with no side effects. Health Canada has approved the use of this technology when treating soft tissue injuries. There are some cases where laser cannot by used as in the case with patients who are taking photosensitive drugs.
An average treatment, based on a 10 minute appointment is $45 for adults and $35 for seniors and children (up to age 13).
As it is a medical treatment approved by Health Canada it is likely to be covered but you should check with your provider to be sure that you have coverage. A referral from your chiropractor or doctor may be required.