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Cold laser therapy, also known as low-level laser therapy (LLLT), is a non-invasive treatment method that uses low energy light waves of a specific wavelength range that penetrate the skin and stimulate the cells to promote tissue healing and relieve pain. The light waves used have a therapeutic effect but do not cause heating of the tissues.

Indications of Cold Laser Therapy

Cold laser therapy is mainly used to treat tissue damage, inflammation, and pain. Indications for cold laser therapy include:

  • Arthritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Back pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Muscle strain
  • Tennis elbow
  • Knee osteoarthritis
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Bursitis
  • Shoulder impingement syndrome

Preparation for Cold Laser Therapy

Your doctor will recommend cold laser therapy if it is suitable for your condition. It does not require any special preparation.

Procedure of Cold Laser Therapy

Your doctor will instruct you to lie on an examination table or chair. A device that emits laser light of low wavelength is placed on the affected area for a few minutes. The laser beams emitted penetrate through the layers of the skin to the targeted site where the laser radiations are absorbed and stimulate the cells to heal and regenerate. Each session usually takes a few minutes. No post-procedure care is necessary. You may require 3-4 sessions a week for at least a month to receive the full benefit of treatment. 

Risks and Complications of Cold Laser Therapy

There are no significant risks or complications associated with cold laser therapy as very low energy light is used. The laser used can cause damage if directed at the eyes. Your doctor will take the necessary precautions. This treatment will not be used over areas with suspected cancerous lesions.

Benefits of Cold Laser Therapy

Benefits of Cold Laser Therapy include:

  • Non-invasive 
  • Safe
  • No side effects
  • No medications required
  • No recovery period
  • Cost-effective
  • No pain
  • Faster wound healing
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