Laser pain therapy can be very effective in treating a variety of painful conditions. These treatments can promote wound healing, promote cell growth, and relieve a number of chronic pain conditions. They are also helpful for treating injuries. However, the effectiveness of laser treatment depends on the condition, the type of treatment, and the length of treatment required. Many minor issues can be resolved with just a few short treatments, while other conditions may require multiple sessions or more frequent visits to the doctor.
Class IV laser therapy
Laser therapy is a non-invasive and safe way to treat pain. It works by targeting the underlying cause of the pain. It also helps reduce inflammation and swelling and promotes healing. It is safe and requires little or no downtime. In addition, it is painless, making it a great choice for those with pain that is preventing them from living a normal life.
Laser therapy works by affecting cellular metabolism, which can help the body heal more quickly. It activates cytochrome-C oxidase, a key enzyme involved in the repair of damaged cells. It also improves oxidative phosphorylation of mitochondria, which helps cells heal more quickly. Additionally, it has unique analgesic effects, reducing inflammation around a nerve and slowing the rate of afferent conduction. Laser therapy can change pain levels in both the acute and chronic cases.
Laser therapy is also useful for managing pain after surgery. A study in 2015 showed that patients treated with class IV lasers experienced a significant reduction in pain following surgery. Additionally, the study also found that patients had a shorter recovery time and needed fewer pain medications.
Class III laser therapy
Laser therapy for pain relies on two main components: the wavelength and the maximum power output. Class III lasers have a penetration depth of 0.5 to 2.0 cm2, while Class IV lasers can reach as deep as 10 cm2. Higher powers allow the lasers to reach deeper into the body and can be used on large areas without fear of damaging the tissues. A lower power laser can benefit areas under the skin and in areas with lower density. However, a high power laser is necessary for treating thicker bones or muscles.
Lasers of class IV and higher power are typically used to treat large areas. This type of therapy can reach deep tissues, but is not as effective for small areas. The higher power lasers have higher fluences, which measures how many photons reach their target.
Class II laser therapy
Laser therapy is a safe, drug-free treatment option for the treatment of pain. There are no known side effects, and the laser is non-invasive. Treatment sessions last from 10 to 45 minutes, and patients are often asked to perform range-of-motion exercises before the treatment. One treatment can relieve pain for two to four days. Repetitive sessions can prolong the effects of the laser therapy.
The FDA has cleared most LLLT devices as Class II non-heating lamps. The devices were cleared for temporary relief of pain for a variety of conditions, including carpal tunnel syndrome. They were also cleared to improve local blood circulation and muscle stiffness. While they are still considered experimental treatments, they may be safe enough to be used in the treatment of many types of pain, including arthritic pain.
A Class II laser system produces a light beam of approximately 5 millimeters in width and can treat a two-inch square area. Its power is measured in milliwatts for class I and class b lasers, and watts for class IV lasers. Laser systems can be pulsing, continuous wave, or a combination of the two. Their dosage, or amount of energy put into the tissue, is measured in Joules. Laser systems also come with warranties and service, which may be a factor in your decision making.