Bruises and Soft Tissue Injuries
For treating bruises and soft tissue injuries, laser therapy is highly effective, safe and painless.
Bruises occur from trauma or injury that results in broken blood vessels below the skin. When the blood vessels collect in one area, they can result in skin discoloration that may appear red, purple, blue or black. Although mild bruising can fade in a week or so, more severe injuries can remain discolored for several weeks.
Soft tissue injuries can result from a contusion, overuse or trauma to muscles, ligaments or tendons. Depending on the severity of the injury, recovery without treatment can take anywhere from two weeks to several months.
Although doctors have had few options for treating these types of injuries, laser therapy treatments are now shown to be highly effective for accelerating healing, reducing pain and erasing the signs of damage.
Laser Treatment for Bruises Related to Injury
A fall or sports-related injury can leave you with painful and unsightly bruising that can last for weeks, if the injury was severe enough.
Patients often seek treatment for bruises to help reduce their appearance. However, laser treatment also reduces the pain and discomfort that accompany severe bruising. Doctors have treated these injuries with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or over-the-counter analgesics, but both of these methods can have unwanted or even risky side effects.
Laser treatment penetrates soft tissue to reach the areas of injury, quickly and painlessly. And with no risk of unwanted or unpleasant side effects, this treatment is uniquely safe.
Laser Therapy Banishes Surgical Bruises
Laser therapy is highly effective for fading the bruises that often accompany surgical procedures. In fact, many cosmetic and facial plastic surgeons recommend it to their patients.
Because this treatment helps to reduce inflammation and improve the healing process, bruises that might otherwise remain for weeks will fade in a matter of a few days.
The research shows that laser therapy for surgical bruising is most effective when performed five to 10 days after surgery. However, talk to your surgeon and to Dr. Muir to determine the best schedule for your laser treatments.
Laser Therapy for Soft Tissue Injuries
For other types of soft tissue injuries, laser treatment provides a safe and effective way to reduce the pain and inflammation, and to kick-start the healing process.
The ideal time for treatment is as soon as possible after the injury. However, treatment can be performed at any time, as long as no active bleeding is occurring under the skin.
In Draper, Wexford, Laser Therapy offers safe and effective laser treatments. Dr. Muir is trained and certified in performing laser therapy using our equipment and technology — he is one of only a few doctors in the U.S. who specializes in this particular type of therapy. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Muir to discover how effective laser therapy can be for bruises and soft tissue injuries.