Frequently Ask Questions
How often should a patient be treated?
Acute conditions may be treated daily, particularly if they are accompanied by significant pain. More chronic problems respond better when treatments are received 2 to 3 times a week, tapering to once a week or once every other week, with improvement.
How many treatments does it take?
This depends on the nature of the condition being treated. For some acute conditions 4 to 6 treatments may be sufficient. Those of a more chronic nature may require 6 to 12 (or more) treatments. Conditions such as severe arthritis may require ongoing periodic care to control pain.
How long before the results are felt?
You may feel improvement in your condition (usually pain reduction) after the very first treatment. Sometimes you will not feel improvement for a number of treatments. This does not mean that the condition is not improving. Each treatment is cumulative and results are often felt after 3 or 4 sessions.
Can it be used in conjunction with other forms of treatment?
Yes. Laser Therapy is often used with other forms of treatment, including physical therapy, chiropractic, massage, soft tissue mobilization, electrotherapy and even following surgery. Other healing modalities are complementary and can be used with laser to increase the effectiveness of the treatment.
Does it hurt? What does a treatment feel like?
There is little or no sensation during treatment. Occasionally one feels a mild, soothing warmth or tingling. Areas of pain or inflammation may be sensitive briefly before pain reduction.
Are there any side effects or associated risks?
During more than twenty years of use by healthcare providers all over the world, very few side effects have ever been reported. Occasionally some old injuries or pain syndromes may feel aggravated for a few days, as the healing response is more active after treatment.
How long does each treatment take?
The typical treatment is 4 to 8 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated.
Has effectiveness been demonstrated scientifically?
Yes. There are thousands of published studies demonstrating the clinical effectiveness of Laser Therapy. Among these, there are more than one hundred rigorously controlled, scientific studies that document the effectiveness of laser for many clinical conditions.
When will I start feeling better?
Some people notice change after only one treatment, but most people will notice a reduction in pain by treatment three.
How should I dress for a laser therapy treatment?
Your laser therapy treatment must be delivered directly to your skin. Wear clothing that will allow access to the area. Shorts, sweat pants, a sport bra or similar items are suggested. Alternatively, your doctor will have you change into a patient gown if the area needing treatment is not readily accessible.
How many treatment sessions will I need?
The number of Laser therapy sessions you will need depends on the nature and duration of your condition, and other factors. Some acute conditions will respond in 6 or fewer sessions, whereas chronic conditions may take 10-12 or more treatments. Some chronic conditions require ongoing maintenance therapy every 1-3 months to sustain pain relief and functionality.
What does it feel like to get a treatment?
Most patients Describe it as a very soothing, warm sensation. Since the laser is a high-powered therapy laser, your skin will get warm during the treatment. Many patients feel a significant reduction in pain on the first visit. Occasionally, patients will feel slightly more pain immediately after the treatment- and then feel much better the next day.
How will I feel after the treatment?
You may feel pain relief after just the first treatment. For other patients, it takes a while longer. Most patients report feeling very relaxed, or even tired. If you feel a lot less pain, keep in mind that pain reduction is just one goals. The therapy laser is giving your body's cells more energy so they repair and regenerate new tissues. The effect of laser therapy treatments is cumulative. You will be getting more benefit with successive treatments.
Do I need to take special precautions after laser therapy treatment?
For the most part, no. Obviously you do not want to overexert and reinjure yourself. You may need to make changes in your work station. If you ar eplanning to work out, you may want to reduce the intensity, or change the nature of your exercise. Discuss this with your doctor.
Why do I have to wear safety glasses during my laser therapy treatment?
This is a high-powered therapy laser. Laser light can be focused by the lens of your eye, and potentially cause damage to your retina. The safety glasses you wear specifically block out the wavelengths of light produced by the therapy laser.