High-Intensity Laser Therapy
High-Intensity Laser Therapy (HILT) is an FDA-cleared treatment option that is unique in its ability to penetrate through bone, soft tissue, and muscle to deliver healing light energy to the cells of the body. It is a drug-free, non-invasive treatment approach that treats the underlying cause of pain by actually repairing damaged cells.
A Different Treatment Approach
There are a variety of options for treating acute and chronic pain. Pain medications and spinal injections may provide temporary comfort, but they do nothing to address the root cause of the pain – once the medication wears off, the pain returns. They can also be accompanied by serious side effects including other health problems, depression, and addiction. Surgery is expensive, carries its own set of major risks, recovery can last for weeks or months, and the success rates are not as high as one might expect.
High-Intensity Laser Therapy has seen an 80% success rate at improving function and significantly reducing symptoms.
How Does Laser Therapy Work?
The light energy from our Class 4, therapeutic laser stimulates healing within your cells. It is similar to photosynthesis when plants convert light energy to food. The light from the laser stimulates cell regeneration and DNA & RNA repairs inside of the cells, increases blood flow, and increases metabolic activity. It also decreases chronic pain by “resetting” the nerves.
High-Intensity Laser Therapy is different from cold (or low level) laser therapy. Our laser is many times stronger than a cold laser, enabling it to reach deeper into the cellular tissue and treat surrounding tissues to provide longer lasting results for our patients.
What to Expect
The light from the laser feels warm on the body. Many patients find the soothing, warming sensation to be very relaxing. It has been described by some as feeling “like warm sunshine”. It is important to know that laser therapy requires a series of treatments in order to be effective. While some patients feel relief after just a few treatments, for most the response is more subtle and gradual.
Benefits of Laser Therapy:
• Reduces pain
• Minimizes swelling
• Softens scar tissue
• Speeds tissue repair and cell growth
• Improves blood flow
• Improves nerve function
• Resets chronic pain cycle
Different patients will benefit from different of treatment options. The doctor will determine the best combination of treatments for each individual patient.