K-Laser Therapy at the NewEdge Family Chiropractic
K–laser therapy uses specific wavelengths of light both red and near-infrared to stimulate cells and aid in the healing process. When cells absorb the light energy, it initiates a series of events that eventually results in normalizing the damaged nerves or tissue as well as reduce the pain and inflammation. This interaction is what accelerates the overall healing process.
Common Injuries and Diseases Aided by K-Laser Therapy
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Myofascial Trigger Points
- Tennis Elbow
- Ligament Sprains
- Muscle Strains
- Repetitive Stress Injuries
- Chondromalacia Patellae
- Plantar Fascitis
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Osteoarthritis (Joint Disease)
- Shoulder, Back & Knee Pain
- Post-Traumatic Injury
- Trigeminal Neuralgia
- Diabetic Neuropathy
- Venous ulcers
- Diabetic Foot Ulcers
- Deep Edema
- Sports Injuries
- Auto & Work Injuries
How many laser treatment sessions are necessary?
The measurable effects of laser therapy are cumulative in nature and usually require multiple treatments. Many times the patient will experience relief immediately after the first treatment. The number of sessions will depend on the exact diagnosis, age, and overall health status of the patient. In general, acute conditions can be treated more frequently and require fewer visits, typically 4 to 6. Chronic conditions may require 6, 8, or 10 more visits. How long has laser therapy been utilized in pain management?
The laser was invented in 1960 and the biostimulative properties of laser light were first discovered in 1967. Therapy lasers have been used in Europe much longer than in the United States. The United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) first cleared therapy lasers in 2002 and Class IV lasers in 2003.
What is the power of most laser therapy devices on the market?
Many laser therapy devices being used in the US today range in power output from 5 milliwatts to 24,000 milliwatts. Class 3a lasers are 5 milliwatts, Class 3b range from 5 to 500 milliwatts, and a Class 4 laser greater than 500 milliwatts (or half a Watt).
The Platinum Series by Summus Medical Laser has adjustable power from 0.5 to 24 Watts in continuous-wave, and 28 Watts peak / 15 Watts average in Intense Super-Pulsed mode.
The adjustable power allows for a wide range of treatment protocols. Class 4 laser therapy delivers a therapeutic dosage to a large volume of tissue in a shorter period of time.
Are there any safety risks associated with Class IV laser therapy?
Laser treatments with the Platinum Series are extremely safe when applied by a Summus Medical Laser-certified and properly trained professional. Laser treatments should never be given directly over the eye or the thyroid gland – along with other absolute and relative contraindications as spelled out in the Platinum Series Safety Manual.
Laser treatment is safe to deliver directly over metal implants, over broken skin, and on acute injuries.