Frequently Asked Questions About Laser Therapy
Many of our patients have questions about the process of laser therapy.
In this frequently asked question section, we will detail some of the main questions that our patients have so that we can alleviate some concern regarding the therapy.
How often will I need treatment?
Most acute conditions will need to be treated on a daily basis. If you’ve experienced a severe injury, going for therapy sessions a few times a week or on a regular and focused basis can lead to faster healing results. Chronic problems often respond to treatments that are received 2 to 3 times a week. Tapering treatments down to once a week or every other week will continuously deliver improvements to a chronic condition and help you to manage symptoms like pain and inflammation. Every case is slightly different but a clinician will help you to determine the best treatment schedule for managing your injury or chronic pain.
How many treatments will it take to see results?
It often depends on the nature of the condition that your treating. Most acute conditions require at least 4 to 6 treatments to start seeing results. Patients that are experiencing ongoing chronic pain may require at least 6 to 12 treatments before they will start to see results. Most conditions like severe arthritis will require an ongoing level of care in order to control pain as well as changes in the frequency of treatment based off of the amount of pain you may be experiencing. Most patients start to experience the difference after three of four sessions but you may start to notice a difference after your first treatment.
Can I use this with other treatments?
Laser therapy is often used as a combination treatment and this can mean using it alongside chiropractic therapy, massage, soft tissue mobilization, electrotherapy, physical therapy and more. Many patients that have ongoing symptoms of chronic pain will also continue to use medication to manage their information and symptoms of pain.
Will laser therapy hurt?
There’s only a warm sensation during the treatment. Most people compare it to a warm and tingling sensation. Areas of inflammation and pain may be sensitive a day after or directly after treatment before an overall reduction in pain occurs.
Are there side effects?
laser therapy has been tested over two decades of use by healthcare providers. Old injuries and pain symptoms may get aggravated a few days after treatment takes place but this is often a response to active healing after treatment. Negative side effects with this treatment are extremely rare.
How long does treatment take?
Most treatments take around 45 minutes depending on the size of the area that requires treatment.
Is laser treatment scientifically verified?
There have been thousands of studies published on the effectiveness of laser therapy over the past two decades. Over 100 of these studies have taken place under rigorous controls and there are various studies that can demonstrate the effectiveness of laser therapy for treating a wide range of clinical conditions.