Cold Laser Therapy
Clearwater, Tampa, St Petersburg, Florida
There are many different types of lasers used for medical purposes. Two main groups stand out:
- High Power Lasers: These are used to cut, coagulate and evaporate tissues. These lasers are often called surgical lasers because they can replace the scalpel of the surgeon.
- Low Level Lasers: These can be used to stimulate cell function. They are also called bio-stimulating lasers or Low Intensity Lasers. Their biological effect is not thermal, as is the case with surgical lasers.
The pure light of a low level laser causes photochemical reactions in the cells. Laser light photons are absorbed by antenna pigments (chromophores) within the cells. This increases production of cellular energy or adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which leads to normalization of cell function, pain relief and healing. The effect of Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is especially striking in areas of the body where cells are under stress, such as in joints.Since joints (bone and cartilage) do not have the blood supply that muscles do, they are especially receptive to the increased cellular activity that LLLT causes.
How is LLLT Performed?
In one of our comfortable exam rooms, the patient is positioned either on the exam table or in a chair to allow work on the effected body area.A medical professional moves the LLLT “wand” over the effected area, in contact with the skin.The wand moves over the skin for several minutes, allowing the laser light to penetrate below the skin to the joint.That completes the procedure.It may take several LLLT procedures over the course of several days to achieve the desired outcome.
Potential Side Effects or Complications of LLLT
There are virtually no side effects nor complications associated with LLLT.
If you continue to suffer with chronic pain and would like to explore if cold laser therapy is an appropriate treatment option, contact Dr. Lox for an appointment at 727-462-5582 . Since 1990, Dennis M. Lox, M.D has applied his personal interests in sports medicine, cutting-edge regenerative medicine and chronic pain management to helping patients increase their quality of life.
Dennis M. Lox, MD, and the Florida Spine Center serve patients within the greater Tampa Bay area, including Clearwater, Tampa and St. Petersburg, as well as all of Florida and the US.
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