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Frequently Asked Questions
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.
Q: How Long has Laser Therapy been utilized?
Laser therapy has been used in Europe for over 30 years.
Q: Are there any safety risks associated with Class IV laser therapy?
The Class IV high powered Laser gained FDA market clearance in March 2005 and is extremely safe provided it is applied by a Laser certified and properly trained professional. However it is not used over the eyes due to the sensitivity of the retina; therefore all patients must wear protective safety glasses during the treatment.
Q: Does Laser Therapy cause pain or other sensations?
Laser Therapy should not cause pain, but sometimes, a patient may sense a faint, warming, or tingle during laser therapy. Locations that are tender or irritated could be slightly more noticeable before the discomfort begins to subside due to the treatment.
Q: What all can Laser Therapy help with?
Tendinopathies, Carpal tunnel syndrome, Myofascial Trigger Points, Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow), Ligament Sprains, Muscle Strains, Repetitive stress injuries, Chondromalacia Patellae, Plantar Fasciitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Shoulder, Back & Knee Pain, Herpes Zoster (Shingles), Post-Traumatic Injury, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Fibromyalgia, Diabetic Neuropathy, Venous Ulcers, Diabetic Foot Ulcers, Burns, Deep Edema, Congestion, Sports Injuries, Auto & Work Related Injuries.
Q: How many laser sessions are necessary and how long does a session take?
Individualism of the ailment or injury determines the number and frequency of the Laser Sessions. For acute and less difficult conditions, one to six sessions may be all that is needed. More lasting and difficult ailments may need ten, fifteen, or even more laser sessions. Severe chronic ailments like arthritis may stipulate continuous recurrent visits.
Q: How long before the results are felt?
You usually feel improvement in your condition within minutes after the very first treatment. Sometimes you may not feel major improvement for a number of treatments, however this does not mean that nothing is happening. Each treatment is cumulative and results are often felt after 3 or 4 sessions.
Q: Do you use a "cold" laser?
No. Most laser therapy devices are class III lasers or “cold/LLLT” lasers. Their power ranges from 5 milliwatts to 500 milliwatts. Madison Laser Therapy uses the Laser, a Class IV high-powered therapeutic laser that can deliver up to 10 Watts (10,000 milliwatts). However the Laser power is adjustable from 500 milliwatts to 10 Watts allowing for a wide range of treatment protocols. This higher power means better tissue penetration with the class IV laser system and is not attainable with cold laser devices.
Q: Can Laser Therapy be used with other treatments?
Laser Therapy many times is combined with different types of therapies like physical therapy, adjustments (chiropractor), massage therapy, mobilization of soft tissue, electrotherapy after operations, or even with other alternative medicine practices.
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