Posted by Jenn F. on Wednesday, March 8th, 2017
Laser treatments are among the non-steroidal pain management options available at The Center For Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine. There are currently over 400 large randomized double-blind placebo-controlled human studies involving low-level laser treatments published worldwide. This is in addition to more than 4,000 scientific studies delving into the underlying mechanisms that make laser therapies so effective.
Generally, a low-intensity laser is applied to the injured tissue for a very short duration, at a frequency of several times per week for a few weeks. This process increases the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which the cells utilize to generate energy. The cells can harness this energy to bring about faster healing.
The cell membranes also become more permeable, which means waste products can travel out of the cell more effectively, while nutrition enters the cell with greater ease. A number of positive effects have been observed in patients, including reduced inflammation, decreases in nerve irritability and increased circulation. Across the entire body, it is not uncommon to see a boost in immune cell numbers, improved nerve function and increased production of endorphins, which serve as the body’s natural painkiller.
Continue reading to learn about four of the applications of laser therapy in our White Plains podiatry practice…