Sports injuries are no more a pathology specific to top athletes. As larger part of population is interested in living a healthy lifestyle, the number of sport injuries increases every year. Sport pathologies include muscle strains, sprains, ruptures and tears all over the body. A study reports excellent results in symptomatological regression with disappearance or reduction of any functional deficit in 294 people treated with High Intensity Laser.
Trigger point, sensitive spot in the muscle, is a very common indication in patients. As simple as they may seem, they can be the direct cause of pain, complicate injuries or mimic practically any pain but the trigger point one. The High Intensity Laser is a fast, lasting and painless solution. The photomechanical effect of the High Intensity Laser relieves pain and the thermic effect causes relaxation of thetrigger points.
A sprained shoulder is caused by a force on the arm which stretches the shoulder ligaments. The result can be overstretching or tearing of the shoulder ligaments or capsule. The biostimulation characteristic of the High Intensity Laser is responsible for fast healing. High Intensity Laser stimulates the tissue to faster oxygen exchange in the mitochondria and consequently increased production of ATP – the body’s source of energy. When the High Intensity Laser treatment is applied, full motion of the shoulder is restored significantly faster than with conservative treatment.
Ankle sprain – one of the most common injuries. Whether one sprained their ankle due to a sudden jolt, twisted it or overstretched it, the consequences are pain and swelling. The common treatment options include rest, icepacks and post-treatment exercise in order to increase strength and mobility. High Intensity Laser treatment shortens the rest phase, relieves pain and prevents the edema to reach chronic phase. High Intensity Laser treats inflammation by decreasing the concentration of proinflammatory mediators in the area.
Majority of people presenting with low-back pain have problems with discs in the painful area. Conservative treatment options include behavioral therapies, lumbar support and physical therapy which are financially challenging. High Intensity Laser offers fast pain relief and solution to herniated disc and even in severe cases (receiving 40 treatments) is significantly cheaper than conservative therapeutic solutions. Therapy by High Intensity Laser has proven effective, time-saving and cost-effective.
Cervical pain is one of very common types of pain that can be caused by various disorders not necessarily in the cervical region, but e.g. radiating from the shoulder. High Intensity Laser features deep penetration which can get through the skin all the way to the source of pain whether it’s vertebrae, deep lying trigger point or ligament. It relieves pain through blocking free nerve endings, increasing blood perfusion of the treated area and speeding up metabolism. All effects of High Intensity Laser combined, lead to immediate pain relief and faster healing.
Low Back Pain
Low back pain (LBP) is one of the most common types of pain among today’s population. It is related to disability and work absence, accounting for high economic costs in Western world the more when acute phase becomes chronic. Non-invasive, painless and easily administered High Intensity Laser treatment can be provided for a wide range of conditions causing LBP. At the same time it is a safe, proven and effective therapy that actually helps.
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Degenerative Knee Arthritis
Degenerative knee arthritis is another indication successfully treated by the High Intensity Laser. It has been reported that High Intensity Laser treatment decreases pain in patients by up to 63%, reduces inflammation and rapidly induces the deep tissue photochemical and photothermic effects that increase blood flow, vascular permeability and cell metabolism.
Muscle strain and pain related to it can refer to strain, pull or even tear of the muscle or its attaching tendons. The High Intensity Laser treats the muscle through a thermic effect and at the same time by triggering photomechanical processes on the cellular level, which cause synthesis of extracellular agents, endothelial cells and regeneration of the muscle and connective tissue cells. The High Intensity Laser shortens the rest phase and returns the patient to their daily routine or sports earlier than when applying conservative methods.
Analgesic effect of the High Intensity Laser is promoted mainly when using the pulsed mode. The High Intensity Laser can deliver very short pulses at a very high repetition rate. With this setting it has the ability to create actual pressure. The pressure waves are carried through the tissue where they stimulate free nerve endings. Based on the gate control mechanism of pain, mechanical stimulation of free nerve endings leads to their inhibition and hence pain relief. Analgesic effect of the High Intensity Laser is instantaneous and long-lasting.