Try a low level laser for aches and pains
Are you experiencing aches and pains in your muscles or joints that keeps you from participating in activities? Have you tried exercises on your own without success? If your answers are yes, you may be appropriate to receive a treatment called low level laser therapy. This is a common modality that is being used in physical therapy clinics to address a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions including but not limited to arthritis, sprains, strains, tendonitis and back pain.
So how does this work for pain relief? It is essentially a phototherapy that uses a light source to penetrate into damaged tissues stimulating the cells in order to accelerate repair and reduce the inflammatory response that occurs with pain. This process hastens the healing time of the damaged tissue. Research has demonstrated that low level laser combined with exercises is more beneficial than exercise alone for certain types of musculoskeletal conditions.
What does this mean for you? This may help you to get back into doing the activities you enjoy. If you are experiencing aches and pains you can follow up with your doctor for a referral to a physical therapy clinic with a low level laser. A physical therapist will be able to thoroughly evaluate you to determine if you may be appropriate to receive low level laser therapy and get you back on your feet.
About the Author
Dr. Erin Bertani specializes in orthopedic rehabilitation and sports medicine. She has over 8 years of orthopedic experience and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist. Erin focuses on functional rehabilitation incorporating a variety of therapeutic exercises and manual therapies with the goal of returning patients to their active and independent lifestyles.