High Intensity Laser Therapy

Laser therapy is a non-invasive, painless procedure. The laser treatment stimulates the healing process in the body. Laser Therapy has been widely utilized in Europe by physical therapists, nurses and doctors as far back as the 1970’s. Now, after FDA clearance in 2002, Laser Therapy is being used extensively in the United States.

Patient Benefits of Laser Therapy: Laser Therapy is proven to biostimulate tissue repair and growth factors. The Laser accelerates healing and decreases pain. Class IV Laser Therapy can provide dramatic results.

Here is a google doc with pubmed abstracts and links.

We have 2 brands of High Intensity Lasers(Class IV Lasers). A K-Laser and an MLS laser.

Here is an example: In this paper from the American Journal of Sports Medicine. Laser + the standard care shaved 8 weeks off the standard 12 week protocol for Achilles tendinopathy.


What does it cost?

$50/session. Some insurance is starting to cover this. UHC/UMR and some medicare supplement plans. You can call your insurance company to verify this procedure. The procedure code is 97039.

How many sessions are typically needed?

It depends on the condition. Most of the published studies require 9-12 sessions for chronic conditions.

What conditions can laser therapy help?

Most common conditions include:
*Chronic neck or back pain
*Knee, hip and shoulder arthritis
*Tendinitis/Tendinopathy/Tendon Pain(tennis elbow, Achilles tendon,hamstring tendon, patellar tendon)

Other less common conditions that we have had success with:
*Fracture healing/non-union fractures and stress fractures

How does laser therapy work?

It speeds metabolism and reduces pain. HERE is a paper with all the details.


How do I schedule?

The easiest way to schedule is with the online scheduling system here. Book as a new patient with Alex Tapplin.

For other options, click the scheduling tab above.

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