Laser Therapy -Class IV Deep Tissue Laser

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.

What can it help with?
-I encourage you to do a search on pubmed. Search Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), High Intensity Laser Therapy (HILT) or cold laser therapy along with the condition or injury. The laser used at Valley Spine & Sport is the same brand used in the Yankee’s athletic training room. There was a good amount of research into which laser to choose. This was simply the best laser I could find for the variety of injuries and pain seen in this office. With numerous wavelengths required to treat different parts of the cell and stimulate different healing or pain relief cascades as well as powerful enough(Class IV vs IIIa or IIIb) to reach deeper structures.

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.

FAQ’s Answered:
*This is, like many of the other innovative regenerative medicine procedures, considered experimental and not covered by most insurance.
*It is affordable. $55/session. Of note, the national average is somewhere around $70 for this treatment.
*The standard protocol ranges from 6-12 visits. It’s best used in combination with the standard treatment and rehab.
*This is not a required modality as a part of your overall treatment plan. It can be used if your condition is not responding to appropriate conservative care or on the other end it can be used early in the treatment process to accelerate recovery.
* If you are specifically interested in laser therapy simply mention this during your initial appointment. You can book online here. If you have questions feel free to email contact@valleyspineandsport.com and Dr. Tapplin will personally respond.