You must have wondered how do physiotherapists use LASER to treat various musculoskeletal conditions? Laser is a non-invasive light source treatment that is believed to accelerate connective tissue repair and act as an anti-inflammatory agent. Lasers with different wavelengths, varying from 632 to 904 nm, are used in the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders.
Wavelengths between 660 nm and 905 nm have the ability to penetrate skin, and soft/hard tissues. This light have a good effect on pain, inflammation and tissue repair.
Some effects of laser:1. Pain Relief2. Anti-inflammatory/Healing: LASER accelerates the repair processes of the white blood cells. Also, some molecules that increase inflammation are reduced, and beneficial antioxidants are increased.3. Accelerated Tissue Repair and Cell Growth4. Improved Vascular Activity: “Laser light increases the formation of new capillaries in damaged tissue, which speeds up the healing process, and closes wounds quickly.”5. Extinguishing trigger and acupuncture points without the discomfort associated with needling6. Reduced Fibrous Tissue 7. Faster Wound Healing8. Stem Cell Activation also enhances healing.
• Osteoarthritis of the knee, hip and ankle• Rheumatoid arthritis• Shoulder impingement syndromes• Hip or shoulder bursitis• Low back disc degeneration• Disc herniation• Sciatica• Neuropathic pain• Tendonitis• Tennis elbow• Plantar fasciitis• Reduction of volume and pain in lymphedema.