High Power Laser Therapy
K-Laser Facts & Information
K-Laser, also known as High Power Laser Therapy, targets damaged tissue with specific wavelengths of light that have been found to interact with tissue and accelerate the healing process.
Much like photosynthesis in plants, light energy passes through the skin, into the cell membrane, initiating a process called photobiostimulation.This process enhances the body’s natural regenerative functions, as well as stimulating the release of endorphins and collagen. It may eventually even normalize damaged or injured tissue.
The result? Accelerated wound healing, as well as reduced pain, stiffness, swelling, and spasms. As the injured area returns to normal, function is restored, so patients may take their life back and resume their favorite hobbies and activities.
Condition Treated with K-Laser
High power laser therapy can stimulate all cell types, including soft tissue, ligaments, cartilage, and nerves. Some conditions that have been shown to respond well to K-Laser include:
Peripheral Neuropathy, Fibromyalgia
Back and Neck Pain
Arthritis pain, Degenerative Discs/Joints
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Tendinitis, Trigger Fingers
Bunion Pains, Plantar Fasciitis
Sprains and/or Strains
Bruises, Contusions, Burns
Headaches, TMJ, Sinus Trouble
Work-Related and Auto Injuries
What are the Expected Results?
Many patients report pain relief in as little as one treatment, and most are able to resume normal daily activities with no pain and restricted movement after their therapy is completed.
Treatments are administered by a technician, using a hand-held device the size of a flashlight. The laser is placed directly over the injured area for anywhere from 30 seconds to 9 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated and the treatment plan.
Most patients report a warm, relaxing sensation. They generally experience no side effects or recovery period.
THE GOAL IS HEALING, NOT MERELY SYMPTOM RELIEF
For too long, medicine has focused on symptom relief rather than true healing. K-Laser offers an alternative, and it’s a welcome change for athletes as well as patients interested in natural remedies.
Steve Donohue, Asst. Athletic Trainer of the N.Y. Yankees, reports, “We use the K-Laser both on acute and chronic conditions, such as bruises, contusions and tendinitis. We ice and then use the laser, and players seem to respond quicker. It’s a hot item in the training room. The guys line up for it!”
More than 1200 studies conducted over 40 years worldwide have shown the powerful therapeutic benefits of high power laser therapy.
Acute Pain: diminished more than 70%, chronic pain more than 60%
Chronic Low Back Pain: treatment effective in 71% of cases; pain eliminated completely in 45%
Wounds: 55% greater healing on day 8, as compared to the placebo group
Knee Injury: improved knee flexion and pressure sensitivity after every treatment
What is a Vertebroplasty?
Vertebroplasty is an innovative procedure that provides immediate pain relief in many cases by stabilizing and reinforcing fractured vertebrae. Guided by fluoroscopy (x-ray), the physician inserts a small needle into the damaged vertebrae and injects specially formulated bone cement. The cement hardens within 15 minutes, providing instant stability and pain relief by sealing the fracture.
How Long does the Procedure Take?
Vertebroplasty is safely performed on an outpatient basis. The procedure takes about one hour. Afterwards, there is a short period of observed recovery time.
What are the Expected Results?
Vertebroplasty has been delivering excellent outcomes since the early 1990s, achieving dramatic results in up to 90 percent of cases. Some patients experience immediate pain relief and most report that their pain is gone or significantly better within 48 hours. Typically, patients resume normal activity within 24 hours.Vertebroplasty resolves pain, stabilizes fractures, increases functional abilities, and reduces spinal deformity without surgery or prolonged recovery. By repairing the fracture, vertebroplasty promotes lasting pain relief.