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I am often asked about the use of alternative medicine and treatment methods for soft tissue injuries.   Patients may struggle to get back to their normal daily activities or sports in a short period of time after an injury.   Several medications, herbal supplements, and treatment methods out there claim to increase the healing rate of your body, including low level laser therapy.  Today, we will discuss LLLT more in depth.

Low level laser was approved by the FDA in 2002.  It is an application of non-thermal light to an injured area in order to stimulate changes at the cellular level.  The absorption of light energy by the tissue is thought to improve muscle and bone repair, reduce pain, and decrease inflammation.  It does this without heating up the tissue.

Because of its mechanism, LLLT may have the best effect on chronic pain and soft tissue injuries such as rotator cuff tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, or long term muscle pain (trigger points).  Treatment should last 5-10 minutes and has minimal side effects.  Laser may not be indicated for all patients such as those that are pregnant or going through active cancer treatments.

The research on the use of laser for treatment of injury is still inconclusive, which is why it is not covered by most health insurances. While alternative treatment methods may claim to heal injuries in a fast and efficient time period, the best results tend to be when they are included in a comprehensive treatment plan put together by your physical therapist.

Call us today if you are experiencing chronic pain from a particular injury because we can help.  We have two offices conveniently located in Pelham (914-738-1748) and White Plains, NY (914-610-3881).

Kevin Trexler, DPT