Is Cold Laser Therapy Good for Arthritis?
Cold laser therapy is quickly gaining in popularity for treating the pain associated with injuries and arthritis. While “hot” lasers have been used in traditional medicine for some time, cold lasers are now becoming more popular as a more natural arthritis treatment for not only humans but even pets as well.
What is Cold Laser Therapy?
Cold laser therapy is a treatment option for those suffering from chronic pain. These lasers fall under the low-energy or class 4 laser category. These types of lasers do not have the same ability to cut through or damage tissue as surgical lasers do and can be handled by a variety of medical practitioners, including a Doctor of Chiropractic.
Cold laser therapy has been approved by the FDA to treat a myriad of conditions, including:
- Hand/wrist pain associated with Carpal Tunnel
- Neck pain
- Lower back pain
- Muscle stiffness associated with muscle spasms
- General muscle and joint pain
Is Cold Laser Therapy a Good Arthritis Treatment?
Of the many conditions that cold laser therapy has been approved to treat, it has been approved as an arthritis treatment. Many studies have been done on the effectiveness of this treatment method as an arthritis treatment, and in those studies, patients have noted a change for the good when it comes to overall muscle stiffness and a reduction in pain.
In fact, in one study, patients stated that cold laser therapy increased tip to palm flexibility by nearly 1.3 centimeters and reduced overall arthritis pain by nearly 70%.
Cold laser therapy works by penetrating the skin and targeting the specific area of pain. These lasers can penetrate within 2 to 5 centimeters below the skin, allowing the light to absorb and interact with the light-sensitive elements in the cell. It’s this process that is believed to initiate the patient’s healing abilities, resulting in less pain and an increase in range of motion.
Is Cold Laser Therapy for You?
If you are looking for an alternative arthritis treatment, then cold laser therapy could very well be for you.
If you’d like to learn more about cold laser therapy, contact our Shallotte office at (910)755-5400 or use our online appointment form to schedule a consultation.