How Does Laser Therapy Work?
Lasers are basically light energy that has been amplified and focused into a particular area. There are two different types of therapeutic lasers, hot and cold. Hot lasers are typically used during surgery while cold lasers are generally used to speed tissue healing. Cold lasers work by flooding the injured tissue with photons, which stimulate healing in damaged cells and increase circulation to the area. The body’s natural healing response relieves pain, improves function and reduces swelling without medication or surgery. Best of all, the therapeutic effect of cold laser therapy continues long after the treatment itself. For 18 to 24 hours after the laser is applied to the injured area, your body continues to benefit from the metabolic effect of your treatment.
What Can I Expect From Laser Therapy?
Your hand therapist will be able to identify areas for treatment and the length and number of treatments you may require. Once your treatment plan is set, your hand therapist will administer laser therapy as just one of your many therapy services. Treatments typically last five to ten minutes. As soon as the therapy begins, you will begin to feel a soothing warmth in the areas where the laser is applied. Most patients begin to see results in as few as three treatments while others report feeling better after a single session.
What Conditions can be Treated with Laser Therapy?
Laser therapy effectively treats hand and wrist pain, arthritis, bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, cubital tunnel syndrome, and trigger fingers. It can also be used to treat sports injuries, sprains, and strains, or other soft tissue injuries in the shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand. Anywhere there is pain or injury, laser therapy can help. However, it is important to note that laser therapy is most effective when combined with hand therapy. While this modality addresses pain, inflammation, and healing, it increases flexibility and mobility only when combined with therapeutic exercise, stretching, and other hand therapy services.
Contact Hand in Hand Rehabilitation in Manhattan & Carle Place, NY today to learn how laser therapy can help in your recovery.