Still have questions?
- How quickly will I feel a benefit?
Usually, 3-4 treatments will begin to make you feel better, though some patients do report experiencing less pain after their first treatment. Every individual’s condition is different (even in mild ways) you will realize within a few sessions if LLLT is going to be beneficial for you, that is, you will not have to wait for months to notice the effectiveness of this treatment.
- Do I need a referral for this treatment and can I let my GP know what is happening?
No, you do not need a referral from a GP as this treatment is given in general practice. If you wish to inform your general practitioner that you are having laser therapy, a letter will be written to her/him at the beginning of the course of treatment and your progress will be informed to him/her.
- Will I have to stop all my medicines?
You may continue your pain medication while your treatment is going on. You may slowly reduce your pain medication as your treatment advances. Prednisone may decelerate your response to treatment but this often cannot be stopped.
- How many treatments will I require?
On an average 6 to 8 treatments are required. The severity and the expanse of pain will decide the number of treatments. Avoiding the factors that can make the worsen the pain and resting the area will help speed up the treatment.
The more rapidly your pain improves the fewer the treatments needed and the greater the time between treatments.
- What happens during the treatment?
You will be made to sit or lie comfortably during treatment. The laser machine will make no sound when it is on but will make a “beep” every second that it is switched off at the probe.
Areas that are treated are tender areas around the site of pain. These areas are located by the examination of the painful area during each treatment. The laser probe is applied to the skin over tender areas which are treated for an approximate duration of 30 seconds/point.
- What happens during the treatment?
Low–Level laser functions like a local anaesthetic and reduces the pain signals going to the brain. After a number of treatments, the nerves in the area that is affected become less irritable and the pain reduces. By blocking the pain over a period of time muscles in the area that is affected become more relaxed and tissues heal. With reduced pain, you can become more active and natural healing progresses.
- How long does a session take and how often do I need it?
The studies suggest a dosage period longer than 20-30 minutes provides no added benefit to the affected area. Of course, the duration of the dosage depends upon the size of the area to be treated e.g. a lower back will take longer to treat as compared to a wrist.
During the initial week, treatment is given 1-2 times (for 2-3 weeks) based on the severity of the condition and the area that requires treatment. The longer the pain has been present and the more severe the pain the more often treatment may be required to give.
- Does LLLT hurt and are there any side-effects?
Most patients experience no problems with the treatment. A few patients may feel tired, nauseated, or dizzy for a few hours after the treatment or may experience some worsening of pain for a day or so following the treatment. This usually goes away without the need for medication.
Before and after each treatment we ask you to drink a glass of water as this will help minimize side effects.
LLLT is non-invasive and is not hurtful. As the name suggests, Low-Level Laser Therapy makes use of low strength lasers and LEDs (that is, low as compared to surgical lasers etc.). As such, the light being emitted does not produce heat and most patients report little to no sensation during treatment.
In more than 30 years of research that is evidence-based, there have been no reported side-effects from LLLT that are lasting.
- What is Low Level Laser Therapy aka ‘cold laser’ and what can it treat?
Low-level laser therapy or “cold laser” is the use of laser/light to reduce pain and promote the healing of tissue.
LLLT can be used to treat a large variety of medical indications including:
Neck and back pain
Carpal Tunnel and RSI
Rotator Cuff injury
Leg, foot, and joint pain
Neuralgia (including Trigeminal)