Fairfield County Foot Surgeons is proud to be on the medical technological forefront by offering Class IV Laser Therapy. We have invested in the very best
technology as a key component of our continuing quest to offer you the finest in health care.
Laser Therapy has been cleared by the FDA and proven successful as evidenced by extensive and credible studies conducted in our country's finest institutions
including Harvard University.
How Laser Therapy Works
Laser therapy uses specific wavelengths of light that have a strong anti-inflammatory, anti-edema effect on tissues that are exposed to the laser. Painful
conditions accompanied by swelling or inflammation benefit from this technology.Photons of laser energy penetrate deeply into tissue and accelerate
cellular reproduction and growth. As a result of exposure to the laser, the cells of tendons, ligaments and muscles repair themselves faster.
As inflammation is reduced, pain subsides very quickly. In simple terms, laser energy kick-starts the healing process, thereby speeding recovery.Unlike
some pharmacological solutions, there are no known negative side effects. Laser therapy is cleared by the FDA and is safe and effective.
The Benefits of Laser Therapy
- Anti-Inflammation: Laser therapy has an anti-edema effect as it causes vasodilation, but also because it activates the lymphatic
drainage system which drains swollen areas. As a result, there is a reduction in swelling caused by bruising or inflammation.
- Anti-Pain (Analgesic): Laser therapy has a beneficial effect on nerve cells. It blocks pain transmitted by these cells to
the brain which decreases nerve sensitivity. Also, due to less inflammation, there is less edema and less pain. Another pain blocking mechanism
involves the production of high levels of pain killing chemicals such as endorphins and enkephalin from the brain and adrenal gland.
- Accelerated Tissue Repair and Cell Growth: Photons of light from lasers penetrate deeply into tissue and accelerate cellular
reproduction and growth. The laser light increases the energy available to the cell so that the cell can take on nutrients faster and get
rid of waste products. As a result of exposure to laser light, damaged cells are repaired faster.
- Improved Vascular Activity: Laser light will significantly increase the formation of new capillaries in damaged tissue which
speeds up the healing process, closes wounds quickly and reduces scar tissue. Additional benefits include acceleration of angiogenesis,
which causes temporary vasodilation and increase in the diameter of blood vessels.
Increases Metabolic Activity: Laser therapy creates higher outputs of specific enzymes, greater oxygen and food particle
loads for blood cells.
- Trigger Points and Acupuncture Points: Laser therapy stimulates muscle trigger points and acupuncture points on a non-invasive
basis providing musculoskeletal pain relief.
- Reduced Fibrous Tissue Formation: Laser therapy reduces the formation of scar tissue following tissue damage from cuts, scratches,
burns or surgery.
- Improved Nerve Function: Slow recovery of nerve functions in damaged tissue can result in numbness and impaired limbs. Laser
light will speed up the process of nerve cell reconnection and increase the amplitude of action potentials to optimize muscle healing.
- Immunoregulation: Laser light has a direct effect on immunity status by stimulating immunoglobulins and lymphocytes. Laser
emissions are absorbed by chromophores (molecule enzymes) that react to laser light. Upon exposure to the laser, the enzyme flavomononucleotide
is activated and starts the production of ATP (adenosine-triphosphate), which is the major carrier of cell energy and the energy source
for all chemical reactions in the cells.
- Faster Wound Healing: Laser light stimulates fibroblast development in damaged tissue. Fibroblasts are the building blocks
of collagen, which is the essential protein required to replace old tissue or to repair tissue injuries. As a result, laser therapy is
effective post surgically and in the treatment of open wounds and burns.
Laser Therapy is painless.
Most patients report no sensation at all while receiving laser therapy. Treatments average 8 minutes. Laser therapy is fast-acting; many patients in high
levels of acute pain experience relief after the first or second treatment.
Over 90% of patients experience positive results after the 3rd treatment, with the average course of treatment being 7 to 10 sessions. In many cases, by
the 3rd or 4th treatment, swelling is greatly reduced and there is a rapid relief of pain. The effects of laser therapy are cumulative; therefore,
expect to see improvement as you proceed through your treatment plan. Chronic conditions can be controlled with regular treatments. Acute conditions
usually subside quickly, typically within one phase of treatments. It is critical that once you start, you complete the course of treatments
recommended by your doctor or symptoms are likely to reoccur. Laser Therapy effectively treats:
- Tendon and ligament injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Muscle strains and tears
- Sore muscles and joints
- Degenerative joint conditions
- Neurological pain
- Chronic non-healing wounds
- General pain
- Musculoskeletal disorders
- Pre and post-surgical treatment
- Anti-inflammation applications
- Specific neurological conditions