Laser therapy is the use of specific wavelengths of light to create therapeutic benefits. This type of therapy has been widely used in Europe by physical therapists, nurses and doctors since the 1970’s. With FDA clearance in 2002, it is now being used extensively in the United States as well. There are thousands of published studies demonstrating the clinical effectiveness of laser therapy.
During a laser treatment light interacts with tissue at a cellular level, increasing the metabolic activity within the cells. This leads to a cascade of beneficial effects that increase cellular function and health. These effects are seen clinically as improved healing time, pain reduction, increased circulation, and decreased swelling.
Laser therapy has many different applications and is often used in conjunction with other treatments. Some examples that may be helped with laser treatment include:
- Post-operative treatment – as adjunctive to pain control as well as to improve healing
- Wound management – both acute and chronic
- Dental extractions