How Low Level Light Therapy Works to Relieve Pain

Sometimes referred to as cold laser therapy, low level light therapy (LLLT) is a treatment that’s used to reduce inflammation, stimulate healing, and relieve pain.

Light and less pain

When you have an LLLT treatment, our provider here at Revive Medical places a device against your skin, and that’s all you’ll feel. There’s no heat, vibration, sound, or other indication that anything is happening.

The device emits red and near-infrared light, which penetrates your skin, reaching deep into your tissues, targeting damaged and inflamed cells. The light has a regenerative effect on the cells.

LLLT has many uses

LLLT has been used to treat minor injuries such as sprains, and it’s being studied as a potential treatment for traumatic brain injuries. It reduces inflammation, promotes healing in chronic wounds, relieves chronic pain, and calms muscle spasms.

Here are a few of the conditions LLLT is routinely used to treat:

LLLT can also help relieve  the discomfort of sports overuse injuries, such as tennis elbow.

It’s being studied in numerous other contexts, as well. In addition to traumatic brain injuries, scientists are investigating LLLT for use in treating Alzheimer’s disease, spinal cord injuries, and Parkinson’s disease.

LLLT is risk free

There are virtually no risks to having LLLT. It’s completely noninvasive, as it doesn’t even involve a needle stick. Since no chemical substances are being introduced into your body, there’s little chance you’ll have any kind of adverse reaction at all.

You don’t need to do anything special to prepare for LLLT treatments, and you won’t need any recovery time, medications, or other accommodations following your treatment.

Low-level light therapy should be administered by a qualified medical professional, such as our experts, and there are a few instances when LLLT is inappropriate. It shouldn’t be used on cancerous lesions, and both your thyroid gland and your eyes should be avoided.  And there aren’t any studies investigating the safety of LLLT for children or pregnant women, so this is not a treatment recommended for those populations.

Individualized treatments

You may need several treatments before you can feel the effects of LLLT treatments, and there’s no way to predict how many you’ll need. Your provider at Revive Medical suggests a treatment plan tailored specifically for you and your unique circumstances.

Your specific condition, medical history, and health goals are important elements that we consider in designing a treatment plan for you. You may benefit from combining LLLT with some other treatment method, such as physical therapy.

The potential benefits of LLLT include less pain, better healing, and a drug-free approach to treating your pain. If you’re ready to learn more, book your appointment at one of our offices in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, or San Diego, California. You can use our convenient online scheduling tool or give us a call.

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