Cold Laser Treatments for Relieving Knee Pain

Published: 16th December 2011
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Cold laser therapy has been used for decades for the treatment of knee pain and swelling. In the United States the first cold laser was FDA Cleared in 2001. There have been hundreds of studies performed on the effectiveness of cold laser treatments for relieving chronic knee pain. Cold laser therapy is a non-surgical, painless treatment option for those searching for alternatives to pain medications, knee injections, and knee surgery.

Which Types of Knee Conditions Do Cold Lasers Help Treat?

A cold laser is a non-surgical treatment tool used by a licensed physician to help relieve knee pain caused from a knee injury, degeneration, arthritis, baker's cysts, meniscus tears, bursitis, tendonitis, and chondromalacia patella. Individuals who suffer from chronic knee pain can benefit tremendously from treatments. Cold laser therapy is unique in that it enables patients to experience knee pain relief without knee surgery, medications or knee injections. Unlike pain medications and knee injections cold laser therapy treatments are considered non-invasive and do not cause any harmful side effects. Moreover, cold laser therapy treatments are completely painless.

What Other Conditions Are Treated With Cold Laser Therapy?

In addition to relieving knee pain and inflammation cold laser therapy can be used by physicians for treating a myriad of other musculoskeletal conditions. Cold laser treatments have also proven to be effective for neck pain, shoulder pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, back pain and arthritis pain. Researchers are also investigating the possibilities of cold lasers being used to heal broken bones more quickly, to help regenerate the nerves in injured spinal cords and to help regenerate new skin in burn victims.

How Does Cold Laser Therapy Work?

Cold laser therapy treatments work by using highly focused, specific wavelengths of light to target the area of injury. The light penetrates deeply into the tissue in the form of non-thermal light photons. This light helps stimulate and excite the damaged and injured cells' mitochondria. By exciting the mitochondria the metabolic rate of the cell improves thereby healing and repairing the tissue at a faster rate. In addition, to relieving knee pain, cold laser treatments have also been shown to improve tissue growth, cell communication, and cell nutrition. As a result of cellular excitation, cold lasers also accelerate lymphatic activity which ultimately helps reduce edema or swelling in and around the knee joint. Additionally, the therapy aids in achieving an increase in blood flow and in the formation of new capillaries in and around the knee joint.

How Many Cold Laser Therapy Knee Treatments Does it Take to Experience Relief?

The exact number of treatments depends on the duration and severity of the pain. In addition, an examination, an x-ray or MRI evaluation of the knee joint must be performed and taken into account in order to help determine an accurate treatment plan. The good news is that cold laser therapy effects are cumulative and improve with each treatment. It usually takes a series of 8 to 30 treatments for knee pain sufferers to get the most beneficial results; however, in many acute cases the relief can be immediate. Moreover, it is important to continue the treatments until the doctor has indicated that the therapy is complete.

Contraindications to Cold Laser Therapy...

While the FDA has classified cold lasers as "non-significant risk" devices, the treatments are not appropriate for individuals who are pregnant, or who observe the presence of potentially cancerous skin lesions near the site of the knee injury. Cold laser therapy is also contraindicated for individuals who take medications that result in photosensitivity.

The Most Important Step...Choosing The Right Cold Laser Knee Doctor...

Finally, choosing the right cold laser knee doctor that specializes in cold laser therapy for knee pain is as important as the treatment itself. Any health care professional with a license can own a cold laser, but in order to get the best results find a doctor who only treats the knee joint and who has devoted their practice to using cold laser therapy. If you choose wisely, you have a greater chance of achieving knee pain relief and ultimately avoiding knee surgery.


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Dr. Alexandra K, Schnee, D.C. a cold laser Dallas chiropractor, practices in Irving, Texas. She has over 10 years experience in the field of cold laser therapy for knee pain relief. If you live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and would like to find out about Dr. Schnee's Cold Laser Knee Program order your FREE report today at http://www.HelpMyKneePain.com

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