Medical treatments designed to use focused light are considered laser therapies. The laser is a unique light source. It is light tuned to different wavelengths in a very specific way. Doing this makes it possible to focus light into a powerful beam. This makes it possible for light from a laser to be made intense enough to cut steel, shape diamonds and more. With medical treatments, lasers make it possible for surgeons to provide a high level of precision in their work. Lasers can focus on what is needed in a specific area with significantly less damage to surrounding tissue. Those who have laser therapy will experience much less pain as well as swelling and scarring when compared to traditional surgery.
Red Light Therapy (RLT)
This is a therapeutic technique designed to utilize red low-level wavelengths of light to treat many different types of medical issues associated with a person’s skin. A common use of RLT is with photosensitizing medications. In this situation, the RLT is often used as an activating agent for the medication given to an individual. RLT is believed to have the ability to produce a biochemical effect in cells. This effect has been shown to strengthen the mitochondria of cells. The mitochondria create a cell's energy. When used in a medical setting, RLT is often used to treat serious skin conditions such as slow-healing wounds, psoriasis and more. It has even been used as an effective treatment for the side effects associated with chemotherapy. RLT has also been used to promote tissue repair and speed up wound healing in many different situations. It has helped improve the function of an individual’s joints who is dealing with degenerative osteoarthritis. RLT has helped relieve the inflammation and pain in people who have problems with their Achilles tendons and more.
Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)
LLLT is designed to apply light-emitting diodes or low-level lasers to the surface on an individual's body. It has been successful at enhancing as well as stimulating cell function which has been shown to provide pain relief in many situations. It has been used successfully to treat chronic joint disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic and acute neck pain as well as osteoarthritis and more. In some cases, LLLT has been able to be an effective alternative to performing surgery or prescribing medication. LLLT can be used so a patient does not experience any of the side effects that result from taking medication or having surgery. There have been over 4,000 studies conducted on the use of LLLT. The majority of these studies have shown LLLT provides a positive result when being used to treat chronic as well as acute musculoskeletal pain. LLLT has a long history of scientific studies showing its success in pain management.
Benefits of Laser Therapy
It has been established that lasers are more precise than commonly used surgical instruments. The cuts into a person's skin by a laser are able to be made much more shallow and shorter. A surgeon who is skilled at using lasers can successfully perform very complex surgical tasks with them. Laser therapy results in significantly less damage to tissue and a significant reduction in blood loss. When lasers are used during an operation, a patient will require less time to heal compared to traditional surgery recovery times. The chances of developing an infection are significantly decreased. In many cases, surgeries can be performed on an outpatient basis. There is no need for someone to spend the night at a hospital. Laser surgery also results in much better wound healing when compared to traditional surgery. Laser surgery patients have less swelling and pain after their operation.
The first medical application for lasers was in 1962. The following year, it was used in a procedure involving the heart. The first clinical application of laser surgery was done in 1983. Since that time, the use of lasers has increased to include many different types of medical procedures. There are some surgeries involving the use of lasers that are cosmetic. This could involve the skin and other types of elective procedures. Laser surgery is also used in complicated medical procedures. A physician can determine if a patient is a good candidate for laser surgery. It will be based on a number of factors. They will include, the type of procedure, the patient’s age, their overall health and more.
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