Medical Laser Therapy

Questions & Answers

What is Medical Laser Therapy?


Laser therapies use a non-burning, focused laser light beam to penetrate deep into tissue and stimulate healing.

 

How does a medical laser help the body to heal?
Scientists have discovered that the mitochondria, which are the power house for the cells of your body, are very responsive to laser light.In the presence of the laser, the mitochondria, activates, turns toward the laser and their energy increases. It is that increase in energy that provides the healing to injured joints and tissues.

 

How does increasing cellular energy help healing?
When a tissue is congested and tight, the circulation becomes poor and the area congests. Low circulation causes low tissue oxygen levels at the cellular level. Metabolic waste products and lactic acid build-up and further slow and breakdown the cell’s function. By stimulating the mitochondria with laser therapy, the energy and circulation of the cell is increased, fibrous tissue bonds and adhesions are broken down and the body can then heal itself.

 

Dr. Young, you have all kinds of therapies that other doctors do not have, like ultrasound, galvanic muscle stimulation, TENS, nutrition, and manouladon. Why do you feel that Laser Therapy is useful?
All of these therapies are good for various conditions. Combining them with laser therapy is why our results are so much better than ordinary chiropractic, medical, or physical therapy. The problem is that all of these therapies build up energy in the tissue where it may not be wanted. Ultrasound is limited to only certain applications because it produces heat at tissue interfaces. Muscle stimulation follows fascia planes and does not penetrate deep. Manipulation is always good but it will not activate the mitochondria. Nutrition has to be delivered by circulation in order to be used by the mitochondria. Therefore, a combination of manipulation, nutrition, and laser is very effective for many medical conditions.

 

Does insurance pay for Medical Laser treatments?
Some insurance companies do, but most consider the procedure is still experimental and do not pay. Our billing staff will check your coverage and let you know what is available for payment.

 

Are there medical articles published on the use of laser?
There are now thousands of articles on the benefits of laser from around the world. As this information has increased, Dr. Young elected to become trained and certified in Medical Laser use.

 

What are some conditions that can be better treated with laser verses using other modalities and therapies?

 

  • TMJ (jaw pains)

 

  • Planter facitis (bottom of the foot pain)

 

  • Epicondylitis (elbow muscle pain)

 

  • Neuralgia (burning, numb pain in the arms and legs)

 

  • Diabetic neuropathy

 

  • Wounds and ulcers (especially failure to heal ulcers)

 

  • Bone breaking (even failure to heal breaks)

 

  • Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (RSD)

 

  • Post surgical wound recovery

 

  • Edema

 

  • Eczema

 

  • Burns

 

  • Carpal Tunnel syndrome Deep scars

 

  • Cosmetic crows feet and wrinkles

 

  • Degenerated/Arthritis pain

 

 

How much does each treatment cost?
The cost per treatment is $35.00. If you have other medical or chiropractic services at the same time, that cost can be packaged together for a reduced amount.

 

Can even a cold, healing laser have side effects?
Yes. For each patient and for each condition the doctor will determine how many Joules of laser energy a patient will benefit from. The total Joules calculated is the patients total body look. If this is exceeded you may feel fatigue, upset, or nausea. If you feel this at any time during or after a treatment, you should report those symptoms on your next visit.

 

Are all lasers pretty much equal?
No, there area lot of cheap, ineffective knock offs, using cheap LED lights to simulate laser therapy. Dr. Young uses state of the art medical grade lasers in order to provide superior service and results.

 

How many treatments is reasonable to see improvement?
Many people see improvement and less pain after just a few treatments. Before beginning treatments I tell patients not to expect discernable results before 10 sessions. In many severe or chronic conditions, improvement maybe slow and difficult to discern until you look back and see the positive changes that laser therapy has made.

 

Is laser therapy FDA approved?
Yes, it is. The FDA has approved laser therapy as a medical tool to reduce pain in a variety of medical conditions.