When you want a gentle, noninvasive treatment for joint or muscle pain, consider cold laser therapy at Reno Regenerative Medicine. Cold laser therapy provides light energy to stimulate cellular processes that relieve pain and inflammation without discomfort or other invasive procedures. Available to patients in the Reno, Nevada, area, cold laser therapy from the team at Reno Regenerative Medicine may be the solution you’ve been looking for. Book a consultation online or by phone today to get started with cold laser therapy.
Cold laser therapy — also called low-level laser therapy — is a type of laser used to reduce pain and inflammation in injured joints and soft tissues. There are two primary classes of lasers, cold lasers and hot lasers, which perform different functions. Cold lasers don’t cut or irritate the skin and instead penetrate the skin to provide light energy to tissues down to a couple of centimeters below the skin’s surface. Hot lasers cut through skin and tissues and are used for some types of surgeries.
Cold laser energy is emitted by a small hand-held device that’s pressed against your skin and pulses the laser light on and off. When the light is turned on, it penetrates through your skin to reach tissues where they attach to the bone or joint. These tissues contain photo-activated molecules that absorb the light energy and use it to perform different cellular functions.
Research has shown that these photo-activated molecules signal your cells to reduce inflammation, swelling, and pain sensations. Cold laser therapy can be used alongside chiropractic care and different forms of regenerative medicine for a painless and noninvasive complementary treatment.
Cold laser therapy is most often recommended for localized joint and soft tissue pain conditions, such as:
In most cases, cold laser therapy is safe for all patients. It’s not recommended if you’ve had joint replacement surgery or are pregnant since the laser energy may adversely affect the joint replacement equipment or your growing baby.
Most patients report little to no sensation when cold laser therapy is performed. It’s possible to notice a mild warming sensation when the laser is turned on, though the sensation is brief since the laser pulses on and off every few seconds.
It’s important to note that you need to wear protective eyeglasses, which your provider gives you before treatment. These eyeglasses protect your eyes from the laser light to avoid irritation and redness in your eyes.
To find out if cold laser therapy can help you, call Reno Regenerative Medicine or schedule a consultation online now.