What is laser therapy? Laser therapy is a medical treatment that uses a strong beam of focused light. This light can be targeted at specific areas and tuned to specific wavelengths. The word LASER is an acronym for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation. Cold laser therapy uses a laser that is set at a lower intensity of focused light. For soft tissue injury treatment, cold laser therapy targets injured areas with this low level to accelerate tissue repair and cell growth. As a result of exposure to this focused low-level laser light, the cells of injured tendons, ligaments, nerves, and muscles are repaired faster.
During your visit at Shephard Health, you will consult with Dr. Shephard and his team. They will perform a complete health history and examination of the injury in question. They will come up with a specific and unique treatment plan to pursue to obtain the best and fastest results possible. In addition, Dr. Shephard will provide you with possible rehabilitation exercises, diet recommendations, other treatment modalities and at home practices for you to speed up your healing. During a Cold laser treatment at Shephard Health, you may feel nothing at all or the sensation of warmth at the targeted area. Patients with acute injuries may experience relief before they leave the clinic, with maximum benefits being experienced 6 - 8 hours after. Patients with chronic injuries may take up to four treatments before any difference is felt.
Accelerated healing is achieved by increasing the energy production of injured cells. Cold Laser Therapy increases the biochemical energy at the injured site and stimulates the following healing by:
- increasing oxygenated blood supply to healing tissue
- increasing collagen production that enhances the elasticity of tissue
- increasing regeneration of damaged muscle tissue
- accelerating bone injury repair
- increasing cartilage formation to return to healthy joint function
- increasing nerve regeneration reducing edema and inflammation
- Neck, upper back, and low back pain
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Repetitive motions injuries
- Hip and knee pain
- Golfers elbow and tennis elbow
- Sprains and strains
- Achilles injuries
- Foot and heel pain
- Sports injuries
- Herniated discs
- Bone fractures
- Soft tissue tears
- Nerve injury
- Post-surgical recovery
- Wound healing
- Post-concussion syndrome
When an injury occurs, the body sets in motion many actions to protect it. These actions include pain, weakness, inflammation, decreased range of motion, and the creation of scar tissue. Often this process of protection can create a stalling of the healing process, thereby promoting a chronic condition. Cold laser therapy targets the
continuation of these actions that get in the way of healing. Cold laser therapy is a treatment that can potentially provide pain relief and injury repair for patients seeking treatment without the use of invasive surgery or drugs.
At Shephard Health, you will receive the most advanced laser technology available, along with Dr. Shephard’s over 20 years of experience and skill. Dr. Shephard researched and discovered a place for laser therapy in his practice over 20 years ago. Since then, he has treated thousands of patients successfully. With his skill and expertise, he has been able to help his patients ranging from those suffering from pain due to everyday activities to sports injuries suffered by elite professional athletes.