SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE FOR MEDICAL LASER THERAPY
The use of laser in therapy and healing has been in existence for more than 50 years. Research is quickly progressing in identifying conditions that can be treated and in therapy laser technology.
"Pros of Cold Laser Therapy for Knee Pain
Cold laser therapy has been shown to relieve mild to moderate OA knee pain, as well as improve sensitivity to pressure and joint flexibility.
Cold laser therapy may also:
Open up blood vessels to ease swelling
Help your immune system create more chemicals that heal tissue
Build more connective tissue in your knee
Trigger endorphins, natural hormones that ease pain
Nondrug alternative. Cold laser therapy is a drug-free alternative to opioids for knee pain. Opioids can be highly addictive when used for chronic pain, and they can cause side effects like constipation, nausea, or drowsiness.
Noninvasive. Cold laser therapy doesn’t cut into your skin to treat knee pain, so it isn’t invasive like surgery.
Few side effects. Cold laser therapy for knee pain has no side effects.
Cons of Cold Laser Therapy for Knee Pain
Results from cold laser therapy may vary, depending on the cause of your knee pain, any other health conditions you have, or the exact laser treatment or device used. There’s no standard cold laser therapy dose or approach, so results can vary.
Some doctors are skeptical about cold laser therapy and may not recommend it. In the past, it wasn’t clear how light changes damaged tissues. Many doctors felt cold laser therapy was a sham. As new research proves that it does relieve pain, more doctors are in favor of it.
Setup has to be exact. For cold laser therapy to be work, your doctor or technician must adjust the light dose, intensity, frequency, position, and length of treatment. If any of these is off, it may not work at all.
Over-the-counter options may not work. Although you can buy a laser device online to use at home, it isn’t a good idea. The tool may be safe, but you need to be trained to use it correctly or it won’t ease your pain.
Cost. Cold laser therapy could drain your wallet. One treatment session could cost up to $200. You might need up to 30 sessions to get the full benefits. Some insurance policies may not cover cold laser therapy."
At Montana Laser and Medical Center, we know exactly how to set up our state-of-the-art lasers to benefit your condition, using settings and techniques from Laser Therapy Institute. We have answered the questions of dose, intensity, wavelength, and time to ensure fastest possible results. We also accept insurance to help with the out of pocket cost, and have money-saving discounts available as well.
Many published studies refer to laser therapy using the technical term photobiomodulation, or PBM. Other studies refer to the use of laser as Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), cold laser, or High-Intensity Laser Therapy (HILT). Some studies are performed with isolated live tissue samples, some use animals, and some are performed on human subjects.
In the following sample list, there are links to the actual studies, as well as a brief description of the findings. There are hundreds more studies not listed here. This page and its content should not be interpreted as claims for curing, treating, diagnosing, vaccinating, or testing for any condition.