Searching for a treatment for lower back pain? Fed up with painkillers? We can help.
Back pain is a common health condition experienced by most people at some point in their lives. Often caused by inflammation, tension and injury to the joints, ligaments and muscles of the back, pain can range from mild, dull aches to severe, sharp pains.
Whether the pain comes on suddenly or has a slow onset, it can make everyday activities difficult and affect your quality of life.
Lower Back Pain Relief with Cold Laser Therapy
If you suffer from lower back pain, low level laser therapy could be an excellent option to help get your pain under control.
Low level laser therapy, also known as cold laser therapy, is a medical grade, therapeutic laser used as an effective treatment to relieve pain. It is referred to as ‘cold’ laser as it does not harm or heat the skin.
Not only can it soothe muscle tension and reduce inflammation, it tends to work well in combination with exercise, physiotherapy and other treatment modalities.
A ground-breaking therapy for both acute (recent injury) and chronic (long-term) back pain, cold laser has the ability to offer both short term and long term pain relief.
A series of treatment sessions is usually required. For lower back pain, cold laser can be a worthwhile treatment in addition to exercise, physiotherapy and other therapies due to its ability to help the body’s natural healing processes at the cellular level, promoting tissue repair
– Dr David Bartlett, Practice Principal – Robina Town Medical Centre
Benefits of low level laser therapy as a lower back pain treatment:
- Clinically proven results
- Safe to use immediately after an injury
- Reduces the need for medication
- Helps to restore the normal range of motion
- Suitable for all ages
- Treatment is painless
- Relieves and potentially eliminates pain
Low level laser therapy can safely improve the range of motion of the back, promoting blood circulation to the affected area and alleviating muscle tension.
LLLT promotes the body’s natural healing processes, relieving the pain and helping the body to treat the source of pain.
What causes lower back pain?
The back is a complex structure. Providing support for your legs and pelvis and with complex layers of muscle, it can be difficult to work out the exact cause of back pain.
Causes of lower back pain include:
- Soft tissue injuries
- Poor posture
- Sciatica (compressed nerve)
- Osteoarthritis (pain affecting the joints)
- Osteoporosis (loss of bone density)
- Muscle tension
There are certain factors that can increase the risk of developing lower back issues:
- Workplace practices
- Being overweight
- Lack of physical fitness
- Sitting for long periods of time
Lifestyle can have a huge impact on back pain, with exercise, safe lifting methods, maintaining a healthy body weight, good posture, a good quality mattress and relaxation techniques being of great assistance.
How is back pain treated?
Initially, treatment usually focuses on minimising pain and keeping up movement. Treatment options can include:
- Pain medication and / or anti-inflammatories
- Ice packs
- Soft tissue massage
- Stretching and exercise
Low level laser therapy is an effective, drug-free, painless alternative to traditional lower back pain treatments
Treatment for back pain usually begins with conservative measures such as avoiding certain activities and pain relief medications moving to higher interventions such as physical therapies and surgery.
Used on its own or in combination with traditional treatments under the guidance of a GP, cold laser can be effective in reducing or eliminating back pain.
Instant or long-lasting relief cannot be guaranteed as results vary for each patient due to age, health condition, type of injury, lifestyle and concurrent treatments, however clinical evidence and our patients’ experiences indicate low level laser to be a worthwhile and effective treatment option for back pain.
Laser Treatment for Back Pain – Clinical Evidence
In a 2010 study, low level laser was used in addition to anti-inflammatories and was shown to increase movement, reduce pain intensity and improve quality of life, compared to patients who only used anti-inflammatories and no laser therapy.
Low level laser therapy in conjunction with exercise was more effective than exercise alone as a treatment for lower back pain in a 2007 study, with a significant reduction in pain and increased range of movement.
Case Studies from our Gold Coast Treatment Room
Back pain treatment – 65 year old female
This patient has experienced lower back pain after a bad fall landing on the sacral/coccyx area.
Results after treatment for lower back pain:
After 4 laser treatments
- Pain reduced significantly
- Patient continued treatment until pain almost completely resolved.
Back pain treatment – 58 year old female
Diagnosed with osteomyelitis, this patient had sacral and lumbar pain that radiated in to the gluteal muscles.
After 5 laser treatments
- Pain free
If you’re experiencing lower back pain, low level laser therapy could benefit you. We welcome you to book a session or speak to our laser team for advice. Don’t suffer any longer.