Low level laser therapy – Aftercare
What is it?
Low level laser therapy (LLLT) is the application of red and near infrared light over injuries to stimulate cellular repair.
How does it work?
LLLT has an anti-inflammatory and healing effect on inflamed tissue. By improving circulation and increasing cellular repair functions LLLT provides an environment for your body’s own natural healing process to be activated.
Is it safe?
LLLT has no effect on normal tissue. It treats the underlying cause of the injury, unlike pain medication which masks the pain. It has no known side effects. However our clinic takes the following safety measures
- The laser is never shone directly into the eye (practitioners and patients wear goggles)
- The laser is not shone on any neoplastic tissue (tumours, cancers or abnormal tissue)
What should I do after treatment with Low Level Laser?
You will be encouraged to continue to move the affected area within its previous range of movement, but not to exert stretch or force during the healing phase. Rest is essential to tissue healing.
You may need to reduce or avoid any activities that induce pain or swelling for a period of time. Don’t try to work through the pain so as not to further injure the area.
What can I hope to expect?
By treating the underlying problem, LLLT can result in lasting pain relief and restoration of function.
Should I continue with other treatments such as physiotherapy?
Once improvements are felt, muscle and tendon strength and flexibility can be addressed with graduated exercises and stretching. Discuss this with your doctor, to ensure correct management of your progress.