Laser Therapy for Sporting Injuries
Laser Therapy uses Low Level Lasers, which improve tissue repair, ultimately reducing pain and inflammation wherever the light ray is applied.
Treatments take only a few minutes and can be applied two or more times a week.
Laser therapy has been used for many years on sports injuries, and can be a particularly great choice as it offers a drug-free, surgery-free and painless alternative compared to other methods of pain and injury management.
Low Level Lasers can effectively be used to reduce pain, swelling and inflammation within a period of hours to weeks, with no downtime, so you will be free to go back to playing sport as soon as you feel comfortable.
Laser therapy is also proven to reduce pain and inflammation from minor sports injuries within minutes, so if you have a minor sprain or strain and wish to be free of the pain without using medication or committing to a pain management program, a session of low level laser therapy would be a good option.
Laser Therapy can treat a wide range of sports injuries including:
- Sprains and strains
- Muscle fatigue
- Tennis elbow
- Rotator Cuff Injury
- Knee joint injuries
- Shoulder pain
- Shin pain
Does Low Level Laser therapy work for sports injuries?
For over a decade laser therapy has been used by physiotherapists on sports injuries. The use of low level lasers improves healing, achieves better pain relief when compared in clinical trials and has no known side effects. It is used by physiotherapists for pain relief, resolution of inflammation and tissue repair.
Laser Therapy encourages cell reproduction, offering pain relief and treating the deeper cause of the pain.
The advantages of Laser Therapy for athletes are:
- Non-invasive procedure with no downtime
- Fewer complications
- No complications for athletes conscious of drug testing
- Simple administration
How low level laser therapy works
Low Level Lasers are handheld devices used by the clinician which are small and look much like a handheld torch. The laser is placed directly over the injured area for 30 seconds to several minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated and the intensity of laser used.
Once the laser energy passes through the layers of skin and reaches the target area, it is absorbed and interacts with the light sensitive elements in the cell. This process can be compared to photosynthesis in plants – sunlight is absorbed by plants, which is then converted to usable energy so that the plant can grow.
When cells absorb this light energy, it initiates a series of events that eventually result in mending damaged or injured tissue, a reduction in pain, inflammation, and an overall reduction in healing time.
Find out more about Low Level Laser Therapy here.