Neck Pain and Back Pain Therapy in Louisville
Studies show low level laser therapy to be an effective alternative to medication and invasive procedures for treating acute and chronic pain.
A National Institutes of Health (NIH) study found that most American adults have experienced some level of pain, from brief to more lasting pain, and from relatively minor to more severe pain. The study showed that an estimated 25.3 million adults (11.2 percent) had pain every day for the preceding 3 months. Nearly 40 million adults (17.6) experience severe levels of pain, and those with severe pain are likely to have worse health status.
Those who suffer with chronic pain feel aches in their joints, bones, or muscles for weeks, months, or even years. The pain can come from an injury or infection – and in some cases, the causes remain unknown – and can inhibit a person’s ability to go about and enjoy their lives. Chronic pain can include headaches, neck pain, back pain and arthritis.
Traditionally, the method for managing chronic pain has been pharmacological, including non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, opioids, acetaminophen, and anticonvulsants. However, recent technological advancements have led to the discovery of the usefulness of lasers for treating acute and chronic pain.
Low Level Laser Therapy
A review of studies found that low level laser therapy appears to provide effective pain relief of both acute and chronic neck pain. The review, headed by researchers led by Dr. Roberta Chow of the Brain and Mind Research Institute at the University of Sydney in Australia, and published in The Lancet, surveyed data from 16 controlled trials with a total of 820 people treated for neck pain that could not be linked to a specific cause.
The study used a 100-point scale to account for and compare differences in the severity of neck pain after treatment involving either low level laser therapy or a placebo, and found that 70 percent of patients with acute neck pain were more likely to experience reduced pain following the LLLT.
Five trials with people suffering from chronic neck pain revealed that those who received laser treatment were four times more likely to have reduced neck pain compared with placebo. In 11 trials of chronic pain, 20-point reductions were reported by patients who were given laser therapy, and seven of those trials provided follow-up data for as long as 22 weeks attesting to persistent pain relief, with little to no side effects.
K-Laser Class 4 Therapy
In Louisville, medical practitioners provide painless, non-invasive and drug-free remedy for chronic neck pain and back pain using K-Laser Class 4 therapeutic lasers. These lasers deliver specific red and near-infrared wavelengths of laser light to induce a photochemical reaction and therapeutic effect. Physiological effects include increased circulation, reduced inflammation, pain reduction and enhanced tissue healing.
Low level laser therapy has been widely used in Europe for the past few decades and was cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2005. The K-Laser Class 4 laser therapy is an FDA cleared therapeutic treatment.