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Cold Laser Therapy

Chronic Back Pain Sufferers Discover Relief With Cold Laser Therapy By Colorado Springs Chiropractor


When people in Colorado Springs think about lasers they think of SciFi movies where metal walls are cut and giant tin foil balls are turned into popcorn (Real Genius).  Even if they think of a medical laser, they think of a tissue cutting "hot" laser, not a cold laser.

There is a huge difference between that kind of laser and a Low Light Laser (LLL).  Low Light Laser is often commonly called "Cold Laser".  It is "cold" because it does not give off heat, and therefore, it does not burn tissue.

Cold laser therapy has been featured on many national and local news networks. Our cold laser is the MicroLight 830, and it was the first cold laser to be approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), after its successful published study on Ford Motor Company employees for carpal tunnel. 

There are no known adverse effects of the MicroLight cold laser treatment, and there is no pain associated with the treatment.

If you are techy, then you will appreciate this explanation. Cold laser light is:
  • Monochromatic (A single wavelength in the 635 to 970 nm range)
  • Has a wavelength in red portion of the electromagnetic spectrum
  • Coherent (Traveling in a straight non-diverging line)
  • Polarized (Concentrating it energy as a defined spot)
  • Low power level ranging from 10 continuous to 50,000 pulsed milliwatts (Cold)

Common uses for cold laser therapy are:

  • Inflammation reduction
  • Accelerating the healing process of damaged tissue
  • Pain reduction treatment

The low-level light penetrates deep into the skin, causing an increase in the metabolism of the body.  By increasing the metabolism it rapidly accelerates healing to the area.

On Feb. 6, 2002, the FDA (Federal Drug Administration) approved the Micro Light 830 cold laser for use as a pain relief therapy, specifically for carpal tunnel, though the FDA-approval sites many other uses, and it has been effectively used for shoulders, knees, scar tissue, ankles, spines and more.

Cold laser therapy has been used for 25 years around the world, especially in Europe and the FDA approved it 10 years ago in the US.

Depending on the size of the problem area(s), the treatment takes anywhere from 5 - 10 minutes.

Cold Laser Therapy in Combination With Spinal Decompression Therapy

In a herniated disc injury case, cold laser therapy is very advantageous in combination with decompression therapy.  The main advantage of cold laser therapy is the increased metabolic (healing) activity in the disc.  Because the disc has no blood supply, The disc has an average healing time of 300 to 500 days.  Laser therapy in conjunction with decompression therapy has been shown to cut healing time down to as little as 100 days.

So if your disc is injured do you want to take 3 months to recover with laser and decompression or wait 18 months for it to heal on its own?

Cold Laser Therapy Advantages Compared to Other Therapies

Cold laser therapy is a non-invasive procedure, meaning that it does not require a surgical incision. This means that there is no prolonged recovery time. Cold laser therapy also does not involve taking any medications - many patients prefer to avoid taking medications. Studies so far have found that cold laser therapy does not have side effects when used properly by a Colorado Springs doctor.

Healing Takes Time

Patients do not typically get full relief or resolution from their pain symptoms after the first treatment. It takes a series of treatments, usually 6 to 30, depending on the severity and duration of the condition.

Medicare and Medicaid do not cover cold laser therapy expenses. Some major medical insurance carriers do assist with payment and others do not cover any of the treatment.