Why Laser Therapy After A Car Accident
Following an automobile accident, you should always consider getting checked out by an auto accident chiropractor to determine whether you have sustained any serious injuries that may not have appeared in X-rays.
While it seems that, during a car crash, only one part of the body bears the brunt of physical trauma, in actuality, it’s the whole musculoskeletal structure that is affected. Left untreated, these injuries can lead to debilitating pain and even permanent muscle and bone damage.
There is a choice of therapies available for treating automobile accident injuries. Laser therapy is a recognized and recommended form of treatment for reducing pain, inflammation and speeding recovery time in a non-addictive, safe, and scientific manner.
What is Laser Therapy?
Laser Therapy applies specific wavelengths of red and near-infrared lights to injured tissue for therapeutic effect. Research has demonstrated that the results of laser therapy include pain reduction, swelling decrease, improved circulation, and a shortened healing time.
Having first become popular in Europe during the 1970s, laser therapy acquired FDA clearance in 2002. It has since become a popular therapy option across the US and prevalent for those recovering from automobile accidents.
How Does Laser Therapy Work?
The short, easy answer is that laser therapy stimulates the tissue to promote repair and growth.
Laser treatment speeds wound healing while also lessening inflammation and scar tissue formation. Because it is also effective in reducing pain, it’s a good option for those looking for pain management solutions that are non-addictive.
Under laser therapy, injured tissue responds to laser lights at a cellular level by increasing metabolic activity within the cell and encouraging the transfer of nutrients across the cell membrane. This process promotes adenosine triphosphate (ATP)—energy-carrying molecules—which enrich cells and bring about beneficial effects such as improved cellular function and health.
For those recovering from automobile accidents or other trauma, laser therapy is a painless treatment option. Laser energy increases circulation and draws water, oxygen, and nutrients to the injured area. These optimized healing conditions reduce spasms, swelling, and stiffness. As the damaged tissue heals, normal function is restored, and pain is relieved.
Commonly Asked Questions About Laser Therapy
Before beginning laser therapy, you, as the patient, should feel comfortable with the entire process. Here are some frequently asked questions.
How long does treatment take?
Depending on the size of the area being treated, a single laser therapy session can last anywhere between three and ten minutes.
Does it hurt?
There is minimal sensation involved. You may feel a small amount of warmth or tingling. Areas experiencing considerable pain or swelling may be a little more sensitive before the pain reduction sets in.
How many treatments are typically required?
This will vary on the nature of the injury. Some conditions will only need between one and six treatments. Others might require 15 or more. If it’s an ongoing condition such as arthritis, you may require ongoing care to control pain and inflammation.
How quickly does it work?
Some will feel some relief right away. Some may need a few treatments before effects are felt. Laser therapy is cumulative, meaning it builds up over time. With this in mind, most people feel accurate results after three or four sessions.
Can laser therapy be used along with other treatments?
Absolutely. It’s common for laser therapy to work alongside physical therapy, massage, chiropractic treatments, and post-op recovery. Often, concurrent therapies can complement one another and increase the overall effectiveness of each, thus speeding recovery time.
What sort of injuries or conditions can laser therapy help with?
Many. Here is a partial list:
- Auto and work-related injuries
- Back and joint pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Foot Ulcers
- Ligament sprains
- Muscle strains
- Myofascial trigger points
- Plantar fasciitis
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Sports injuries
- Tennis elbow
Auto Accident Laser Therapy Services
If you’ve been in an auto accident or are suffering from another type of injury or condition, the team at Akridge Chiropractic wants to meet with you to determine how they can help you heal and become free of pain.
Akridge Chiropractic works hard to provide patients with personalized, holistic healthcare. Every patient receives a complete neurological and physical examination to determine the best treatment options—including laser therapy.
Let the care at Akridge Chiropractic be the foundation of your treatment plan. Contact us today to learn more.