Cold Laser Therapy is the newest FDA approved device for healing. With over 3000 published medical articles, it is one of the most studied medical devices on the market; it is proven effective for many conditions as well as being safe without side effects.
Cold Laser Therapy light is produced by the unit and then it is super-pulsed to keep it from burning the patient. As the light enters the injured cell it causes something called photo-bio-stimulation (photo = light, bio = biological response and stimulation = stimulation of the cell).
The state of the art, class IV, infrared, Cold Laser Therapy Machine by Aspen is a recent addition of San Leandro Chiropractic Center in San Leandro, CA. It is replacing our older Class III cold laser Erchonia PL 5000.
Safe & Non-Invasive
Cold Laser Therapy is a safe and non-invasive treatment that increases the local immune system, increases blood and lymph circulation, decreases cell damage, and causes the release of different substances, such as ATP (energy used by the cell), endorphins, TNF a, IL-1ß, COX-2, PGE2 (pain chemicals), and more. In short, Laser Therapy reduces inflammation, decreases pain, and accelerates injured or inflamed tissue healing. If done correctly, laser therapy can initiate the body’s own healing processes and should therefore primarily be viewed as an aid to self-healing.
Most Advanced Laser on the Market
Our new Aspen Cold Laser Therapy provide a whole new avenue of pain relief, improving circulatory problems, lymphatic system drainage, sinus congestion and arthritic joints. Lasers can range in price from several hundred dollars to over $20,000 dollars depending upon the penetration, speed of healing and other factors. We chose the Aspen Laser because of the science behind it as well as being the most advanced laser on the market. And yes, we spent quite a bit… but the results that our patients are going to get will be fantastic. We are already successfully treating conditions such as whiplash, neck pain, lower back pain, headaches, shoulder impingement and bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis), golfers elbow (medial epicondylitis). patelofemoral pain, jumpers knee, ankle sprains, and plantarfascitis.
Laser is the latest technology for patient care in the United States. By no means is it “experimental” therapy as Laser has proven itself successfully in Europe for over 30 years. This machine is safe, has no side effects, reduces pain and inflammation and helps people recover quicker from injuries and surgery. The following are frequently asked questions including a list of the many conditions or ailments the laser can help with.
What is Laser Therapy?
Laser therapy uses specific wavelengths of light to treat painful and debilitating conditions. Laser emits a visible coherent light that stimulates the body’s ability to produce ATP, which allows a natural healing of the body in decreased time. Through this process pain and inflammation decrease, the natural range of motion of the joints return and optimal function of cellular physiology occurs on a more permanent basis.
How does it Work?
Light energy enters damaged cells and stimulates their inter-cellular activity. This reduces pain in the area and speeds recovery of the cells. Once the cells recover, the process is complete. Every living cell in a human body that makes up muscles, organs, bone, nerve cell and other tissues, functions at a specific frequency, or environment that it knows as its “normal”. Cells may change its frequency when exposed to emotional and physical stresses, chemical toxins, surgeries and even injuries. During this process cells stop send messages to neighboring cells and communication between brain and cells being interrupted. Erchonia is the only cold laser, that will help to activate the communication between the brain and the damaged cells. Thus, flawless performance can be achieved.
For most people, laser therapy is quite passive. Some patients have reported a slight tingling or tapping in a nerve or along a nerve pathway. Some have noted that they are able to sense a slight feeling of warmth. But for the most part, the treatment, which may last from 10 minutes, is not noticed at all. Following (and even during) a laser therapy session, approximately 75-80% of patients being treated can notice an immediate improvement in their condition. This will depend primarily on the type of condition and the length of time the condition has been present. Generally, the more chronic or severe the condition, the longer it takes to respond. The majority of conditions treated will take anywhere from 4-15 treatments. Once again, the number of treatments depends upon the severity of the condition and its duration. There are some conditions that will never completely resolve but can be helped and maintained with laser therapy. If your condition does not change immediately, it may take 3-4 sessions before a dramatic or marked change is perceived.
What are commonly treated conditions?
These are conditions that patients tend to seek treatment for.
- Tendon and ligament injuries
- Neurological pain
- Disc disease (bulges, herniations, injuries)
- Chronic non-healing wounds
- Soft tissue injuries
- General pain
- Muscle strains and tears
- Musculoskeletal disorders
- Joint and muscle pain
- Pre and post surgical treatment
- Arthritis and degenerative joint conditions
How much treatment do I need?
As was mentioned earlier a series of 4-15 treatments are recommended, depending on a severity of the condition. For lower back conditions, studies have show approximately 10 visits are optimal. We schedule the sessions with about 1-2 days in between as the effects of the laser are cumulative and build up with each treatment. You feel better with each successive treatment.
Once the 6-7 visits are finished, you may choose to have treatments monthly or every two months depending on how good you feel or in some cases to help maintain your health.
What does treatment cost?
Each laser therapy session costs $50.00. Studies have indicated that following through with a 6-7 session regimen is optimal for best results for moderate conditions. Conditions with severe pain might take longer. Our goal is to combine this healing technology with chiropractic adjustments and expedite the healing process with cold laser therapy.
If you are a new patient to our office, Dr. Burt welcomes you to discuss whether laser therapy is right for you. He will perform an initial Chiropractic examination that costs $100.00.
Insurance does not cover the cost of laser visits but your flexible spending or health savings accounts will. The office staff will furnish you with a statement of services that will serve as your receipt.
Are there any safety reasons why I can’t have laser therapy?
Pacemakers, systemic diseases (i.e. cancer), and over the thyroid area are reasons we do not do laser. For other concerns, talk to Dr. Burt.
Can I come in just for the Laser Treatment and not Chiropractic care?
In the state of California, Dr. Burt must utilize Chiropractic care in conjunction with laser therapy. He understands that some of you reading about this laser would never consider going to the Chiropractor in the first place or you may already have one you currently see. Please understand that you are likely calling Dr. Burt to trouble shoot a health related problem or ask him about specific pain you want to get rid off. His Gonstead style of Chiropractic adjustment is different and part of doing a great job for you is to evaluate you properly.
The adjustments he will provide may not have to be very extensive and in almost all cases, he can work with your current Chiropractor, Physical therapist, M.D. or massage therapist so that there is no overlap in treatment or over-treatment. Dr. Burt just wants to be able to help you with this laser, so call and talk to him and you can make your own decision.
If I am not a patient but want to talk about care that includes laser treatment, what is expected of me?
You can call to schedule an initial appointment where Dr. Burt will perform an initial exam to find out about your specific health condition. He will find out how laser therapy and Chiropractic can help you. The cost of this exam is $100.00. After explaining what is happening with your body and your condition, Dr. Burt will outline your treatment plan. If you wish, your first laser and Chiropractic treatment will be performed that day. Expect to spend 30 minutes on your first visit, then 15 minutes for visits after that.
We do not accept any private health insurances at our office with an exception of personal injury cases. We let our attorney deal with insurance paperwork on all of our personal injury cases a our San Leandro Chiropractic Center. A payment in full is expected at the end of each treatment session. We can provide your an itemized statement and you can take to your insurance coverage and ask for reimbursement.