Cold laser therapy can treat pain, inflammation, swelling, bone fractures, disc herniations and more with increased healing times of up to 50 to 75%.
For someone unfamiliar with Cold Laser Therapy, how do you describe the actual equipment used?
Dr. Chris Serafini: Lasers in general are quite different as far as the application of the unit. You can have some that are battery powered so you can transport them, some are handheld, some of them have cords that literally need to be plugged into the wall. Some of them are fairly small units, maybe the size of your hands. Other units are fairly large, maybe the size of a microwave and those kind of things. Yeah, they do vary greatly.
How does Cold Laser Therapy actually work in someone’s body?
Dr. Chris Serafini: That’s a great question. The laser works at a cellular level. What it’s doing is it’s interacting with the cellular membrane and what that does is it increases the ATP production of the cell. The ATP production is made in the mitochondria, it’s the power of the cell. By that process happening, you can accelerate and increase the cell regeneration and repair process very, very quickly.
What type of conditions can be treated with Cold Laser Therapy?
Dr. Chris Serafini: That’s another great question. They really vary a lot. You can treat pain, inflammation, swelling, bone fractures, disc issues as far as herniations and bulges, burns, wound healing, like post-operative wound healing, things like that. Lasers pretty much have a wide focus on the different conditions they can treat which is for our benefit for sure.
Are the healing times dramatically faster using Cold Laser Therapy versus traditional chiropractic methods?
Dr. Chris Serafini: Yeah. They absolutely are. You can see increased healing times up to 50 to 75%. I’ve worked with broken bones, compression fractures in the spine and you can see a dramatic change in four to five days.
How often do patients receive Cold Laser Therapy treatments? Is there a specific protocol?
Dr. Chris Serafini: Well, in our office most patients are going to get some sort of laser treatment at some point in their visit either with me as the doctor treating them or in our physical therapy room. Specific protocols would depend on the nature of the problem. It could be daily if they were working with a bone fracture or post-operative wound healing. Things like that we would want to see the patient daily. It can vary up to weekly, a few times a week, once a week. Once again, just really depends on the nature of the problem.
If you are interested in speaking with Dr. Chris Serafini, visit www.thescottsdalechiropractor.com or call 480-443-7678 to schedule an appointment.