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Phototherapy

LLLT_systemMedX Phototherapy is also known as light and laser therapy and is a safe and highly effective treatment method that offers you a rapid, drug free, non-invasive healing solution. Used for over 40 years, phototherapy is supported by 2500 published articles on light therapy. 1200 references in Tuner & Hode. Over 1200 randomized double blind studies. Positive studies use appropriate wavelength, energy density, dose, treatment technique and schedule of Rx’s.

Phototherapy can effectively treat:

  • Head, neck and back pain
  • Arthritis (Osteo and Rheumatoid)
  • Post-surgical recovery
  • Pulls, strains, and muscle injuries
  • Joint twists and sprains
  • Carpal Tunnel (repetitive stress injuries) >Tendonitis

Channelling therapeutic light energy for the purpose of reducing pain has been a widely accepted medical practice for many years.Your therapist may use phototherapy, which includes the delivery of superluminous diode (SLD) and low level laser therapy (LLLT), for temporary increase in local blood circulation, temporary relief of minor muscle and joint aches, pains, stiffness, and the relaxation of muscles, as well as for muscle spasms, and minor pain and stiffness associated with arthritis. It may also be used for the temporary relief of hand and wrist pain associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. Phototherapy is a physical treatment modality using SLD and LLLT diodes to emit photons (light) in very specific regions of the electromagnetic spectrum which penetrate the skin stimulating a cascade of clinical benefits. Radiant energy absorbed by elements in mitochondria and cell membranes is converted into biological energy, inducing processes, such as increased local microcirculation, accelerated tissue repair, reduced pain, decreased inflammation and edema, enhanced immune response, and angiogenesis. Phototherapy can be used to treat both acute and chronic conditions, including whiplash injuries, osteoarthritis, migraine headaches, disc herniations, sprains/strains, bursitis, carpal tunnel, plantar fasciitis, and others listed in the table below. Research indicates that phototherapy can accelerate wound and tissue repair by as much as 30- 40%.

Patient benefits of Phototherapy

LLLT_benefits Healing (up to 40%)
Blood and lymph flow (decongestion) & formation capabilities
Tensile strength & quality of repair
Increased osteoblast production-accelerated
Pain
Inflammation
Swelling
Muscle spasms & tension

It is important to understand that phototherapy is not a cure-all. Occasionally, it may be the only therapy prescribed, but more often it is used in conjunction with other therapeutic and rehabilitative treatments. Your doctor or therapist will determine when phototherapy is indicated, how often it should be used, and the length of each application. The exact frequency of treatment depends upon the individual patient and the conditions being treated. Generally, periodic treatments are continued as long as the condition is present. Treatments may be given as often as two to three times per day in acute or serious conditions. In less serious cases, two to three times a week is common early in the treatment program with a gradual reduction in frequency as the patient improves. To receive maximum benefit from your phototherapy treatments, it is important to follow the recommendations and instructions of your doctor or therapist as precisely and completely as possible.

Your doctor or therapist can provide you with a list of contraindications, warnings, precautions, and possible adverse reactions.

Major Conditions Treated with Phototherapy 

  • Whiplash Injuries
  • Facet Joint Syndrome
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Disc Herniations
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Migraine Headache
  • Tension Headache
  • Cervicogenic Headache
  • TMJ Dysfunction
  • Sinusitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Impingement Syndrome
  • Rotator Cuff Syndrome
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Epicondylitis
  • Fractures
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Myofasciitis
  • Costochondritis
  • Sciatic Neuralgia
  • Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
  • Stenosis
  • Capsulitis
  • Chondromalacia Patella
  • Ligamentous Injuries
  • Osgood Schlatter’s Disease
  • Meniscus Injuries
  • Post-Operative Rehab
  • Bunions
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Wound Healing
  • Torticollis

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