Laser therapy for injury recovery


MAY 2015 – Laser light therapy has become useful for just about every condition, but most importantly for athletes, it can reduce inflammation and relieve pain from injuries suffered.

There are different classes of light therapy, and each one works for different areas needing treatment. Some are more powerful, some are created for deeper tissue damage and some for speed of recovery.

For instance, one of our patients who had knee surgery due to knee dislocation regained full range of motion and significant pain reduction in the first treatment with Class IV laser therapy only 30 days after the surgery. Not only can you use laser therapy after an injury, it proves very useful to use as injury prevention as well. Many major league teams use this to warm up the pitcher’s shoulder. This helps with performance and prevents common stiffness.

The laser therapy goes into the tissue and the damaged cells absorb the light and change positively. The impaired cells are the ones that react to the light better than the healthy cells. The many areas laser therapy help can be phenomenal. You can use laser therapy on shin splints, scars, rotator cuff strain, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and more. Some injuries require different classes of laser and different amount of treatments to find the relief you are seeking. Reduction of swelling and inflammation is important to the proper healing of wounded tissue.

Health & Fitness ReportDifferent classes of laser are required for different areas where the desired treatment is located. For some areas, deeper light such as the class IV is not necessary. Very few clinics even have the Class IV light laser therapy machine in the Kansas City area.

Laser light therapy is the perfect option for a less invasive and requires no anti-inflammatory medicine or medicine of any kind. Yet the results are fabulous for those who have sought the benefits of this modality.

Kansas City Chiropractic has more than one option to help with non-invasive answers to your health and injury needs. Just give us a call and we will bring you in to see how we can help you improve your quality of life after injury or to help prevent injury.

Article by Dr. Lynn McIntosh. Dr. McIntosh  is a board certified Chiropractor, licensed in Kansas and Missouri. In addition to being licensed to provide general chiropractic care, she is also a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician, working with athletes from multiple disciplines on specific sports-related problems and a Certified Acupuncturist. She can be found on the internet at

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