If you live with chronic pain, you may rely on a pain-reducing drug that’s classified as an opioid. While opioids are effective and frequently prescribed by doctors to help manage moderate-to-severe pain, they also come with a number of serious side effects. Each year, thousands of people die from opioid addiction or an accidental opioid overdose. Common types of opioids include:
Heroin and fentanyl are also in the opioid family.
At Vulcan Pain Management, Dr. Victor Mendoza, and our caring team here in Birmingham, Alabama, offer a range of non-prescription, non-surgical pain solutions. One of the most effective is low-level laser therapy. In this blog, Dr. Mendoza answers some of the most frequently asked questions about chronic pain and laser therapy.
What is low-level laser therapy?
Low-level laser therapy is a form of laser therapy that uses very low light levels to reduce pain, decrease inflammation, stimulate tissue repair, and increases range of motion. You might also hear it called cold laser therapy because the light doesn’t heat your underlying cells or tissues.
Erchonia laser treatments are a great solution if you want to avoid medications and surgery and speed up the healing process.
What can I expect during Erchonia laser treatments?
Our team shows you to a private room for your painless procedure. During your laser session, Dr. Mendoza positions the laser over your target areas so the device can emit the laser beam directly into your tissues. Your cells absorb the light and initiate a healing response.
The procedure is outpatient and only takes a few minutes. The laser doesn’t burn or cut your skin, and it doesn’t vibrate. You won’t need any downtime, so you can immediately return to work or your regular activities.
Are Erchonia laser treatments safe?
Absolutely. We use the Erchonia brand of laser because they hold multiple FDA approvals and have conducted thousands of studies on the safety and effectiveness of the procedure and the device. There are no known hazards or side effects of low-level laser therapy.
What types of acute and chronic pain respond well to Erchonia laser treatments?
At our state-of-the-art pain management clinic, we use Erchonia laser therapy to treat:
- Tennis elbow
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Shoulder pain
- Degenerative joint disease
- Carpal tunnel
- Knee pain
- Plantar fasciitis
Cold laser therapy is often used in conjunction with or instead of physical therapy, chiropractic care, and therapeutic massage.
If you need relief from chronic pain, consider Erchonia laser treatments. Call the office to learn more about this exciting non-surgical option, or request an appointment online.