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Laser Therapy FAQs

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

What does laser therapy have over other forms of therapy?

Laser therapy does not require the use of drugs or surgery, there are less side effects or risks, and it is quick and convenient. Studies have shown that it is equal to or more effective than other forms of physical therapy.

Does it hurt? What does the treatment feel like?

There is little or no sensation during treatment. Occasionally one feels mild, soothing warmth. There is no pain associated with the treatment. Laser treatment is relaxing and some people even fall asleep. On the other hand, it sometimes occurs that pain can increase or begin 6-24 hours after a treatment session. This is because the laser light starts the healing process. This type of pain is particularly likely to arise when the health problems are chronic in their nature. It usually subsides after a few days but can, in rare cases, last
longer.

How long does the treatment take?

The typical course of treatment is 10-20 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated. Acute conditions may be treated daily, particularly if they are accompanied by significant pain. More chronic problems respond better when treatments are received 2 to 3 times a week. Treatment plans are determined on an individual basis.

How many treatments does it take?

This depends on the nature of the condition being treated. For some acute conditions, 2 to 6 treatments may be sufficient. More chronic conditions may require 10-20 sessions. Conditions such as severe arthritis may require ongoing periodic care to control pain.

How long before results are felt?

You may feel improvement in your condition (usually pain reduction) after the very first treatment. Each treatment is cumulative and results are often felt after 2 to 4 sessions. Treatments just take a few minutes, however the therapeutic effect continues to sooth and heal long after you leave our office.

Are the results long lasting?

Therapeutic Laser Therapy is about healing. It’s not about masking or covering up a condition. When you feel better from this therapy… it’s because you are better. Therefore results have been found to be quite long lasting.

Can it be used in conjunction with other forms of treatment?

Yes, laser therapy is even more effective when combined with other forms of therapy, including physical therapy, chiropractic, massage, soft tissue mobilization, electrotherapy, and following surgery.

Can laser therapy be used over medical implants or over metal?

Yes, laser therapy is a light treatment. No heating is involved with the surgical or metal implants. It can be used safely with no side effects. It is extremely effective for post-operative wound healing. Many hip and knee replacement patients see us for care.

Is it covered by medical insurance?

Laser therapy is not covered by OHIP but is covered under many private plans.

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