Musculoskeletal inflammation and pain can be addressed with deep tissue laser therapy. This treatment is effective with tendonitis, bursitis, arthritis, tennis elbow, sciatica, disc herniations, neuritis, headaches, TMJ, post-surgical conditions and other aches and pains that hinder people in their daily lives.
What types of conditions does Laser Therapy help with?
Dr. Peter Ferraro: There is a pretty long list of conditions that laser therapy can help but the ones that we see the most are tendonitis, bursitis, arthritis, tennis elbow, a lot of post-surgical conditions, also sciatica, things that are associated with disc herniations, neuritis, headaches, TMJ dysfunction. The list goes on and on and on. Pretty much anything that causes some type of musculoskeletal inflammation and pain, we can address with our deep tissue laser.
Is Laser Therapy available to anyone or do you have to be a certain age?
Dr. Peter Ferraro: The therapy is available pretty much at any age but we do avoid using a laser over any kind of growth plates in children. We also want to avoid any treatment over areas of suspected tumors or cancers as well as in pregnant area of females.
When treating your patients, how do you determine that Laser Therapy is the best approach?
Dr. Peter Ferraro: Upon a complete examination and evaluation of the patient, multiple treatment options are explored and laser is one of those options especially for patients suffering with inflammation and/or pain.
What is a typical Laser Therapy treatment session like? What can someone expect?
Dr. Peter Ferraro: During a laser treatment, you will feel a soothing warmth caused by increased cellular activity which activates a process leading to decreased pain and inflammation. The treatment typically lasts between 5 and 10 minutes, depending on the condition being treated. For a small area like an arthritic finger, it may only need just under a minute.
Most people want fast results so if a patient is getting Laser Therapy how long do they have to wait between treatments? What’s a typical treatment schedule like?
Dr. Peter Ferraro: The heat produced during a treatment will cause an immediate blood flow increase to the injured tissue of which the effects can be felt immediately. The increase in cellular activity typically lasts for up to 24 hours. Like the treatment times, the rapidity of the effects differ based on the body part and condition being treated. That same arthritic finger may have significant improvement after one treatment where something like a chronic lower back pain may take upwards of five. Typically patients will feel significant changes in 3 to 5 sessions. Treatment schedules vary by condition and body part being treated but for example, a typical tennis elbow treatment may consist of treatment every day for 3 days and then every other day for 2 weeks until the symptoms are completely resolved.
If you are interested in speaking with Dr. Peter Ferraro, visit ferraro1.wpengine.com or call 973-478-2212 to schedule an appointment.