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Class IV Cold Laser Therapy

Cold laser: Our coolest therapy that isn’t actually cold.
How do you know if our Class IV Cold Laser Therapy may be a treatment option for you?
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You have a sprain, inflammation, or minor injury.

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You’re into your therapies being relaxing and not uncomfortable.

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Boosting the body’s natural healing capabilities is a priority to you.

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Wearing some goofy-looking protective eye wear for a few minutes is okay.

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*BONUS Neat-o factoid: We LOVE using the latest therapy equipment. When Loehr Health Center began using our Class IV Cold Laser at the end of 2019, some of the only other organizations to have the laser included collegiate and professional sports teams including the Kansas City Chiefs. If it is good enough for Mahomes and his fellow Chiefs…you can sign us up 😉

What is cold laser therapy used for?

Cold laser therapy is used for many different health conditions. The primary uses for cold laser therapy are for reducing inflammation, pain relief, and tissue repair.

Our providers use our class IV cold laser in our sports rehabilitation and injury recovery treatment plans to assist minor sprains and injuries such as:

  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Ankle injuries
  • Back pain
  • Bursistis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • De Quervain’s tenosynovitis
  • Foot pain
  • Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis)
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Hand injuries
  • Knee pain
  • Leg injuries
  • Ligament injuries
  • Muscle strains
  • Hip pain
  • Neck pain
  • Rotator cuff syndrome
  • Running injuries
  • Shin splints
  • Shoulder pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Throwing injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Wrist injuries
  • And more!

 

*There are many types of  therapies available at Loehr Health Center. Your provider will discuss which treatments they think may be a right fit for you including other forms of therapy like cupping, athletic training training, or seeing a chiropractor.

What is cold laser therapy?

Contrary to the name, cold lasers don’t actually feel cold. They are lasers that don’t heat your body’s tissue and emit very low levels of light. The cold laser works by using a process called photobiomodulation (PBM). This process was previously referred to as intracellular metabolism. Photobiomodulation in the body is very much like how photosynthesis operates in a plant. Plants absorb light and are the cells are able to grow as a result in photosynthesis.

In photobiomodulation, the light passes through the skin, fascia, and fat tissue. When the light reaches the target area (ex. the ligament and muscle tissues), the Cytochrome C complex within the cell’s mitochondria interact with the laser and absorb the light. The light is then converted into energy. Mitochrondria is also known as the powerhouse of a call. By targeting the mitochrondria, the laser increases the energy available so the cell can absorb nutrients faster and eliminate waste.

How does cold laser therapy work?

 

 










What is the difference between a cold laser and a class IV cold laser?

Class IV cold lasers are more powerful than other cold lasers. They use a higher frequency than other cold lasers and are able to penetrate deeper into the tissue. Both lasers will deliver the same results.

However, patients who receive treatment using a class IV cold laser see results faster than other cold laser therapy patients.  Regular cold lasers provide no feeling or sensation during the treatment. The class IV cold laser we use at Loehr Health Center provides a warm, soothing feeling. There is also a massage ball option that provides a therapeutic, relaxing, massage effect when used.

Everything you want to know about Class IV Cold Laser Therapy

Class IV Cold Laser Therapy FAQs and Answers

How much is a cold laser therapy session?

Cold laser therapy may be recommended as part of an overall treatment plan that includes other services (ex. seeing a chiropractor). The cost of a cold laser treatment by itself is $50.00 per session.
The number of sessions recommended is based on the patient’s specific injury and treatment goals. For those needing more laser treatments, cold laser packages are available at $200 for five sessions.

Does cold laser therapy hurt?

Cold laser therapy should not hurt. The treatment should not feel hot or feel like a burning sensation. You should tell your provider immediately if the cold laser treatment is too warm for your comfort level. The therapy is noninvasive. It does not require any chemicals, radioactivity, injections, or incisions.

Is cold laser therapy covered by insurance?

Cold laser therapy is not covered by insurance.

A health savings account (HSA) may be used to pay for lab fees if they are part of medical care, according to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). A patient may also submit a claim to their insurance company for potential partial or full reimbursement of lab work.

We accept Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and Flexible Savings Accounts (FSAs) to pre-pay these services in advance. We will provide you with all of the required receipts to submit these services. Please note that most HSAs and FSAs will allow you to pre-pay for these services in advance. However, it is the account holder’s responsibility to determine the limitations with their contact person who holds these specific guidelines.

For many other services at our office, we are in-network with various insurance companies. We will run your insurance benefits prior to your first appointment so that you know what is covered before receiving treatment.

What side effects should I expect after a cold laser treatment?

There are no known adverse side effects to receiving a cold laser treatment.

How many cold laser treatments are required to resolve my condition?

Every patient is different. On average, cold laser therapy patients at Loehr Health Center see results between XXX to XXX number of visits. Some patients may be asked to complete “homework” like at-home exercises between cold laser sessions. More severe cases may require more sessions before patients experience greater relief.

Cold laser therapy doesn’t cover the symptoms. It works by healing the injured tissue. For many patients, they see permanent healing results from their cold laser therapy treatments.

 

What is your cancellation policy?

Loehr Health Center is committed to providing all of our patients with exceptional care. When a patient cancels without giving enough notice, they prevent another patient from being seen. Please call us at 417-887-8075, 24 hours prior to your scheduled appointment to notify us of any changes or cancellations. If prior notification is not given, you will be charged for the missed appointment.

 

Cold Laser Therapy Research

The Use of Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) For Musculoskeletal Pain| MOJ Orthop Rheumatol. 2015; 2(5): 00068.  doi: 10.15406/mojor.2015.02.0006810.1589/jpts.27.2461

Conclusion: “According to the more than 4000 studies on pub.med.gov, it can be concluded that the majority of laboratory and clinical studies have demonstrated that LLLT has a positive effect on acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain… Pain is a very complex condition which presents in different forms with an interplay of mechanical, biochemical, psychological and socioeconomic factors. It is extremely challenging to compare LLLT to other treatments, and LLLT regimens are complicated by different lengths of treatment, all without standardization of wavelengths and dosages. Currently, there have been no long-term (greater than 2 year follow up) human clinical studies that have evaluated LLLT. The overall positive short term clinical studies in addition to strong laboratory studies should give the clinical confidence that LLLT may be beneficial for many individuals suffering from musculoskeletal pain, regardless of the cause.

The previous discussion has shown that LLLT is beneficial for pain relief and can accelerate the body’s ability to heal itself. LLLT has a long history and strong basic science evidence, which supports its use in pain management. It has few side effects and is well tolerated by the elderly. A laser or LED does not correct situations involving structural deficits or instabilities whether in bone or in soft tissue. Also, LLLT should only be used as an adjuvant therapy for pain relief in patients with neuropathic pain and neurologic deficits. Successful outcomes, like all medical management, depend on good clinical skills linked with an understanding of the nature of injury, inflammation, repair, pain, and the mechanism of laser and LED effects.”

Limb Blood Flow After Class 4 Laser Therapy| J Athl Train. 2012 Mar-Apr; 47(2): 178–183. doi: 10.4085/1062-6050-47.2.178

Conclusion: “Laser therapy at the 3-W (360-J) dose level was an effective treatment modality to increase blood flow in the soft tissues.”

Assessment of feasibility and efficacy of Class IV laser therapy for postoperative pain relief in off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery patients: A pilot study
| J Clin and Diag Res. 2018 Nov; Vol-12(11): YC01-YC04. DOI: 10.7860/JCDR/2018/37558.12218

Conclusion: “Class IV laser can be an effective technique for postoperative analgesia following OPCABG surgery through sternotomy when included as a component of MMA technique.”

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