Can Laser Therapy Help My Back Pain?

Can Laser Therapy Help My Back Pain?

Laser therapy is often discussed in terms of aesthetic treatments, such as tattoo removal or hair reduction. The reality is that laser therapy isn’t just for cosmetic treatments. Light energy is a powerful tool and has many applications in the medical field 一 and that includes reducing back pain. 

Dr. Dustin Hamoy incorporates MLS laser into back pain treatment plans here at Precision Laser Joint and Spine Pain Center in Glen Burnie, Maryland.

Here’s what you need to know about laser therapy and how it works to reduce back pain.

What is laser therapy?

Believe it or not, the word laser is actually an acronym. It stands for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation. In other words, medical lasers are medical-grade devices designed to focus extremely precise light beams to either treat specific conditions or remove tissue. 

There are many different types of laser (each with different energy, wavelength, and frequency levels) used in a multitude of procedures from eye surgery to dental surgery.

Here at  Precision Laser Joint and Spine Pain Center, Dr. Hamoy uses the multiwave-locked system (MLS®) laser therapy system from ASA Laser. MLS laser therapy:

Because light beams can penetrate deeply, the MLS laser promotes healing on a cellular level. MLS laser therapy helps to reduce back pain by:

These effects of laser therapy reduce musculoskeletal pain related to muscle strains, bursitis, slipped discs, arthritis, sciatica, and other soft tissue injuries.

Benefits of laser therapy for back pain

Unlike other invasive back pain treatments (such as epidural injections), MLS laser therapy is noninvasive. There’s no need for shots, injections, or incisions. Not only are lasers noninvasive, but laser treatments are also painless, safe, and proven effective. MLS laser therapy is suitable for most types of back pain and even those with metal implants (because this is a light treatment and not a heat one).

Laser therapy complements other back pain treatments, including physical therapy, stretching, and regular exercise.

What to expect during MLS laser therapy 

During your laser therapy session, you lie comfortably on your stomach while we place the laser about eight inches above your back. That’s it! You lie still for about 10-15 minutes while the laser is directed onto the designated treatment area. 

Depending on your specific needs, Dr. Hamoy recommends a series of MLS laser treatments. Many people benefit from two to three sessions per week for up to 7-10 total treatments. However, certain back conditions, such as arthritis, may require more treatments to manage your pain.

If you’d like to find out if MLS laser therapy can relieve your pain, reduce inflammation, and promote wound healing, give us a call to find out if laser therapy is right for you. You can reach our Glen Burnie, Maryland, office via our booking tool or by calling 410-324-2968. 

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