Prevalence of Chronic Pain in the US
In the United States, it is estimated that 56 million individuals suffer from some form of chronic pain annually. The prevalence of chronic pain accounts for the greatest number of work absenteeism than any other group in of diseases, and the prevalence of chronic pain reports is estimated to increase. Often, people with acute or chronic pain (low back pain, a sore knee, or persistent neck stiffness) will quickly turn to over-the-counter pain medicine for relief; however, the FDA recently issued strict warnings regarding the misuse and overdosing of over-the-counter pain medications due to severe complications such as stomach ulcers, hearing disorders, and liver failure. Further, a growing concern amongst physicians exists regarding the side-effects associated with prescription pain medication.
Now There is a New Treatment that Has Been Proven Safe and Effective by the FDA
Low level lasers offer a new clinically proven treatment option that is safe, effective and cleared by the FDA for the treatment of:
- Chronic Neck Pain
- Post-Operative Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Heel Pain Related to Plantar Fasciitis
How It Works
Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) or cold laser, is a painless, sterile, non-invasive, drug-free modality that is used for a variety of conditions such as, acute and chronic pain, body-contouring, acne, and appearance of cellulite.
Housed within the mitochondria, the cell energy manufacturer, are receptors capable of absorbing distinct parameters of light. Think of the receptors like any drug receptors. When we consume a prescription medication, the compound is absorbed by the body and is located a particular receptor; based upon its molecular design, will bind to that receptor. Once the drug binds, a secondary reaction inside the cell takes place. A similar mechanism is observed when exposing the body to a particular color of light. During a laser treatment, the light will penetrate the skin and is absorbed by this receptor within the mitochondria. Receptor stimulation with light promotes energy production, biochemical reactions, protein, growth factor synthesis, cell growth, proliferation, and enhanced blood and oxygen flow.