HIGH POWER LASER THERAPY AND DR. MANE
Dr. Mane was the first doctor in West Central Florida and one of the first doctors in the entire country to utilize this technology. Dr. Mane brought this technology to Tampa in 2006. Our laser was the first high power therapeutic laser (Class IV) to be cleared by the FDA.
HIGH POWER LASER TECHNOLOGY (HPLT)
Laser is an acronym for Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Albert Einstein originally developed the theory for laser. Low level therapeutic laser has been around since the 1960s. Therapeutic laser aims to bio-stimulate cells by putting laser light energy into the tissues. HPLT is a painless, safe and side effect free treatment for the relief of neuro-musculoskeletal pain. There are many studies that show the effectiveness of laser therapy to promote rapid healing of a wound or injury.
HPLT is a technological advancement to the older Low Level Laser Therapy or Cold Laser Therapy as it has the ability to deliver vastly larger amounts of healing light energy to much greater depths of penetration as well as being able to treat a vastly larger surface area than its predecessors. Results come from the laser’s ability to “bio-stimulate” tissue growth and repair. This results in accelerated wound healing as well as a dramatic decrease in pain, inflammation and scar tissue formation. Unlike all other treatment modalities, a laser treatment actually “heals” tissue. The laser’s superior results come from its ability to deliver healing laser energy to the targeted tissues.
How does it work?
Biological Effects of Therapeutic Lasers
Laser therapy aims to bio-stimulate injured and dysfunctional tissues. Clinical studies and trials of Class III & IV laser technology indicate the following beneficial effects of light therapy on tissues and cells.
Laser therapy has a high beneficial effect on nerve cells which block pain transmitted by these cells to the brain and which decreases nerve sensitivity.
Also, due to less inflammation, there is less edema and less pain. Another pain blocking mechanism involves the production of high levels of pain killing chemicals such as endorphins and enkephalin’s from the brain and adrenal gland.
Accelerated Tissue Repair and Cell Growth
Photons of light from lasers penetrate deeply into tissue and accelerate cellular reproduction and growth.
Therapeutic lasers increase the energy available to the cell so that the cell can take on nutrients faster and get rid of waste products.
As a result of exposure to laser energy, the regenerative cells of tendons, bone, ligaments and muscles repair disruption faster.
Improved Nerve Function
Slow recovery of nerve functions in damaged tissue can result in numbness and impaired limbs.
Laser light will speed up the process of nerve cell reconnection and increase the amplitude of action potentials to optimize muscle action.
Laser light therapy has an anti-edemic effect as it causes vasodilation, but also because it activates the lymphatic drainage system (drains swollen areas).
As a result, there is a reduction in swelling caused by bruising or inflammation.
Improved Vascular Activity
Laser light will significantly increase the formation of new capillaries in damaged tissue that speeds up the healing process, closes wounds quickly and reduces scar tissue.
Increased Metabolic Activity
Laser therapy creates higher outputs of specific enzymes, greater oxygen and good particle loads for blood cells.
Reduced Fibrous Tissue Formation
LLLT reduces the formation of scar tissue following damage from cuts, scratches, burns and surgery.
Faster Wound Healing
Laser light stimulates fibroblast development (fibroblasts are the building blocks of collagen, which is predominant in wound healing) in damaged tissue.
Collagen is the essential protein required to replace old tissue or to repair tissue injuries.
As a result, laser therapy is effective on open wounds and burns are repaired faster
What conditions respond well to therapeutic laser therapy?
Studies over the last 35 years have shown clear evidence that therapeutic lasers are highly effective on both chronic and acute conditions including neck and back pain, tendonitis, sports injuries, tennis elbow and repetitive strain injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome. In the area of skin care therapeutic laser therapy has been shown to have a positive effect on acne, eczema, scars and keloids as well as fine wrinkles. Exciting new research is also proving the benefit of therapeutic lasers on such conditions as fibromyalgia, migraines, vertigo, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Conditions Treated With High Power Laser Therapy
Acute Pain (traumatic) Arthritis
Bulging Disc Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
Chronic Pain Herniated Disc
Herpes Simplex/Shingles Hip Pain
Injuries from Auto Accidents Joint Pain
Knee Pain Neck and Back pain
Neuropathy Non-healing ulcers
Repetitive Stress Injury (RSI) Sciatica
Shoulder Pain Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft Tissue Swelling Sport Injuries
Sprains/Strains Tarsal Tunnel
Tendonitis Tennis/Golf elbow
Is it safe?
Therapeutic laser therapy passes through the skin and does not cut the skin as a surgical laser does. The surgical laser relies more on heat to cut and cauterize tissue. Although a therapeutic laser produces some heat the major benefit is due to the energy effect. The therapeutic laser is non-invasive. No complications or detrimental side effects have been published in over 35 years of therapeutic laser history. Some contraindications exist such as using the laser and over a pregnant abdomen or a cancerous area. Dr. Mane will discuss any issues of concern with you during your consultation.
I’ve tried a cold laser (Class III) previously, what’s the difference?
Over the last decade the trend has been to increase the power of lasers in order to be able to deliver more energy with greater efficiency and treat deeper structures (such as herniated disc and spinal stenosis) which previously could not be reached with lower level lasers. Our laser can penetrate and reach target tissues at depths of 6 to 8 inches. This enables us to treat almost any tissue in the body with this modality. Our laser delivers approximately 1500 times more power than your typical class III. In summation, our laser delivers larger doses of power and deeper penetration in order to more efficiently treat your condition.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments will depend upon the health of the patient and the condition that needs treatment. Many patients feel complete or substantial relief of pain after 1 to 3 treatments. The average acute pain patient receives 3 to 10 treatments. Chronic conditions and neuropathy usually require more treatments. Treatment duration normally varies from 5 to 30 minutes depending on the condition and the areas that need to be treated.
Will my insurance cover this?
We will be happy to verify your insurance coverage for you. Unfortunately, we have found that usually this is not a covered service. We do offer financing if you condition requires extended treatment.