K Laser Provider-Therapy Pittsburgh PA
K-LASER THERAPY, PA
K-Laser provider technological enhancements:
Cold lasers have been used to promote healing and for pain management for over a decade. K-Laser is a fantastic example of current generation devices. Another great example is Multi-wave Locked System (MLS) laser therapy. In particular, K-Laser offers the following:
- Modulating and Continuous frequencies. Different treatment settings can optimize tissue healing, immediate pain control, or offer a mix of both.
- Variable wavelength beam. Longer wavelength settings optimize tissue penetration. Shorter wavelengths sacrifice penetration for energy intensity.
- Enhanced SuperPulse Mode for added treatment depth. This allows highly beneficial shorter wavelengths to penetrate further with no additional risk.
- Higher peak power settings. This safely delivers higher levels of laser energy to the target tissue. As an added benefit, treatment time is reduced.
- Pre-set Treatment Modes. Our system presets are clinician-designed. They offer enhanced treatment consistency, and make switching between patients simple.
Patient Benefits: what can K-Laser do for you?
K-Laser Therapy is used to provide healing tissue with light-mediated bio-stimulation. This triggers the healing response. What this means specifically is:
- Increased protein synthesis. This includes collagen and elastin, both associated with firm, healthy tissue.
- Reduced scar tissue formation. By promoting an efficient, complete healing response scar formation is kept to a minimum. This makes K-Laser useful for the proper healing of surgical incisions.
- Enhanced circulation. No form of healing is possible without an adequate blood supply. K-Laser Therapy increases the process of neo-vascularization. This is the scientific term for the growth of new microscopic arteries and veins. Note that an inadequate blood supply is a perpetuating factor in many chronic injuries. K-Laser helps break the cycle of incomplete healing and re-injury by promoting a healthy blood supply in healing tissue.
- Decreased pain response. K-Laser Therapy has been shown to reduce the levels of several inter-cellular markers of the pain and inflammation response. These include naturally occurring chemicals such as bradykinin, substance-p, and various histamine-class compounds. In many cases this corresponds with an acute reduction in pain and swelling.
- Increased endorphin response. K-Laser has also been shown to stimulate the release of endorphins. These function in the body as naturally-produced pain relieving compounds.
What happens at the cellular level during K-Laser treatment?
All cellular activity is fueled by the compound Adenosine Tri-Phosphate (ATP). This high-energy compound is produced within structures known as mitochondria, found within each cell. This over-arching process is known as cellular metabolism.
The infra-red energy delivered by K-Laser increases the production of ATP. This directly increases cellular metabolism. Other vital inter-cellular processes such as nutrient transport and waste elimination are positively impacted as well. A robust, enhanced healing response is the desired effect.
Put another way, K-Laser is able to normalize function at the cellular level. As this occurs, chronically damaged tissue can return to its normal state. From a patient perspective this means reduced levels of pain and inflammation. Ultimately, this leads to accelerated healing and a higher peak level of function.
When is K-Laser therapy indicated?
K-Laser and other Class IV “cold” lasers have long been used by the allied healthcare professions. They have proven useful in treating many different injury types, both acute and chronic. In particular, K-Laser has proven invaluable in treating stubborn ligament injuries and other soft-tissue damage. A non-exhaustive list of conditions for which K-Laser is indicated include:
- Mild-moderate sprains and strains.
- Cervical (neck) and lumbar (lower-back) pain.
- Arthritis pains.
- Degenerative Disc Disease.
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS).
- Peripheral neuropathy and other types of nerve pain.
- Headaches, including tension headaches, cluster headaches, and migraines.
- Tempo-mandibular joint (TMJ) pain / TMJ injuries.
- Minor scrapes, cuts, and burns.
- Contusions and bruises.
- Bunions, hammer toes, and other chronic foot malformations.
- Plantar fasciitis
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Pittsburgh Pain the early 1970s, what are now known as Class III lasers were introduced in Europe for medical use. This technology has vastly improved since then, and modern lasers are now widely used in America and are used by medical doctors, podiatrists, chiropractors, physical therapists, and others. Today, these devices are not “cold lasers.”
Quite simply, K- lasers aid in the healing process by both speeding it up and encouraging more complete healing. Present day uses range from helping surgical wounds heal properly to the effective treatment of toenail fungus.
Medical lasers such as the K-Laser, however, truly shine in the treatment of soft tissue conditions—including stubborn injuries to tendons, ligaments, and even spinal discs. These structures often heal slowly and incompletely, and the K-Laser System is one of the only completely non-invasive methods shown to help them heal both better and faster.
The following is a non-exhaustive list of conditions which respond well to K-Laser treatment:
- Sprains and strains of muscles and ligaments
- Stubborn tendon injuries such as tennis elbow and patellar tendonitis
- Chronic hip issues including bursitis and IT band syndrome
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Hairline fractures of bones close to the skin’s surface
- Generalized body aches due to chronic muscle spasm
- Foot conditions like plantar fasciitis
- Deep surgical wounds
- Toenail fungus
- The chronic pain of spinal disc injury, including bulging and degenerated discs
K-Laser treatment frequency:
Daily treatments are often recommended for acute injuries. This is especially true when high levels of pain are involved. For more chronic conditions, treatment is typically indicated at 2-3 times per week. Treatment sessions may be reduced as symptoms improve. In stubborn cases, treatment may continue at once a week for up to 10 weeks.
How many treatments are needed in total?
All individual treatment protocols vary according to patient needs. In general, acute injuries require 6-10 treatments. Understandably, chronic conditions and injuries need more treatment. Chronic pain conditions may necessitate ongoing weekly care to maintain clinical gains. Severe osteoarthritis (wear-and-tear arthritis) is a perfect example.
When do patients begin to experience improvement?
In many cases patients feel immediate relief upon treatment. Other patients start to see positive changes after 2-3 treatments. It is difficult to predict when improvement will start, yet most patients eventually respond positively to K-Laser. This isn’t to say that K-Laser is effective on all conditions. Even so, one of its most impressive aspects is the breadth and depth of conditions it can treat..
Does K-Laser work well in conjunction with other treatment modalities?
In a word, yes. K-Laser is a highly effective adjunct therapy. It can fit easily into almost any physical treatment protocol. The most obvious pairing is with physical therapy (PT) and occupational therapy (OT). K-Laser can also enhance chiropractic care, massage therapy, therapeutic ultrasound, and electrical stim treatments.
Is K-Laser treatment painful? What does it actually feel like?
First note that treatment with the K-Laser is never painful. Most patients describe a soothing, warming sensation over the treated area. Some experience a mild, pleasant tingling sensation. In many cases the pain from acute or chronic injuries is reduced almost immediately, and throughout the 3-9 minute treatment.
What risks are associated with K-Laser? What side-effects?
On the whole, K-Laser therapy is extremely safe. This impressive safety record is another primary advantage of the K-Laser system.
With this being said, K-Laser is still a Class-IV laser device. It must never be used directly on the eyes. Special protective lenses must be used whenever treatment is performed near the eyes. This prevents retinal damage, which is entirely avoidable yet can be permanent.
In rare cases pain may increase following K-Laser treatment. This is a temporary (and ultimately harmless) part of the healing process. As treatment progresses symptoms will subside as usual.
Is K-Laser the right treatment for my acute or chronic condition or injury?
No single treatment works for all conditions and all patients, nor is treatment always needed. The most minor injuries and conditions heal just fine without intervention. When this isn’t the case, K-Laser therapy can be used to enhance the healing response. Clinically, this can mean the difference between an injury healing completely and becoming an ongoing problem. K-Laser also has the ability to improve or resolve chronic conditions. As a general rule, if what you’re doing isn’t working then K-Laser can be a safe and effective choice. The potential benefits are large, while the potential risks are virtually non-existent.
When were medical lasers (like K-Laser) developed? How long have they been around?
- Devices which resembled modern cold-lasers first appeared in Europe in 1967. In the early 1980s improved versions began to see sporadic use in America. The first truly medical grade Class III lasers were FDA cleared for general use in 2002, and in 2003 the first Class IV cosmetic lasers (used for applications such as tattoo removal) were cleared. Today, our Pittsburgh K-Laser treatment patients enjoy access to exceptionally high quality lasers in both categories.
How does K-Laser work?
- K-Laser both speeds and improves healing in two very specific ways, and many of our Cranberry K-Laser herniated disc and post-surgical patients attribute their complete healing solely to this treatment. The first has to do with cellular energy production. When exposed to Class III laser light, cells produce more ATP, the energy rich chemical responsible for nearly all cellular activities—including healing.
- In the case of connective tissue injuries such as sprains, strains, bursitis, and tendonitis K-Laser goes even further. Soft tissue structures like ligaments and tendons have an extremely poor blood supply, and K-Laser is one of the only treatments (either invasive or non-invasive) which improves blood supply by encouraging new capillary growth. Capillaries are the smallest type of blood vessel responsible for bringing oxygen-rich blood to every cell in the body. Many of our Moon Twp K-Laser patients credit their recovery from partial tendon tears to this unique therapy.
Can K-Laser effectively treat toenail fungus?
- Yes. Wexford K-Laser toenail fungus patients have found this treatment effective after everything else has failed.
Do many facilities have access to Class III laser systems such as K-Laser.
- No. K-Laser is steadily growing in popularity, however our locations occasionally bring in Center Twp K-Laser patients and others who travel considerable distances for access to this technology.
What are possible contraindications for K-Laser treatment? Are there any patients which K-Laser shouldn’t be used on?
- No. K-Laser, and Class III lasers in general, have proven completely safe across all patient and condition types.
- FDA approved to treat Chronic Plantar Fasciitis, and works great on Achilles tendonitis, it has long been known that these two structures are very similar in both structure and function. Although an off label use, we have had great success treating the achilles tendon with a single 20 minute ESWT procedure. The key is using a high intensity ultrasound guided machine. This allows us to jump start your healing process in one treatment.
Call today to start your “heel healing” process! To schedule an appointment call 878-313-3338
Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Evenings and weekend available for emergencies
K Laser Treatments: at Body Beautiful for areas of your body above the lower leg!
- Body Aches and Pains
- Foot pain – Shinsplints, Plantar Fasciitis, etc.
- Hairline Fractures
- Toenail Fungus
- Treating sprains (wrists or ankles)
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Joint Stiffness or Knots
- Overextended ligaments or tendons
- Phantom Pains (such as in a removed limb)
- Sciatica, Bursitis, Herniated, Bulged or Degenerative Discs
- Musculoskeletal conditions like lower-back pain