New Research Supporting Low Level Laser Therapy for Treatment of Car Accident Injuries

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Sport and Spine Rehab uses the latest in low level laser technology to treat car accident injuries.  We have seen great improvement in many of our patients and we continue to see more research being published supporting the effectiveness of low level laser therapy.

A two year study published by the Ontario Protocol for Traffic Injury Management Collaboration (OPTIMC) shows that low level laser therapy is an effective and important treatment for patients suffering from neck and shoulder pain as a result of a car accident.

The study shows that low level laser therapy is recommended for both mild and severe cases of whiplash.  Laser intervention can speed the recovery time for more severe whiplash classified as Type II.  “Type II typically involves a substantial loss of anatomical alignment, structural integrity, psychological, cognitive, and/or physiological functioning.”  It is also just as important to seek treatment for mild cases which can lead to prolonged chronic pain in some patients.

Low level laser therapy is a great treatment option for car accident patients because it produces  no heat, reduces pain and stimulates the healing process at the cellular level. The gentle, non heating laser will not cause any additional physical or psychological stress to patients. It is also a great option for those whose injuries are too severe to tolerate exercises or manual therapies in the very acute stages of their care.  The laser technology can be adjusted to different wavelengths to either inhibit pain or stimulate healing depending on the immediate need and the judgment of the doctor.

The study from OPTIMC suggests that treatment plans consider up to 10-12 sessions over 4 weeks.  The low level laser therapy often takes less than five minutes to administer and can easily be integrated into regular functional rehabilitation appointments.

To watch a video of a real low level laser therapy session, click here.

To learn more about our conservative care approach to treating accident injuries here.

 

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