CLASS 4 ORTHOPAEDIC LASER. A SURGEONS' PERSPECTIVE
EXTRACTED ARTICLE WRITTEN BY WORLD RENOWNED MD PHYSICIAN & SURGEON DR J MERCOLA - A WORLD LEADING EXPERT IN MEDICAL RESEARCH / NY BEST SELLER
Have An Acute Injury/Condition? BEFORE You Consider Surgery take a Series of Infrared Class 4 Laser treatments with a Musculoskeletal Physician.
When it comes to doing Orthopaedic Laser (class 4) treatment, a higher-powered surgical grade laser (Class 4) provides two benefits:
A therapeutic dose of laser light can be applied to a much larger volume of tissue
By shining that brighter light at the surface, photons of light are able to penetrate deeper into the tissues, which allows you to treat deep-seated pain conditions
HEALTH BENEFITS OF CLASS 4 Orthopaedic-LASER
Three things happen during Class 4 Laser Treatment.
First, infrared laser therapy treatment helps reduce pain, reduce inflammation, and enhance tissue healing—both in hard and soft tissues, including muscles, ligaments, or even bones.
“When we look at the basic mechanism of how it works, we are enhancing the microcirculation. We are getting more red blood cells flowing to the area,” Dr. Harrington explains from Class 4 K Laser.
"But it’s not just the arterial blood supply to the area; we are enhancing the venous and the lymphatic return from the area. We’re also increasing oxygenation of those tissues. We are stimulating the haemoglobin molecule to dump off oxygen at the treatment site, so we are increasing the oxygenation of those tissues.”
The treatment stimulates the cytochrome oxidase enzyme in the cells’ mitochondria. This is really one of the key discoveries in the whole science of laser therapy. Specifically, injured cells are targeted because damaged cells are more readily accepting of photons of light, whereas healthy cells don’t need this extra energy.
“By stimulating the cytochrome oxidase enzyme, we are utilising that oxygen in the respiratory chain inside of the mitochondria, producing more ATP for that cell. So regardless of what kind of cell it is, it’s going to function at a higher level. Now, we are not turbocharging. We’re not making your body do anything that it could not normally do. We’re just facilitating the process. We are helping those cells produce the energy that they normally would, so they can function as they normally should,” he explains.
You can have the best diet and exercise program in the world, but as most of us are painfully aware, it doesn’t take much to develop an injury from an accident that you were not responsible for. Many times surgery will be recommended to repair or replace joints. There are certainly many times when surgery is appropriate and needs to be performed and we should be VERY grateful we have access to this tool, but more often than not it is inappropriately recommended because of lack of awareness of other effective options, including the healing power of lasers.
The laser is typically a tiny fraction of the cost of surgery and virtually has no side effects, unlike surgery. Class 4 laser therapy can be effectively combined with a number of other treatment modalities, including various soft tissue, (skeletal alignment ) mobilisation techniques.
“Another technique or modality that it’s used together with [laser therapy] is spinal decompression. When a person has a bulging or a herniated disc, by running the laser on the lower back, we are reducing the inflammation internally; we are reducing the cytokines (the tissue irritants in the body), and we are helping to stimulate the blood flow in the area to help that decompression treatment help to heal up that damaged disc,” Dr. Harrington says. “Another interesting area – this is one that we’re just at the forefront of – is both human and animal practitioners are using the laser together with either the platelet-rich plasma injections or with stem cell therapy. We’re just at the beginning of discovering the benefits of those things together.”
Examples of the types of injuries that this kind of laser therapy can be particularly helpful for include:
Acute injuries, such as strains, sprains, and shoulder injuries
Repetitive-use injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome
Traumatic injuries, such as post-motor vehicle accident with cervical strain/sprain
Any Chronic pain or stiffness issues - such as frozen shoulder and arthritis
To me, at this point in time, it would almost be medical negligence bordering on medical malpractice not to try laser treatment before prescribing drugs or surgery.
We know Vioxx killed 60,000 people, and that was just an anti-inflammatory, which doesn’t in any way, shape, or form treat the cause of the problem. It was just a symptomatic Band Aid that killed 60,000 people. Similarly, the effects of surgery are typically irreversible, for better or worse.
When we talk a little bit about how the laser works, one effect that we’re getting is vasodilation of the tissues and also a lot of release of the tissue irritants in the area. If we’re treating a patient that has a lot of myofascial trigger points, a lot of metabolic waste products, and we give them a Class 4 Laser treatment, a couple of hours afterwards they might be a little bit sore. It’s absolutely not any tissue damage going on; it’s because we’re causing the release of all of those metabolic waste products that were locked up in the muscle... Just [drink] a little bit of extra water to help flush that out.”
All therapy lasers are FDA-cleared medical devices, Interestingly, the FDA does not recognise the bio-stimulatory effects of laser therapy. They see it simply as an infrared-heating device. So if you were to look up the FDA clearance for the CLASS 4 Laser, you’d find it described as an infrared lamp for topical heating for temporary relief of muscle spasms and joint stiffness. Even so, the vast majority of people seeking laser therapy do present pain as a symptom. It’s just that the laser actually has beneficial effects over and beyond what the FDA recognises.
A typical treatment session can take anywhere from five to 20 minutes, dependent on your injury or condition.
In terms of how many treatments will be required before the actual condition is resolved or the pain relief is really achieved, this can vary widely, depending on your condition. Typically, pain relief will be achieved long before the condition itself is healed, so it’s important to remember that the absence of pain does not equal the presence of health. According to Dr. Harrington, the vast majority of conditions require six to 12 treatments over a 2 to 8 week period of time.
“When you look at a pain condition that you’ve been suffering from for years, and you can get it resolved with just a few hundred dollars’ worth of Class 4 Laser treatments, that’s well worth it,” Dr. Harrington says.
Humans aren’t the only ones that can benefit from laser therapy. Veterinarians are able to use medical devices as they see fit, and some veterinarians, especially holistic vets like Dr. Karen Becker, swear by class 4 laser therapy.
“Yes, it’s going to work for any of the arthritic conditions – hip dysplasia, intervertebral disc disease in dachshunds, for example. Looking at the little dachshund (where the pet owner had brought him in, planning to put him down because his back legs were useless) get a few Class 4 Laser treatments, and the little dog is up and running around again. Some of those stories are really heartwarming,” Dr. Harrington says.
DR J MERCOLA MD SURGEON / Internationally acclaimed medical researcher speaker - Best selling NY Times Author.