Laser therapy is an effective method of promoting tissue healing, but standard laser light doesn't go deep enough to be effective for spine and joint problems. Tamer Elbaz, MD, and the team at Pain Physicians NY in Midtown West, Manhattan, have overcome that problem by using intra-articular laser therapy. Intra-articular laser therapy penetrates right into your joints and spinal discs, providing an effective alternative to more invasive treatments. Find out more by calling the New York City office today or scheduling a consultation online.
Laser therapy is a minimally invasive treatment option available at Pain Physicians NY for treating musculoskeletal disorders and chronic pain.
Standard laser therapy has been in use for many years as a method of promoting healing in injured joints and tissues. The laser energy painlessly passes through your skin and into your tissues.
The Pain Physicians NY team uses medical-grade interstitial and intra-articular laser technology, which is significantly more effective than standard laser treatments. Pain Physicians NY was the first practice in the United States to use this form of laser therapy.
Laser therapies work by stimulating your body's anti-inflammatory responses. Intra-articular laser energy reaches deeper into your tissues than standard laser therapy – up to 12 cm. Using fiber-optic technology, intra-articular laser energy passes right into your joints or spine, whereas standard lasers only penetrate the top tissue layers.
Intra-articular laser therapy enables your provider to use blue and green laser light as well as red. Your skin absorbs blue and green lasers, making them ineffective in standard laser therapy. With intra-articular laser therapy, blue and green energy reaches the treatment site for optimal effectiveness.
Different color lasers have different properties. Red lasers promote microcirculation and help increase cell activity. They also stimulate the regeneration of injured tissues and are best for treating chronic spine or joint conditions. Blue and green lasers have an anti-inflammatory effect and are best for acute pain and inflammation.
With intra-articular laser therapy, the Pain Physicians NY team can get the healing laser energy directly to the source of your pain, resulting in a significant therapeutic improvement.
Laser therapy is an effective treatment for numerous musculoskeletal conditions, including:
Your intra-articular laser therapy treatment is an outpatient procedure that takes place in the Pain Physicians NY office. You can also have platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy at the same time as your intra-articular laser therapy.
PRP is a natural product that your provider extracts from your blood. It contains growth factors that promote healing and production of new cells. Your provider can inject the PRP into the damaged tissues to boost your body's healing response to laser therapy.
To find out more about the benefits of intra-articular laser therapy and how it can help you, call Pain Physicians NY today or book an appointment online.