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Laser Therapy and Sport Injuries*

Do you know?

Lance Armstrong got success, seven-time Tour-de-France champion, by having laser therapy on his training program. since the 2000 Tour to next his 2005 win, Armstrong and his group Discovery team mates got laser treatments before and after most of the event’s 21 stages. 

sporting icons such as Tiger Woods, The Miami Heat and The Toronto Maple Leafs use low level laser therapy for the managing of injuries along with other famous athletes such as tennis great, Daniel Nestor, golf sensations Al Balding and Steve Jones, New York Yankees David Wells and hockey players Jamie Allison, Mike Palmateer and Travis Green.

Canadian Optic and Laser Center offers effective treatment programs for sports injuries, getting you back to your activities quickly. Laser therapy and exercise are exclusively combined to enable healing and prevent re-injury.

 

What are Sports Injuries?

Sports injuries are usually caused by an acute trauma, such as a fall or hard contact with another athlete, or misuse of the body throughout the sport activity.65% of all sports injuries are categorized as sprains or strains.

Sprains are injuries to a ligament (tissue that connects bones). They typically happen from a sudden fall, twist or a shock that forces the joint out of its regular position producing the ligament to be overstretched or torn.Symptoms include pain, joint tenderness, swelling, warmth, and difficulty moving the injured joint.

Strainsareinjuries to a muscle or tendon (tissue that connects muscle to bone). It can be produced by overstretching a muscle or tendon, inappropriate lifting, or repetitive movement of muscles or tendons. Symptoms of strain include muscle stiffness or soreness and may also include swelling, cramping and inflammation.

Some common examples of sports injuries include:Tennis elbow, Golfers Elbow, Shin Splints, Shoulder Injuries, Stress Fractures, Achilles tendonitis,Runners Knee

The trauma of sports injuries causesharm to the cells that structure the soft tissues. These damaged cells release chemicals that start a natural inflammatory reaction in the body. The consequence is redness, swelling, warmth and pain in the injured area. Persistent or recurrent inflammation can pre-dispose the athlete to early onset of arthritic or degenerative changes in their joints.

 

 

 

What is laser therapy?

Cold or Low Level Laser Therapy reduces both the short terminflammation and long term risk of arthritis frequently related with sports injuries.Laser Therapy is an FDA and Health Canada approval, non-invasive, and non- medical technique for pain relief. Low Level Laser Therapy is the newest in rehabilitative knowledge to heal and repair tissue. All tissue is made of a number of cells. These cells absorb light energy effectually. Laser stimulation promotes normal cell function and enhances the body’s innate healing process.

 

The effects of laser therapy include:

 

·            Decreased inflammation

·            Increased blood flow to the injured site

·            Reduced pain

·            Minimized formation of scar tissue

·            Growth of new, healthy tissues

·            Applied immediately after injury

·            Can be used over metal plates, rods or pins

·            Decreased need for pharmaceuticals, such as painkillers and anti-inflammatory Medications

·            Speeds up recovery time

What are the benefits of Laser Therapy?

·            Non-toxic and leaves no residual by products in the body, making it perfectly safe to use in any sports setting

·            Non-invasive and leaves no residual by products in the body, making it perfectly safe to use in any sports setting

·            Is not considered a sports banned substance in any country

·            Can have profound effects on healing and preventing the return of tendonitis, a common condition athletes are plagued with

·            Can speed up post-surgical recovery and can help with soft tissue healing around broken bones.

·            Safe and without side effect.

·            Cost effective

·            May prevent need for surgery

·            Can provide a superior alternative to medication.

Many famous athletes and professional sports teams use laser therapy to keep their investments at peak performance. Cold laser is the most widely proven.Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) has helped people worldwide manage pain and facilitate healing. Widely used as a proven sport injury treatment, LLLT has been the chosen method of treatment for the Toronto Raptors, Blue Jays and Maple Leafs.

 

* The results may vary from person to person.