Sports related injuries are a common cause of impairment in athletes affecting performance and enjoyment of their sport. Helping athletes excel depends on the proper management of injuries in order to reduce chances of disability. Whatever the favoured approach to care, laser therapy should be considered as an important part of the treatment protocol, as it has been shown to improve the healing process and reduce the recovery time of injuries.
A quick recovery is a must with the competitive athlete who does not want to lose his/her edge, or the young athlete that can’t wait to get back to the game. Common injuries effectively treated with laser therapy include acute traumas and repetitive stress injuries, such as ankle sprains commonly associated with basketball, knee and shoulder injuries in hockey, muscle strains, plantar fasciitis and shin splints with runners, along with shoulder injuries sustained with gym-based exercising.
These injuries account for a significant percentage of time loss from training, and are especially prevalent during times of increased competition. In particular, knee injuries, including meniscus tears, ligament and muscular traumas, are common conditions routinely faced by various practitioners in the field of sports injuries.
Based on the above, laser therapy should be seriously considered in mild to moderate levels of injury. Early intervention with appropriate care is the key to an early return to physical activity.
The comprehensive development of Class 3 Laser Therapy is founded on the evidence that specific wavelengths of light can activate physiological processes within the cells, which benefit the organism. The laser has both cellular and systemic effects, activating a variety of mechanisms including cartilaginous regeneration, DNA synthesis and improved micro-circulation, and has both an analgesic and an anti-inflammatory effect.
The regeneration of healthy tissue can be initiated and supplemented by accelerating cellular activities, which provide pathways to healing. At the clinical level, patient expectations can be exceeded by implementing treatment protocols that generate prompt resolution of symptoms, thus the induction of normal cellular function and optimized well being.
Patients treated with laser therapy experience pain relief, improved mobility, and improved tolerance to activity (functional capacity). Moreover, throughout this process, no adverse reactions have been observed to date. Clearly, the time for innovative, effective technologies has arrived, and Class 3 Laser Therapy is becoming entrenched as a reliable alternative to more aggressive interventions, or as an additional therapy to enhance the effectiveness of various forms of treatments. Injuries in general will benefit from new approaches on the part of care givers, with patients benefiting accordingly.