Here is more background info about how we utilize cold laser therapy in our clinic.
We make it a point to typically use three different cold laser devices (of our four categories of cold laser devices) on each patient during each LLLT treatment.
*No one laser device can cure every condition, contrary to what many cold laser manufacturers WILL claim. Therefore, we have assembled an army of many different affordable low level laser therapy devices to use depending on the individual needs of each particular patient.
A few of Dr. Todd’s typical LLLT protocols:
1) The patient has an acute shoulder injury with much tenderness on palpation.
- Therefore I would first use my LLLT device that is best for quickly reducing inflammation.
- Secondly, I would use my LLLT device that’s best for reducing muscle spasms.
- And lastly, I would finish up with my LLLT device that’s best for treating joint, bone and nerve issues.
2) The patient has a chronic arthritic “deep” shoulder joint pain, without any associated muscle spasms.
- I would first use my LLLT device that is best for quickly reducing inflammation.
- Then I would utilize my LLLT device that’s best for treating nerve, joint and bone issues.
- Finally, I would wrap up the treatment with one of my deepest penetrating super-pulsed LLLT devices that reaches 5 cm into the arthritic joint.
3) The patient has a sub-acute shoulder joint pain, with some associated muscle spasm and pain on palpation.
- First off, I would utilize my LLLT device that is best for muscles, tendons & ligaments.
- Then I would utilize my LLLT device that’s best for treating the joints, nerves and bones.
- Thirdly, I would treatment with my super-pulsed LLLT devices that reaches deepest into the joint in question.
Obviously, those clinic’s that only own a single LLLT device are usually stuck with using the same device (ie, same wavelength and power level) on every single patient no matter what the main complaint is. Unfortunately, that type of treatment approach is going to lower their success rate. This is just one more reason why I think it’s foolish to spend anywhere from $14,000 to $20,000 on a single cold laser, when you’ll obviously need MORE THAN ONE cold laser device to get OUTSTANDING results on a regular basis!
For that reason, we utilize LLLT devices in the following wavelengths:
- 600’s (visible red light) InGaAlP lasers,
- 800’s (very near infrared light) GaAlAs lasers &
- 900’s (near infrared light) GaAs lasers.
Thus we utilize many different wavelengths. We also use cold laser devices with different power outputs, ranging from a constant 5 milliWatts to a constant 500 mW to our clinic’s newest super-pulsed technology LLLT device that boasts a peak power level of 25 Watts. This last LLLT device delivers an ‘average power output’ in the safe range of 500 mW or less, but with the ability to penetrate 5 centimeters deep.