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Conditions Which Can Benefit from Laser Therapy

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome / Repetitive Motion Injuries of the Hand and Wrist

Diabetic Neuropathy

Disc Bulges and Herniated Discs

Neuropathy (Nerve Pain)

Pinched Nerves

Plantar Fasciitis (Fascitis)

Rotator Cuff Tears / Shoulder Injuries

Sciatica or Pinched Sciatic Nerve

TMJ Dysfunction (Temporomandibular Dysfunction) / Jaw Pain

Tendonitis including Biceps Tendonitis, Achilles Tendonitis, Elbow Tendonitis

Arthritis (Osteoarthritis)

Low Back Pain

Neck Pain and Headaches

Muscle Sprains including Groin Pulls and Hamstring Tears

Ligaments Strains including Medial and Lateral Collateral Ligament Injuries / Anterior and Posterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries

Injuries of the Knee Meniscus

Shoulder and Hip Bursitis

Ankle Sprains

Fibromyalgia

Rotator Cuff Injuries::
Class IV High Power Laser Therapy (HPLT) Treatment

The Rotator Cuff muscles (four muscles in total) are the primary support structures for the shoulder. Therefore, even minor dysfunction associated with these muscles can create significant pain and disability including shoulder pain, arm weakness, and decreased athletic performance.

Severe Rotator Cuff injury often irritates the many nerves that pass through the shoulder joint causing a pinched nerve. This is commonly called a Rotator Cuff Impingement Syndrome and is often associated with symptoms such as numbness, tingling and sharp, shooting pain into the arm or hand.

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A Rotator Cuff problem can be caused by many everyday activities. These activities include traumatic events (e.g. fall on an outstretched arm, “yanking” of the arm), repetitive motions (e.g. throwing a ball, weightlifting, swimming) and chronic, improper postures (e.g. operating a computer, driving).

There are three major types of Rotator Cuff injury all of which respond well to Class IV High Power Laser Therapy (HPLT):

1. Rotator Cuff Muscle Tears: Partial muscle tears of one or more of the four Rotator Cuff muscles. Rotator Cuff muscle tears are often accompanied by deep achy pain in the shoulder and arm weakness.

2. Tendonitis or Tendonosis: All muscles have tendons where they attach to bones. Inflammation of these tendons is called Tendonitis or Tendonosis. The symptoms of a Rotator Cuff Tendonitis are often similar to that of a Rotator Cuff Muscle Tear: deep, achy pain in the shoulder and arm weakness.

3. Rotator Cuff Impingement Syndrome: Chronic injury of the Rotator Cuff can lead to a “pinching” of the nerves passing through the shoulder. This is commonly referred to as a Shoulder Impingement or Rotator Cuff Impingement. Symptoms often include numbness, tingling or sharp, shooting pain into the arm or hand.

Class IV High Power Laser Therapy Treatment for Rotator Cuff Injuries

Fortunately, all three types of Rotator Cuff Injury respond well to Class IV High Power Laser Therapy (HPLT).

1) Rotator Cuff Muscle Tears and Class IV High Power Laser Therapy (HPLT)

The Problem: Torn Muscle Leads to Torn Arteries and Capillaries

Blood vessels that carry blood to the injured portion of the muscle are also torn along with the muscle fibers. Think of it like this: The ambulance can’t get to the scene of an accident because it is stuck in the traffic jam caused by the accident.

The injured muscle tissue depends on the oxygen and glucose that are delivered to the injury site. They are then converted to a form of energy (called ATP) that the body uses to repair the damage. In simplest terms it can be described this way:

NO OXYGEN + NO GLUCOSE ⇒ NO ENERGY ⇒ NO HEALING.

The Solution: Laser Therapy Bypasses the Blood Stream to Deliver Energy Directly to the Torn Muscles

Class IV High Power Laser Therapy bypasses the blood stream altogether and delivers the much-needed energy directly into the powerhouses (mitochondria) of the injured muscle cells. The focused, high-energy infrared waves stimulate the mitochondria to produce the vitally important healing energy called ATP. The photochemical process does not rely on oxygen or glucose and, therefore, completely bypasses the arterial “highway” that was damaged as a result of the Rotator Cuff muscle tear. We can simplify this concept as follows:

LASER STIMULATION OF MITOCHONDRIA ⇒ ENERGY PRODUCTION (ATP) ⇒ HEALING

Call our office at (949) 857-1888 to find out if Class IV High Power Laser Therapy can help you.

2) Tendonitis / Tendonosis and Class IV High Power Laser Therapy (HPLT)

The Problem: Tendons Have Notoriously Poor Blood Supplies

Muscles are attached to bones via tendons. Contraction of the muscle pulls on the tendon acting as a lever to move the bone.

Unfortunately, tendons have notoriously poor blood supplies. While muscles can be fed by several different arteries located outside the muscle, the tendon can only be fed by blood from within the muscle that it is attached to. This means that any problem, especially inflammation as seen in tendonitis, will “block” this blood vessel. This will starve the tendon of oxygen and glucose. A starving tendon can’t heal.

Think of it like this: The ambulance can’t get to the scene of an accident because it is stuck in the traffic jam caused by the accident.

The injured muscle tissue depends on the oxygen and glucose that are delivered to the injury site by the blood stream. They are then converted to a form of energy (called ATP) that the body uses to repair the damage. In simplest terms it can be described this way:

NO OXYGEN + NO GLUCOSE ⇒ NO ENERGY ⇒ NO HEALING.

The Solution: Laser Therapy Bypasses the Poor Blood Supply and Delivers Energy Directly to the Injured Tendon Cells

Class IV High Power Laser Therapy bypasses the blood stream altogether and delivers the much-needed energy directly into the powerhouses (mitochondria) of the injured tendon cells. The focused, high-energy infrared waves stimulate the mitochondria to produce the vitally important healing energy called ATP. The photochemical process does not rely on oxygen or glucose and, therefore, completely bypasses the arterial “highway” that was damaged as a result of the Rotator Cuff Tendonitis. We can simplify this concept as follows:

LASER STIMULATION OF MITOCHONDRIA ⇒ ENERGY PRODUCTION (ATP) ⇒ HEALING

Call our office at (949) 857-1888 to find out if Class IV High Power Laser Therapy can help you.

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3) Rotator Cuff Impingement and Class IV High Power Laser Therapy (HPLT)

The Problem: Nerves Don’t Have an External Blood Supply

Serious Rotator Cuff injuries can lead to a painful nerve condition called Rotator Cuff Impingement Syndrome.
Unlike other tissues in the body, nerves do not have an external blood supply. Therefore, the blood vessels that are responsible for feeding the nerve itself are actually located WITHIN the nerve. This makes the nerve VERY vulnerable to both trauma and repetitive motion injuries. When the nerve becomes impinged the blood supply that feeds the nerve also becomes “pinched off”. Without this blood the cell does not receive the supply of oxygen and glucose that is needed to power the healing process.

In other words:

NO OXYGEN + NO GLUCOSE ⇒ NO ENERGY ⇒ NO HEALING.

The Solution: Laser Therapy is Like LifeFlight for Impinged Nerves

A Rotator Cuff Nerve Impingement is similar to a bad car accident on the freeway where emergency crews must travel through heavy traffic before they can offer assistance. The freeway can be compared to the nerve’s blood supply and the emergency crew represents the body’s ability to heal itself. There are two primary challenges to the emergency workers, 1) the injured individuals can’t be helped until the traffic jam is cleared, and 2) the traffic can’t be cleared away until the damaged vehicles are removed. As you can see with this example it would likely take a very long time before rescue crews are able to help out.

However, in the real world we have a better option, Life Flight – a helicopter that bypasses the traffic and goes directly to the site of the accident to heal the sick and injured. The Cellular Medicine equivalent to Life Flight is Class IV High Power Laser Therapy.

Class IV High Power Laser Therapy does not rely upon the blood stream to deliver its healing resources. Laser therapy delivers the necessary energy directly to the powerhouses of the nerve cell (known as the mitochondria) to jump-start the healing process. The focused, high-energy light waves stimulate the mitochondria to produce the vitally important ATP. This photochemical process completely bypasses the arterial “highway” that was damaged as a result of the Rotator Cuff Impingement. In simplest terms this process can be described as such:

LASER STIMULATION OF MITOCHONDRIA ⇒ ENERGY PRODUCTION (ATP) ⇒ HEALING

Call our office at (949) 857-1888

to find out if Class IV High Power Laser Therapy can help you.

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