Inflammation plays an important role in health and healing. When you suffer an injury or a pathogen enters your body, the inflammation response sends various types of white blood cells to the scene to kill germs, flush out debris, and begin the healing process.
But when inflammation overstays its welcome, it becomes part of the problem. Inflammation not only goes hand-in-hand with chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and arthritis, but it’s the primary source of pain in both acute and chronic injuries and illnesses.
At Nebben Physical Medicine in Clarksville, Tennessee, our board-certified specialists take inflammation seriously and use the most advanced technology to combat it. Drug-free K-laser therapy is one of our most effective treatments to eliminate swelling and pain.
If you’re wondering if K-laser therapy is right for you, here’s a closer look at how it works and what it treats.
Our K-laser therapy, a type of photobiomodulation, is a noninvasive, painless technology in which low-level laser light energy penetrates your skin and targets inflamed tissues. Photons interact with chromophores in your cells, triggering a chain reaction at the molecular level that:
The K-laser photons cause your blood vessels to dilate, which makes it easier to flush away inflammation. The lasers also affect your lymph nodes and promote better drainage.
Although these are processes your body already performs, the K-laser gives them a boost to increase the anti-inflammatory response.
It’s always best to seek treatment as soon as you have an injury or discover an illness, but we know that some musculoskeletal pain is chronic and that you may have been living with it for a long time. That’s okay, K-laser therapy works on both types.
If you’ve sprained your ankle, broken a bone, or dislocated your shoulder, we include K-laser therapy in your treatment and rehabilitation plan. The sooner the inflammation subsides, the sooner your tissues heal, your pain abates, and your function returns.
However, if you suffer from long-term pain associated with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, tendinitis, fibromyalgia, or lupus, K-laser therapy can get to the source of your pain — inflammation — without any of the concerns or side effects of medication.
K-laser therapy isn’t only painless, it may actually feel good. Our patients often say they feel nothing at all, but some describe a gentle, warm sensation. The treatment only takes about 10 minutes, depending on the size of the area to be treated and the depth of the treatment.
Most patients report a quick and dramatic decrease in pain immediately after treatment. It may take several sessions of K-laser therapy to relieve your inflammation and pain completely. Our team lets you know what to expect from your customized treatment plan.
To learn more about K-laser therapy and find out if it can get rid of your inflammation-related pain, call Nebben Physical Medicine today or book your appointment online.