Laser Therapy for Pain

Specialized Summus® Laser Therapy for Pain Management

Summus red laser therapy for pain management stimulates healing by using red and near-infrared light. The therapy targets specific wavelengths to activate the body’s natural ability to heal. Red laser energy has several proven beneficial effects on the body. It improves healing time, reduces pain, increases circulation, and decreases swelling.

What’s more you can get these benefits without the use of risky drugs or surgery.

Photobiomodulation (PBM) therapy happens when light energy reaches target tissue. This leads to reduced inflammation, pain, and faster healing. When prescribed and performed by a trained doctor, it can effectively treat pain associated with pre-surgical, post-surgical, acute, and chronic diseases. Summus Medical Laser, formerly known as K-Laser, is a leader in pain management. They also excel in tissue repair, offering safe and fast alternative to invasive procedures.

What Is Summus® Laser Therapy for Pain?

Summus Laser is a state-of-the-art Class IV therapy that delivers targeted, non-invasive treatment for post-surgical, acute and chronic pain. Patients are experiencing fast and more complete relief from pain while enhancing their quality of life through this form of laser light therapy. 

When used effectively by your Truspine Chiropractor, Summus is proven to stimulate tissue repair and growth of new healthy cells while reducing pain and inflammation.

Summus Laser Treatment Is:

  • Drug Free
  • Non-invasive
  • FDA Registered
  • Proven Safe & Effective

what is laser therapy for pain?

Laser therapy stimulates damaged cells to produce cellular energy. At the same time it enhances the permeability of the cell membrane

When cells are more permeable, the electrolytes responsible for regulating cellular energy can enter and leave more freely. This enhances circulation and speeds up the exchange of energy, waste, nutrients, and other cellular building blocks. It results in faster and more thorough cell regeneration.

Additionally, it improves the elasticity of injured tissues.

Whether you need laser therapy for back pain or laser therapy for knee pain, the stimulation of laser energy can improve the quality of healing because you’re less likely to re-injure yourself when healing is happening quickly. 

This is why so many professional athletes get laser light therapy for pain and when recovering from injuries.

Laser therapy also modulates pain. This means it can alter the pathways pain signals take. As a result, you feel less intense pain. 

Finally, red light laser therapy can reduce inflammation. 

Because the cells are healing faster, the immune system doesn’t need to flood the area with fluid and immune cells. It can take a more measured response.

It can be used immediately on acute injuries and over metal implants.

Laser therapy improves healing speed and quality for acute injuries. It also aids in resolving chronic complaints like arthritis and nerve pain.

Any given laser therapy session may only take a few passes over the structure. However, it almost always gets better results in one session compared to other musculoskeletal therapies. And in less time!

summus laser therapy for knee

What Is Laser Light Therapy Good For?

Whether you’ve been dealing with a chronic condition or an acute injury, we are here to help you through it. Numerous Studies Show That Laser Therapy Can Reduce Pain Associated with:

how does laser therapy for pain work?

We apply a low level laser for pain at several precise wavelengths (nm) of red light during a session. Each is proven to have a very specific effect on cells.

650 nm

Targets cell receptors that send/receive messages to:

  • Speed up surface healing
  • Enhance cellular regeneration
  • Reduce the need for immune response (inflammation)
  • Shorten healing time
Laser therapy for Pain Management

810 nm

Targets mitochondria to:
  • Increase the rate at which the body can make ATP (quick energy) from Oxygen
  • Speed up cellular energy productions
  • Penetrate more deeply into tissues
  • Stimulate a balanced immune response

915 nm

Targets red blood cells to:
  • Double O2 delivery to tissues
  • Relieve pain
  • Promote healing

980 nm

Targets water in blood to:
  • Improve circulation
  • Further reduce pain
  • Reduce the effects of sickness or injury
  • Speed recovery
  • Improve Lymphatic drainage (removes cellular waste)
  • Cause new and healthier blood vessel formation

980 nm

Targets water in blood to:

  • Prompt Cortisol production is increased (cortisol is the precursor of cortisone). This enables the body to combat the stress associated with trauma or the disease process

How Long Does Treatment Take?

The typical course of treatment is 5-10 minutes. But it depends on the size of the area being treated. 

Daily treatment may be necessary for acute conditions. This is especially true if you have significant pain. Chronic problems typically respond better when the treatments are received 2-3 times per week. 

With each patient, we determine your treatment plan on an individual basis. Laser therapy treatments are applied directly to the skin. That’s because laser light cannot pass through clothing.

You will feel a soothing warmth as the therapy is administered. But this is considered a cold laser therapy for pain. We’re not using a laser that burns the skin.

What Are The Benefits of Laser therapy for Pain?

Laser Therapy assists your body’s natural healing process. It promotes faster healing through photo-bio-modulation. Laser therapy can help patients with acute pain from injuries as well as certain types of chronic pain. 

It’s beneficial for auto, sports, slip-and-fall, and work injuries. It also helps patients with post-surgical pain. 

Is laser treatment the answer to your acute, post-surgical, or chronic pain?  To find out if you’re a candidate for this or another effective treatment, schedule an initial consultation, including a comprehensive evaluation and first treatment.

Laser Therapy for Nerve Pain

Nerve pain (also called Neuropathy) is a complex pain condition.

Nerves are not functioning well. And this results in anywhere from an annoying tingling sensation to debilitating pain. Regardless, the peripheral nervous system is struggling to communicate with the central nervous system because. This could be because of poor circulation, lack of oxygen, nerve cell damage, nutrient  deficiencies, an autoimmune disorder, genetics, or a combination.

Neuropathy requires comprehensive treatment based on the cause. But Summus can be part of the solution because of its ability to increase blood flow, reduce pain, and promote healing on a cellular level. 

Along with other interventions like nutrition, acupuncture, and physical activity, laser therapy may provide you a safer alternative to pain meds or allow your doctor to lower the doseage.. 

Laser Therapy for Back Pain

Summus red laser treatment can reduce and even stop back pain. Note, it’s important to manage back pain holistically. We teach you effective lifting and movement strategies to reduce wear and tear. And we may recommend acupuncture, Graston technique, and chiropractic adjustments as part of a treatment plan. Home exercises and a stretching routine are generally a good way to battle chronic upper, middle or lower back pain. 

Learn more about non-invasive, drug-free ways to effectively treat pain:

Laser Therapy for Knee Pain

Yes, Laser therapy is effective on knee pain too. Whether you have a sport injury or knee arthritis, this may be the right treatment for you.

Laser Therapy for Pain Management

Depending on the cause of the pain, cold laser therapy can help you manage pain. It is most effective on localized pain (e.g., knee pain, back pain, foot pain).

Laser Therapy for Foot Pain

We can apply red laser directly to your feet to reduce inflammation and promote healing.

Laser Therapy for Shoulder Pain

Even small tears in the shoulder are notorious for taking years to heal if you don’t have surgery. These tears can cause both sharp and dull achy pain that keeps you up at night. Since red laser can speed up healing, it may be preferable to surgery for small tears or shoulder arthritis.  And it may shorten recovery time post-op, when you do need surgery.

Does Laser Therapy Hurt?

For many people, there is little or no sensation during treatment. No pain. Instead, get ready to feel a mild, soothing warmth. Laser treatment is relaxing — some people even fall asleep!

On the other hand, some people do notice a slight increase in the pain after the therapy. This can happen 6-24 hours after a treatment session. 

If the health problems we’re addressing are chronic in nature, this type of pain is more likely to arise. The pain usually subsides after a few days but can, in rare cases, last longer.

What To Expect During Low Level Laser Therapy

  1. Your physician will do an evaluation and identify the treatment site or sites.

  2. They will then direct you to remove any body jewelry and instruct you to wear safety goggles.

  3. Treatment will be performed directly on the skin or slightly above the surface of the skin. The treatment hand piece is moved in a motion pattern during the course of the treatment.

  4. Your physician may ask you to reassess your pain level. During treatment, you may be asked to do simple exercises. These exercises aim to improve the effectiveness of the laser.

  5. The best results come from more than one treatment. Your doctor may schedule additional treatments for best healing and recovery. They may also schedule regular maintenance treatments for chronic or recurring conditions.

  6. By the end of the treatment, most patients feel less pain. However, some patients may not feel relief until hours later. Many patients also report improved sleep after their laser treatments.

Does Laser Therapy for Pain Relief Work?

Yes. Summus has performed to studies and registered with the FDA. Red laser therapy is proven effective for reducing pain and inflammation while promoting healing.

Laser therapy for neck pain

How Much Does Laser Therapy For Pain Cost?

The precise costs of cold light therapy will depend on your condition, severity, and treatment plan. But costs for red laser therapy are probably lower than you think. We will discuss costs during your initial consultation to ensure you know what to expect. Medicare does not usually cover red laser therapy. so all costs will be out of pocket.

Get Pain Relief Now!

If you live or work near SF Telegraph Hill, North Beach, or the Financial District, we would love to meet you. You could be a good candidate for our Laser Therapy treatments. To get to the root cause of pain and discomfort, schedule an initial consultation, including a comprehensive evaluation and first treatment.