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Laser Treatment of Sports Injuries

Sports Injuries and Laser Therapy

Sports injuries are generally caused by an acute trauma, such as a fall or hard contact with another athlete, or overuse of the body during activity.
shoulder pain
Most sports injuries are classified as sprains or strains.

Sprains are injuries to a ligament (tissue that connects bones). They usually occur from a sudden fall, twist or a blow that forces the joint out of its normal position causing the ligament to be overstretched or torn.� Symptoms include pain, joint tenderness, swelling, warmth, and difficulty moving the injured joint.

A strain is an injury to a muscle or tendon (tissue that connects muscle to bone). It can be caused by overstretching a muscle or tendon, improper lifting, or repetitive movement of muscles or tendons. Symptoms of strain include muscle stiffness or soreness and may also include swelling, cramping and inflammation.

Some common examples of sports injuries include:

Tennis elbow
Golfer's Elbow
Shin Splints
Shoulder Injuries
Stress Fractures
Achilles tendonitis
Runner's Knee

The trauma of sports injuries causes damage to the cells that make up the soft tissues. These damaged cells release chemicals that initiate a natural inflammatory response in the body. The result is redness, swelling, warmth and pain in the injured area. Persistent or recurrent inflammation can pre-dispose the athlete to early onset of arthritic or degenerative changes in their joints.

Laser Therapy reduces both the short term inflammation and long term risk of arthritis commonly associated with sports injuries.

The benefits of laser therapy include:

Decreased inflammation
Increased blood flow to the injured site
Decreased pain
Minimized formation of scar tissue
Growth of new, healthy tissues
Applied immediately after injury
Can be used over metal plates, rods or pins
Decreased need for pharmaceuticals, such as painkillers and anti inflammatory meds
Speeds up recovery time
Regeneration of damaged cells