We understand. Sometimes a form of treatment just doesn’t seem like it would make any sense. Leeches, for example, do not appear to be something anyone would want anywhere near their bodies, but they can have their uses in helping blood flow to reattached organs.
(Hopefully that is something you will never have to deal with, but you get the picture. No more leech talk; we promise.)
So, when we mention potential treatments such as K-Laser, we are not surprised to see some patients raise their eyebrows in a mix of curiosity and concern.
Lasers tend to be heavily represented in our culture as something backed with a ton of heat and power. They blow up spaceships. They cut through solid metal doors. They’re just the thing when you don’t expect Mr. Bond to talk, but instead die.
But our K-Laser treatment is quite different. And, for many patients, it’s been a very effective way to relieve pain and encourage a faster recovery from soft tissue injuries!
So let’s go over a few of the questions that tend to come up surrounding this advanced form of treatment. If your question isn’t answered here, don’t worry. You can send your questions via our online contact form or give us a call, and we’ll be happy to help.
How Much Does K-Laser Hurt?
Great news! K-Laser treatment does not hurt at all! In fact, some patients don’t even feel a thing.
If there is a sensation that patients report, it tends to be a light warmth or tingling in the area. That’s because the frequency and intensity of the light energy being emitted by the device are not strong enough to actually burn you.
Once again, we’re not Bond villains here!
If you do feel any pain, it will not so much be the laser as it might be the area already in pain being a little more sensitive for a brief time.
And no, the laser will not leave any marks on the skin, either. No burns, no discoloration; nothing.
If the Laser Isn’t Strong Enough to Burn, What Can It Actually Do?
You don’t always have to leave a mark to have an effect. The work of the K-Laser happens within the body, at the site of the injury.
When the light energy from K-Laser penetrates the area, it can cause certain reactions:
- Cells in the area are stimulated to increase their repair processes. Even if a pain or injury has existed for some time, a positive increase in healing can be seen.
- Blood flow to the area is increased, which brings more oxygen and healing factors to the area. In other words, it’s like shipping in more tools and materials for cells to get their repair jobs done. In some cases, new routes of the tiniest blood vessels can be constructed to provide even better access within the injured area.
So while K-Laser is not strong enough to burn, it’s still strong enough to shake things up internally a bit—and for the better.
When Can I Begin to Feel Results? How Long Does This Take?
A single treatment session lasts about 10 minutes, and you can expect to be in and out of our office relatively quickly around that. You won’t need anyone to drive you or anything like that; just continue on with your day as normal.
This form of treatment is cumulative, however, meaning that more than one session is often needed for best results. Acute conditions might require 4-6 daily sessions, while more chronic conditions might require up to a dozen sessions spread out over 2-6 weeks. This will largely depend on the factors such as the condition being treated, how long it has lasted, and overall health, but everyone should expect the possibility that results might take a little longer or shorter than the average.
That said, many patients report that they start to feel pain relief after the first session—and if not by that time, then usually after the second or third. And the cumulative factor means that successive treatments tend to make the relief better and better as time goes on!
Is Laser Therapy Used with Anything Else?
Not always, but there are cases in which laser therapy can be used in conjunction with another treatment for more complete results.
Treatments might include physical therapy or custom orthotics, among others. K-Laser might also be recommended following a surgery to increase comfort and recovery time.
If we recommend another form of treatment as part of your plan, we will be sure to discuss all options with you to allow you to choose how we go forward in full confidence.
Have More Questions? We Have More Answers!
Whether K-Laser is the right treatment for you or not, one thing is always clear: If you have been suffering from foot or ankle pain, something should be done about it! Waiting only prolongs your suffering and, in many cases, increases the risk of things becoming worse.
Dr. Corey Fox and Dr. Justin LoBello at Massapequa Podiatry Associates can help! Give us a call at (877) 674-7422 or fill out our online contact form to get in touch.