- What is Cold Laser Therapy?
- What are the differences between hot lasers and cold lasers?
- Does Dr. Hanson use FDA Cleared Cold Lasers for his treatments?
- Does Dr. Hanson use Spinal Decompression Therapy along with Cold Laser Therapy for back and neck conditions?
- Is Dr. Hanson’s Cold Laser Program just a temporary fix to my problem?
- How does Dr. Hanson determine if I am a candidate for care?
- How many treatments will I need?
- Is Cold Laser Therapy safe, and are there any side effects?
- What if I live far away, how can I do the program?
- What other conditions do you treat using Cold Lasers?
1. What is Cold Laser Therapy?
Cold Laser Therapy, or Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), is a treatment that utilizes specific wavelengths and frequencies of light to interact with tissues and cells that are damaged to help heal and repair them faster. This therapy is often used on patients seeking a non invasive, painless alternative to help eliminate acute or chronic pain, swelling, and inflammation in the joint, nerve, muscle, tendon, cartilage or other soft tissue. There is no pain during cold laser therapy. For more in depth definition please go to the “How It Works” page.
DFW Spine & Joint Center offers specific Cold Laser Programs in Dallas-Fort Worth for the following:
- Low Back Conditions
- Neck Conditions
- Shoulder Conditions
- Knee Conditions (Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program)
*Additional conditions can be helped using cold lasers. Go to question #10 for a list.
2. What are the differences between hot lasers and cold lasers?
Hot lasers should not be confused with Cold Lasers. High power lasers are also known as hot lasers or surgical lasers. Hot lasers are used to cut through tissue, burn or vaporize tissue and are potentially dangerous. These lasers, for example, are used during arthroscopic surgery. We do not use hot lasers in our office because these lasers have the potential to burn you.
In addition, don’t be confused by the term cold laser, the actual laser does not produce a cooling effect. Low level laser, (a.k.a cold laser), does not mean that it is ineffective, on the contrary, it simply means that cold lasers operate at a power and wavelength that does not have the potential to harm or damage tissue.
Every Cold laser has a different power and wavelength. It is important that the appropriate laser is used for your condition. FYI, anything below a IIIB Classification is too low, and has not been proven to penetrate below the skin’s surface.
3. Does Dr. Hanson use FDA Cleared Cold Lasers for his treatments?
Yes, since 2003, Dr. Hanson only uses FDA Cleared, world renowned, Class IIIB and IV true cold lasers for all of his programs. Dr. Hanson does NOT use hot lasers, Class IV Hot Lasers, or Light Emitting Diodes in his office. Dr. Hanson uses multiple types of cold lasers depending on a person’s condition and diagnosis.
4. Does Dr. Hanson use Spinal Decompression Therapy along with Cold Laser Therapy for back and neck conditions?
Since 2003, Dr. Hanson has been using both therapies in his Irving, TX clinic. In most cases using Cold Laser therapy along with Spinal Decompression therapy has proven to be an unbeatable combination in providing substantial long term relief from the pain caused by disc and nerve problems.
Spinal Decompression has been clinically tested, FDA Cleared, and has helped thousands become pain free. This non-invasive treatment effectively treats degenerative disc disease, sciatica, herniated disc, stenosis, pinched nerves, sciatica, and failed back surgery.
While lying down, this advanced computerized treatment gently takes the pressure off of the pain producing nerves and discs allowing them to heal. The spinal decompression machine applies specific logarithmic forces to decrease intradiscal pressure which enhances fluids, oxygen, and nutrients into the disc. This negative pressure expands the space between the vertebrae which in turn allows rehydration of the discs, a return of any herniated material back into the disc, and subsequently relieves the pressure off of the nerves.
Spinal Decompression Therapy is painless, requires no hospitalization or down time, and has none of the side effects that you might experience with medications, shots, or surgery. Clinical studies have proven that Spinal Decompression is successful in 8 out of 10 people. Combining Spinal Decompression Therapy along with Cold Laser Therapy increases your chances for getting the results you want.
If you live in or near the Dallas-Fort Worth area and are looking for a non-surgical solution to disc and nerve problems, please do not hesitate to call the DFW Spine & Joint Center in Irving, TX.
**Not every Cold Laser Program includes Spinal Decompression Therapy. Dr. Hanson will consider your diagnosis, symptoms, medical history during your consultation/evaluation to determine if Spinal Decompression will be added to your Cold Laser Program. For example, decompression therapy IS NOT included in our Cold Laser Shoulder Program if shoulder pain is caused by a rotator cuff problem. However, spinal decompression IS included for patients that have shoulder pain, tingling, numbness, or weakness due to a pinched nerve or disc problem in the neck.
5. Is Dr. Hanson’s Cold Laser Program just a temporary fix to my problem? Or long term relief?
The good news is that after completing Dr. Hanson’s Cold Laser Program most patients are satisfied with their results and do not need to undergo further treatments. It is not uncommon for patients to feel a 50% – 100% overall improvement in their symptoms which enables them to live a better quality of life and ultimately allows them to avoid surgery.
There are patients with severe cases that need periodic maintenance treatments once their initial series of treatments is completed. And just like any other medical treatment, there are a small percentage of patients that only notice temporary relief or no relief at all from the treatment.
During your initial evaluation, Dr. Hanson will let you know if he can help you, and based on your diagnosis will do his best to inform you on what you should expect from the treatments.
6. How does Dr. Hanson determine if I am a candidate for care?
All potential patients have to undergo an initial consultation and evaluation with the doctor. The initial visit will last about one hour. Any necessary x-rays will be taken or reviewed in order to determine if you are a candidate for Dr. Hanson’s Cold Laser Program. If you have a current MRI or CT scan then you will be asked to bring the films or reports with you so that they can be reviewed by Dr. Hanson.
If he determines that you are a candidate for care he will review a treatment plan with which would include the total number of recommended treatments, your prognosis, and different payment options to make care affordable. Your insurance will also be verified to find out if they will assist you. This will allow you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision.
If Dr. Hanson determines that he can’t help you, he will not accept your case and will refer you to the appropriate doctor.
7. How many treatments will I need?
The total number of treatments a patient needs depends on how severe the problem is; however, the average number of total treatments can range anywhere from 20-30. Most patients start to notice changes early on in the program, and start feeling pain relief quickly usually between the 6-12th treatment. The more severe the condition the greater the number of treatments are required. Dr. Hanson can determine how many treatments are needed during your initial evaluation.
8. Is Cold Laser safe? Are there any side effects?
For over 30 years cold lasers have been used all over the world, and in 2001 the first cold laser obtained FDA clearance in the United States. This entire time there have been no long term side-effects from its use. Very few patients experience short term soreness after the first treatment (just as you would if you started a new exercise routine.) The soreness is mild and short lived and using an ice-pack for 20 minutes will usually relieve it. However, many patients don’t experience any soreness at all instead they begin to notice a sense of improvement and relief. In addition, unlike hot lasers, cold lasers cannot damage a single cell and have the perfect amount of power to heal and repair injured tissue.
9. What if I live far away, how can I do the program?
Even though most of our patients come from the Dallas and Fort Worth metroplex, it is not uncommon for many of our patients to have traveled long distances just to complete our program. Dr. Hanson can customize a schedule that meets your individual treatment needs. A few of our patients live too far away to drive back and forth, so they stay with a family member or friend, or at a hotel near the clinic during the duration of their treatments. We can provide you with a list of several hotels nearby just call our office and we will be happy to assist you.
10. What other conditions do you treat using Cold Lasers?
At the DFW Spine & Joint Center we are most known for treating conditions affecting the back, neck, shoulder and knee. Although, Dr. Hanson is most known for helping individuals suffering with low back, neck, and shoulder conditions, he has also successfully treated and provided customized care to patients suffering from a variety of musculoskeletal conditions.
In fact, Cold Laser Therapy has been known to successfully treat a variety of conditions; knee pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, neck, back, disc pain, nerve pain, etc. For years, clinics, universities, and physicians from all over the world have been using cold laser therapy on patients seeking effective, alternative methods for pain relief, inflammation, healing and repairing of tissues. Since 1967 there have been over 2,500 clinical studies published worldwide. Many of these studies are double-blinded, placebo-controlled and have demonstrated cold laser therapy to be a proven method for a number of conditions. Cold laser can stimulate all cell types including nerve, muscle, tendon, ligament, cartilage, etc.
At the DFW Spine & Joint Center we treat a variety of musculoskeletal conditions:
- Knee pain and most knee conditions. (Dr. Schnee’s Cold Laser Knee Program)
- Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Herniated, Bulging, or Protruding Disc, Degenerated Discs, Spinal Stenosis**
- Sciatic Pain or Pinched Nerves**
- Rotator Cuff Injury and many shoulder conditions
- Post surgical conditions, post surgical scar tissue, post surgical pain and inflammation
- Joint Pain in the hands, wrist, feet, ankles, hips, shoulders, neck and back
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or Symptoms
- Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s elbow
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Many other musculoskeletal injuries and conditions
**At the DFW Spine & Joint Center we combine Cold Laser Therapy with Spinal Decompression Therapy for individuals suffering from neck or low back pain due to disc and nerve problems; spinal stenosis, herniated disc, bulging disc, degenerative disc disease, or pinched nerves.
If you are looking for a painless, non-surgical solution, call 214-596-1051 to find out if you’re a candidate for care. Ask to speak with one of our doctors to get your questions answered.
Answers to common questions about cold laser therapy and spinal decompression. Dallas-Fort Worth neck and back pain relief. Drug free pain management, alternative to physical therapy in Dallas-Fort Worth.