One of the most promising treatments for Sports related injuries has been around since the beginning of time…Light.
Laser therapy is the non-invasive use of laser energy to generate a photochemical action within the tissue. Cleared by the FDA in 2003, the Class IV Laser can alleviate pain, reduce inflammation and accelerate recovery. One of the most common Sports related injuries is tendonitis. Andy Klock, ATC for the University of FL track and field program treats a wide range of tendonitis to keep the UF athletes pain free and training. UF Football trainer Anthony Pass states that the Class IV Laser “has become the standard protocol” , Andy Klock added “the athletes I treat have an immediate effect” when treated with the Class IV laser. Endorsed by professional organizations such as the APTA, WHO and IASP who have supported the use of Class IV lasers.
There are different levels of laser therapy, so make sure you chose the one right for you. As with most things, the more you spend the better the product.
There are many new treatments every year, and few that last the test of time. The Class IV Laser, with the growing body of literature supporting the efficacy of laser therapy and the growing number of successful treatments, appears to have provided the Sports enthusiasts another way to keep an active lifestyle pain free.