Tidewater Foot & Ankle Associates offers Aspen Pinnacle laser therapy as a safe and effective treatment option for those who seek pain relief and need assistance in muscle and soft tissue recovery. As a non-invasive treatment option, there are no drugs, surgical procedures, or harmful side effects that may occur with more traditional forms of treatment.
Common ailments treated using Aspen Pinnacle laser therapy include:
Treatment is safe and effective. Aspen Pinnacle laser can be used on patients with metal implants, including foot and ankle hardware.
Because of the regenerative properties of laser therapy, it is also used within our wound therapy protocols. Laser therapy can promote cellular oxygenation, stimulating cellular regeneration, and is especially useful in the treatment of wound which may not have responded to other treatments.
Contraindications to laser therapy include: direct exposure into or over the eyes and direct applications over a gravid uterus, known cancerous tumor, or thyroid tissue.
Aspen lasers are Class IV lasers. These state-of-the-art laser treatments use controlled amounts of laser energy to improve circulation in the target area which stimulates the cells to begin healing while reducing inflammation and swelling. Treatment also helps to restore range of motion and mobility to the area as the tissues are targeted at a cellular level.
The Aspen Pinnacle works by flooding the tissue with photons, energizing the damaged cells and increasing circulation to painful areas. This produces a cascade of healing responses in your body, reducing inflammation and reducing or even eliminating your pain. Treatment sessions typically last anywhere from 5-10 minutes but will depend on the target area and your condition. The therapeutic effects continue to soothe and heal long after you leave the office. Drug free, surgery free effective pain relief is the goal for most of us and with the Aspen Pinnacle we can offer you a non-surgical option that truly has the power to significantly reduce or eliminate your pain. An average treatment plan consists of 6 treatment sessions but will vary depending on your needs and goals.
In addition to being a non-invasive pain-free treatment option, laser therapy is proven to accelerate the healing process and achieve faster results of pain relief compared to other treatment methods. Many patients report feeling better and signs of improvement after the first treatment session.
Additional benefits of laser therapy include:
Patients will feel a warm sensation while they are receiving laser therapy, and can feel immediate relief post-treatment. Daily activities can be resumed, as appropriate for their condition and as directed by their physician.
Frequency of treatment is usually two times a week for three weeks. Generally, a treatment “cycle” consists of 5-6 treatments, when best results can be achieved. Depending on one’s condition and whether it is acute or chronic, more than one treatment cycle may be recommended. Relief can initially last for 3-4 days post-treatment, yet this relief period typically increases as more treatments are performed. Maintenance therapy for athletes and chronic pathology is suggested.
Laser therapy is a wonderful option for patients who may not be able to take certain prescription medications, engage in physical therapy, or have injection therapy. It can, however, be used in conjunction with these and other treatments.
No. Both commercial health plans and Medicare/Medicaid do not cover laser therapy treatment.
Our doctors will be glad to talk with you if you have questions or concerns about the laser treatment for pain relief. Drs. Kyle and Megan Johnson have extensive knowledge and specialized training on all aspects of its use, safety and effectiveness.