Potential Low Level Laser Therapy Advantages
Low Level Laser Therapy is a non-invasive procedure, meaning that it does not require a surgical incision. This means that there is no prolonged recovery time. Laser therapy also does not involve taking any medications, and many patients prefer to avoid taking medications. Studies have so far found that LLLT does not have serious side effects when used properly by a doctor.
Potential Low Level Laser Therapy Disadvantages
Low Level Laser Therapy does have a few disadvantages. Patients do not typically get full relief or resolution from their pain symptoms after the first treatment. It takes a series of treatments, usually 5-15, depending on the severity and duration of the condition. Patients have to return to the doctor for treatments at least 2-4 times per week. Old injuries may be aggravated for a few days after treatments, but for most patients this sensation is short term, and lasting for a couple of days. This is a rare.
Medicare does not cover LLLT expenses. Some major medical insurance carriers do assist with payment and others do not cover any of the treatment.
LLLT should not be used over any suspicious cancerous lesions, or carcinoma, over the thyroid, on pregnant patients, and there should not be direct irradiation of the eyes, as the laser can cause permanent damage to the eyes. Pregnant women are recommended not to undergo the procedure, since its effects on unborn children are not yet known. The doctor and the patient should use protective eyeglasses so that there is not direct eye contact with the laser.