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  • According to ColdLaser.com, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved cold or low-level laser therapy (LLLT) in February 2002. The procedure helps accelerate healing, reports Spine-Health.com.

    Procedure

    Cold laser therapy uses light or photon energy to penetrate as much as two inches under the skin's surface, speeding up cellular metabolism in the affected areas.

    Uses

    LLLT treats conditions including back pain and carpal tunnel syndrome, says Spine-Health.com, as well as fibromyalgia, neck and knee pain.

    History

    Hungarian researcher Dr. Andre Mester first used cold lasers for medical purposes in 1967, according to Spine-Health.com.

    Advantages

    LLLT is non-invasive and causes no pain, reports ColdLaser.com. Patients need no medication before, during or after the procedure, with no reports of side effects "when used properly by a doctor," says Spine-Health.com.

    Disadvantages

    Cold laser therapy can take up to 30 treatments to fully eradicate pain, according to Spine-Health.com, and Medicare and Medicaid do not cover the procedure.

    Source:

    ColdLaser.com: Commonly Asked Questions

    Spine-Health.com: Cold Laser Therapy Pain Management Treatment

    More Information:

    National Institutes of Health: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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