How long does treatment take?

The typical course of treatment is 30 - 60 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated. Acute conditions may be treated daily, particularly if they are accompanied by significant pain. More chronic problems respond better when treatments are received 2 to 3 times a week. Treatment plans are determined on an individual basis.

The process of receiving laser treatment typically involves several steps:

  1. Consultation: The first step is usually a consultation with a healthcare provider who specializes in laser therapy, such as a physical therapist, chiropractor, dermatologist, or dentist, depending on the condition being treated. During this consultation, the provider will assess your medical history, perform a physical examination, and discuss your symptoms and treatment goals.

  2. Treatment Planning: Based on the assessment, the healthcare provider will develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. This plan will outline the number of sessions recommended, the frequency of treatments, and the specific parameters of the laser therapy, such as the type of laser used and the treatment settings.

  3. Preparation: Before the laser treatment begins, you may be asked to remove any clothing or jewelry from the area being treated. In some cases, the provider may apply a coupling gel or conductive cream to improve the transmission of the laser light into the tissues.

  4. Laser Treatment Session: During the laser treatment session, you will be positioned comfortably, either lying down or sitting, depending on the treatment area. The healthcare provider will then apply the laser probe or device directly to the skin over the area being treated. The laser emits specific wavelengths of light, which penetrate the skin and are absorbed by the target tissues.

  5. Duration of Treatment: The duration of each laser treatment session can vary depending on the condition being treated and the specific parameters of the laser therapy. Sessions may last anywhere from a few minutes to half an hour or more.

  6. Sensation During Treatment: You may feel a gentle warming sensation or tingling as the laser light penetrates the tissues. Most patients find laser therapy to be comfortable and painless, although sensations can vary depending on individual sensitivity and the intensity of the laser.

  7. Post-Treatment Care: After the laser treatment session is complete, you can usually resume your normal activities immediately. Your healthcare provider may provide instructions for post-treatment care, such as avoiding sun exposure, staying hydrated, or performing specific exercises.

  8. Follow-Up: Depending on your condition and treatment plan, you may need to undergo multiple laser therapy sessions over a period of several weeks or months. Your healthcare provider will schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your progress and adjust the treatment plan as needed.