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Getting Relief from Tendonitis – Treatment Options and Cold Laser Therapy

Tendonitis is the inflammation of a tendon in the body can cause swelling and pain in the affected area.

Common forms of tendonitis include Achilles tendonitis and Tennis elbow.

Tendonitis can affect any part of the body where a tendon is located. The most common areas of the body are:

  • Elbow
  • Shoulder
  • Hip
  • Knee
  • Heel
  • Base of thumb

Tendonitis is most often caused by physical movements, such as in sports or working out, as well as overuse such as standing for prolonged periods of time.

What are Tendons?

Tendons are the rubbery cords that connect your muscles to bones. They’re responsible for bones and joints moving as muscles contract to move, lift, run etc.

Tendons have an important job, and when they’re swollen or inflamed it can drastically interfere with our regular everyday lives.

Symptoms of most tendonitis are

  • Pain that worsens with movement
  • Swelling, heat and even redness at the location of the injury
  • A lump that may form along the tendon

What can you do to treat tendonitis?

Resting is key. You can’t continue to do the same activity which caused the acute injury. Taking time away from the activity will ensure you do not further aggravate the issue.

Icing

If there is swelling or redness using an ice pack can reduce swelling and pain. Be sure not to apply an ice pack direct to the skin. Instead, wrap it in a cloth to avoid cold burn on your skin.

Painkillers and Steroids

Steroids have been used to reduce swelling and inflammation, however, they do not repair the damage. Likewise, painkillers can be used to provide relief from the physical symptoms, but will not heal the tendon.

Low-Level Cold Laser Therapy

Low-level laser therapy doesn’t work to just reduce inflammation and relieve pain. Cold laser therapy actually works at the cellular level to accelerate healing and regenerates tissues to aid in healing tendonitis.

We use the Bioflex laser device, which is approved by Health Canada and has had numerous studies completed on its effectiveness to reduce pain, inflammation and stimulate healing.

While there are more invasive procedures, such a surgery, they have a far longer recovery time.

Specific Exercises & Stretches

Reducing inflammation and swelling is the first step for tendonitis recovery. Once that has occurred light stretching and specific exercises for the affected area can be introduced.

Book a Cold Laser Consultation Today

If you’re suffering from Tendonitis, schedule a consultation with us to discuss how cold laser therapy can provide relief for you. Call (902) 445-9345 today.

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Low Level Laser Therapy in Halifax NS

Low Level Laser Therapy for Pain and Inflammation in Halifax

Low level laser therapy, also known as cold laser therapy, is one of the best pain reducing options we have at our clinic. In many cases, patients have been able to avoid surgical intervention and reduce the need for pharmaceuticals to relieve pain, swelling, and inflammation.

Laser therapy has been clinically proven to treat a wide range of conditions from arthritis to spine and neck pain and everything in between.

This article will explore the most frequent questions we get from patients at the clinic.

What is Low Level Laser Therapy

Low level laser therapy, also sometimes called cold laser therapy, is a treatment regimen where a laser is applied to the affected area of your body to stimulate cell grown, reduce inflammation and swelling, which in turn accelerates healing and reduces pain.

At Glenbourne Chiropractic Clinic in Halifax, we have a Bioflex low level laser therapy device. This device is widely accepted as the leading technology available for pain relief and healing through laser thanks to clinical studies that have been conducted using the device.

What Can be Treated with Low Level Laser?

Low level laser therapy can treat a wide range of ailments from carpal tunnel syndrome to arthritis.

Conditions which cause swelling and inflammation are the best help with low level laser therapy.

A few conditions we have successfully treated at our clinic are:

  • Tendonitis (in all parts of the body)
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Neck and back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Post knee replacement
  • Arthritis
  • Nerve pain
  • TMJ and Frozen Shoulder

Does Laser Therapy Hurt?

No, there is no heat generated from the laser nor does it cut the skin as a high-intensity laser may. Visits can run from 15-60 minutes with the majority being 30 minutes long.

There are no serious side effects from low-level laser therapy. In fact, in some cases patients are able to avoid more invasive treatments, such as surgery, after a full course of laser therapy is completed.

How Long Before Results Happen?

One session of laser therapy is generally not going make a drastic change to your condition. Like chiropractic, low-level laser therapy is meant to be carried out several times to achieve the optimal results.

While each patient is different, a rule of thumb is 6-12 treatments are carried out by our laser therapist.

How can I give it a try?

One of the chiropractors would do the consultation, not Jennie. Laser is covered by insurance under the chiropractic category so they must see the chiropractor first for diagnosis and treatment plan.

To schedule our next available appointment give our clinic a call at (902) 445-9335 or submit the form on this page we will confirm your appointment within one business day.

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Bioflex Laser Therapy in Halifax

Bioflex laser therapy offers patients a treatment option for a wide variety of conditions. The laser uses low-intensity light that is taken from an array of superluminous diodes, resulting in the acceleration of healing, the elimination of pain, and a significant decrease in inflammation.

Improvement can be experienced quite quickly, often in as few as two weeks, making laser therapy an attractive alternative to other forms of treatment.

NOTE: Different patients respond differently to low-level laser therapy. It’s important to book a consultation with our laser therapist to discuss how the laser could help you.

How Can Laser Therapy Accelerate Healing in the Body?

As the laser goes to work, energy production in the body’s cells increases. The body’s response to this increase in energy production is an acceleration of the healing process, making Bioflex laser an ideal treatment for a number of inflammatory conditions and injuries.

What Can Laser Therapy Treat?

A wide range of ailments can be treated successfully with laser therapy. Among them are:

  • Sports injuries
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Arthritis
  • Chronic and degenerative diseases
  • and more…

 

Why is the Bioflex Laser Superior to Other Laser Therapy Devices?

In comparison with its competitors, Bioflex has far more research backing it up. Functionally, the laser stands out from the rest, given it utilizes not one, but two, light sources: red and infrared. This makes the Bioflex laser system the most reliable device to produce the desired results.

How Many Treatments Will I Require?

The treatment schedule is initially broken down into three sessions per week for a period of two weeks. After these sessions have been completed, our chiropractor or laser therapist meets with you for re-evaluation. At this point, you may have made considerable progress. Typically, the treatments go on for another six sessions, and most patients finish after their 12th session.

How Long Do Treatments Take?

On the average, treatments range from 15 minutes to one hour in duration. Non-complex laser procedures usually last no longer than 30 minutes, making the process quick, convenient, and stress-free, while maximizing patient comfort and satisfaction.

What are Some Ailments You Have Treated Successfully?

The list of conditions that have been treated successfully is extensive and includes

  • Tendonitis
  • Arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Sprains and strains
  • Nerve pain in the arms and legs

Patients suffering from pain and inflammation following knee replacement frequently find that their symptoms diminish following treatment with bioflex laser therapy, which can reduce overall recovery time.

To discuss if laser therapy is an ideal treatment option for you give us a call and book a consultation with one of our chiropractors or our laser therapist.

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