Are Laser Back Injections for back pain a safe procedure? What are some of the risks. Are the results better than steroid injections? I am scheduled Monday for Laser Injections in my back for chronic pain also pain in my left leg. I have had several years of steroid injections which no longer work. I am 72 years old and do not want back surgery yet. Only as a last resort.
Optional Information: Female, Age: 72, North CarolinaAlready Tried: Back shots containing steroids for about four years.
Hi,Can you tell me more about:Did you have a disc prolapse or disc lesion?Do you have weakness in your limbs?Im still online for help after you provide me the above information.
No disc prolapse or disc lesion
yes, I have weakness in my limbs at times no continually.
I have had MRI's resulting in deteroiting discs in my back.
Hi Anne, you are having Spondylosis of the spine or Chronic back pain.Laser therapy also called LOW LEVEL LASER THERAPY (LLLT) is a form of phototherapy or light therapy. This involves the application of low power light to areas of the body in order to stimulate healing. It is also known as cold laser, soft laser or low intensity laser. Cold Laser Therapy is a revolutionary new treatment device for chronic and acute pain.The LTU-1000 synergistically combines cold laser and TENS technologies for remarkable healing and pain relief.
Thank you for the information as I am apprehensive about this new treatment. I am told it takes about a half hour and they use X-Rays to see where to put the laser. Is this the acceptable way of doing it. It involves almost the same procedure as the steroids except it takes alot more time.
Hello Anne, Im glad i could help you. Yeah, they may use Xrays or Electromagnetic rays during the procedure as there are various types of the LLLT like Infrared emitting laser therapy, laser point injections etc. It is not seen to produce side effects and has better healing properties than steroid injections. Though some people have immediate results, improvements may not be noticed until after 3-5 treatments.I hope my answer is helpful to you.Please press the GREEN ACCEPT button to accept my answer and a positive feedback from you will be an added bonus for me.
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