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Laser Therapy

Has anyone ever used non-invasive cold laser therapy for injuries? The FDA just approved it’s use for CTS. This is the latest thing from what I have read. The US Olympic team will be using them as well within the next few weeks. Any information is appreciated.

It’s supposed to eventually replace Ultra Sound as the number one treatment for sports injuries.

Apparently it is so new that no one has even heard of it…Interesting.

Well if the US olympic team are going to be using it then we’ll probably find out about it once the olympics are underway, so no other competing nations are able to take advantage of it! (unless they already have it)

"U.S. Olympic Committee Welcomes New Laser Device For Athlete Treatment Regimens

by Kevin Neuendorf - U.S. Olympic Committee (719-866-4786)

U.S. Olympic Committee Welcomes New Laser Device For Treatment Regimens

SportLaser therapy provides pain relief and faster healing for U.S. Olympians and Olympic Hopefuls

SANTA MONICA, Calif. ?? January 26, 2004 ?? Thanks to the SportLaserTM, a breakthrough, non-invasive laser device, injured Olympic athletes and Olympic hopefuls now will be able to get back into training and competition faster. Hand-held and fully portable, SportLaser can be used anywhere, from the training rooms to competition venues.

The SportLaser was in trials earlier this year in the sports medicine departments of the U.S. Olympic Training Centers in Colorado Springs, Colo. and Chula Vista, Calif. It has now been approved by both facilities and will be introduced at the training center in Lake Placid, N.Y. by March 2004.

?The effect of the SportLaser on injured athletes has been impressive,? said Edward Ryan III, ATC and Director of Sports Medicine for U.S. Olympic Training Centers. ?With SportLaser treatment, athletes have experienced significant relief from pain and increased range of motion ? particularly in the acute phases of injury. We have also seen a reduction in healing time for many conditions. This will be of particular benefit to athletes preparing for and competing in Athens next summer, when providing pain relief will be most critical. SportLaser is a welcome new tool for our treatment and recovery regimens.?

The SportLaser is a cold (non-thermal) infrared laser device. Its 830 nanometer wavelength penetrates up to two inches below the skin?s surface, without producing heat, to stimulate photo- reactive cellular receptors, known as chromophores. The energy of laser photons prompts these structures to dramatically accelerate natural healing processes in compromised cells, normalizing pain thresholds, optimizing cellular functions, increasing micro-vascularization and speeding the rate of tissue repair. The result is diminished pain, reduced inflammation, decreased edema, faster healing times and an increase in the tensile strength of repaired tissues.

?Olympic athletes spend nearly their entire life training for perhaps one great moment of competition,? said Wyatt Earp, SportLaser CEO. ?We are proud to provide the athletes competing for the United States with this superior technology, so they can better focus on the goal at hand —winning.?

Low level (cold) lasers have been used internationally over the last 18 years for the treatment of a wide range of medical conditions including soft tissue injuries, cervical neck pain, repetitive stress injuries, tendinitis, hamstring injuries, arthritis, plantar fasciitis, lateral epicondylitis and wound healing. Over 300 clinical studies, 2000 published articles and a number of texts speak to the validity and efficacy of laser therapy. However, it was not until 2002, after the FDA approved lasers for the treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and related health problems, that they became readily available in the United States.
Now, both professional and collegiate trainers as well as world class professional athletes and team physicians from across the country are adopting SportLaser therapy into their treatment regimens.

About SportLaser
SportLaser, the largest distributor of laser devices to the sports rehabilitation market, is a subsidiary of Innovative Medical Group, Inc., a medical device manufacturer and distributor based in Santa Monica, California. For more information, visit www.sportlaser.com or call 1-877-53LASER."