LASER YAG THERAPY

Laser based therapy in sports rehabilitation 

In recent years, laser treatment has increased in use. This is due to its efficacy and efficiency in treating injuries and fostering tissue repair in a variety of MSK conditions, most notably the fields of sports injuries, recovery and rehabilitation. The focus is specific to laser YAG (Yttrium-Aluminum-Garnet) therapy, which is considered more effective than other laser therapy, focusing on its function, benefits, and clinical evidence, and its many advantages.

YAG LASER THERAPY FOR TREATMENT OF INJURIES AND TISSUE HEALING 

Laser YAG therapy has become a good treatment that is a flexible and a non-invasive treatment option for MSK injuries and the repair of tissue, notably in the context of sports-related injuries and physical rehabilitation. Its proven clinical efficacy, its deep tissue penetration, non-invasive nature, minimal side effects, and low risk of adverse reactions, is becoming a popular choice among patients as well as among medical professionals.

 

Laser YAG therapy can play a vital role in improving the lives of those recovering from injuries who will benefit from a faster, more effective therapy treatment. It offers great benefits over other laser methods, such as its capacity to enter deep tissues and enhance the production of collagen, which positions it as a useful treatment in the field of regenerative medicine and the management of injuries.

WHAT IS LASER YAG THERAPY?

Laser therapy is a type of electromedical device that is becoming increasingly popular in sports rehabilitation. The laser possesses a directional light which means that it cannot be dispersed during its emission even if the therapy is carried out in the open. This characteristic makes it easy to use it away from a physiotherapy centre in situations such as away matches or other sports events.

HOW DOES LASER YAG THERAPY WORK?

Laser YAG therapy, commonly known as YAG laser treatment, uses a high-energy laser beam that is produced by an infrared wavelength which is neodymium ion providing the energy to the laser activity in the form of a crystal. The YAG laser has a wavelength of 1064 nm and has the capacity to reach deeper layers of tissue than other types of lasers, which is why it is considered by many clinicians superior for tissue healing in injuries and recovery.

 

The ability of the YAG laser therapy provides precise and regulated bursts of focused energy to the deep tissues that need treatment. The process of YAG therapy is as follows:

Photobiomodulation: A technique known as photobiomodulation (PBM)  is used in YAG laser therapy. This method has been used in tissue healing for a long time. The high focused laser beam is directed at injured or damaged tissue and induces cell proliferation and enhances stem cell differentiation on a cellular level. This connection sets off a chain reaction of biological responses within the cells, including an increase in the creation of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), an improvement in cellular metabolism, and an increase in the rate at which damaged tissue is repaired.

Stimulating the production of Collagen: One of the effects of YAG laser therapy is to stimulate the production of collagen. It is an essential protein that is important for preserving the structural integrity of connective tissues along with ligaments and tendons. The production of collagen contributes to the healing process as well as the strengthening of these tissues which makes this an effective choice of treatment for athletes and anyone who wishes to speed up the healing and recovery process.

Pain Management: YAG laser therapy contributes to pain relief by reducing  inflammation and increasing blood flow to the injured area. Studies have shown that YAG laser induces analgesic properties, and therefore is considered an excellent pain management tool for managing injuries and trauma.

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF YAG LASER THERAPY?

  • DEEPER TISSUE
    PENETRATION
     
  • MINOR SIDE EFFECTS

 

  • RAPID & EFFECTIVE
     
  • VERSATILE
     
  • NON INVASIVE

 

There are many advantages of laser YAG therapy and it is becoming an increasingly popular option for the treatment of injuries and the regeneration of damaged tissues around the world today.

The wavelength of YAG lasers, which is 1064 nanometers, enables deeper tissue penetration than the wavelengths of other types of lasers, such as in the aesthetic world or eye laser treatment where these treatments are targeted closer to the surface.  As YAG Laser therapy energy can penetrate deeper, therefore is a good treatment option for muscle, deep fascia, muscle, tendon and ligament injuries. It is also a non-invasive treatment, it does not involve the use of any medications or incisions to treat injuries. 

 

YAG laser therapy is associated with minor side effects, such as light redness or some heat sensation at the treatment area only. After a session of laser YAG therapy, it is normal for patients to be able to quickly continue their regular activities within a few hours. Depending on the size and severity of the injury, laser yag therapy sessions may typically be completed in less than 30 minutes, making it a relatively fast form of treatment. In a relatively short period of time as compared to other treatments. YAG lasers can also be adjusted for varied power levels and pulse durations. Medical professionals are able to customise the treatment to the patients needs. As a result of its adaptability and customisation, it can be used to treat a wide variety of MSK injuries in the most tailored way.

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EVIDENCE OF PATIENT OUTCOMES TREATED WITH LASER YAG THERAPY

  • HEALING OF TENDONS
    & LIGAMENTS
     
  • MUSCLE RECOVERY

 

  • PAIN MANAGEMENT
     
  • ORTHOPAEDIC
     
  • WOUND HEALING

 

An increasing number of clinical evidence suggests that YAG laser therapy is beneficial in the treatment of injuries and tissue healing. Numerous studies have been carried out by researchers and medical professionals to investigate the effects:

Research has shown that YAG laser therapy speeds up the healing of tendons and ligaments, which in turn reduces the amount of time needed to recover from sports and activities such as tendonitis and ligament sprains. These results are mostly attributed to the increased collagen production as well as the processes for repairing damaged tissue. After undergoing YAG laser treatment, athletes and other individuals who participate in physical activities have reported experiencing faster muscle recovery and less muscle soreness than before. This may result in an increase in performance as well as a decrease in downtime.

 

YAG laser therapy has been shown to be effective in wound healing, particularly in the case of chronic wounds and wounds not healing on their own. The capacity of the laser to promote tissue regeneration and increase blood flow to the area of the wound, both of these  contribute to the acceleration of the healing process. It has also been demonstrated to be an effective method for reducing the pain associated with a variety of conditions, such as osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, and sports injuries, according to clinical research. Patients frequently report experiencing a reduction in pain and pain medication.

 

YAG laser therapy is also becoming a widely used treatment option in the field of orthopaedic surgery. Its capacity to speed up the recovery process which can lead to a reduction in in-patient hospital length of stay, as well as the reduction of postoperative pain relief and inflammation.

 

 

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