Non-invasive, powerful laser therapy helps patients get back to enjoying pain-free lives without surgery.
When Frank Cheung tried to break up a fight in 1998, he was inadvertently struck in the back of the head during the melee. The injury led to a long journey in which he endured batteries of tests, expensive medications, a significant spinal surgery and severe and debilitating pain.
The blow to his head resulted in the development of a “calcium deposit in between the central nervous system and the vertebrae,” he describes. In 2010, he had surgery to correct the problem, which involved implanting a prosthetic device in his neck. “It’s called a PEEK trinity cage,” he explains. “They actually built it inside my neck.”
He underwent physical therapy for a year following the procedure because the prosthesis is “like a steel rod,” he describes. “It’s thick and you can’t really do anything with it.”
Frank also suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia and found it increasingly difficult to do even everyday tasks. “I got to the point where I needed help standing up from a chair if I was sitting down, or I just needed help sitting down sometimes,” he laments. “I would turn my head by moving my shoulders in the direction I wanted to turn.”
Even though he lives near the beach, Frank could no longer enjoy it. “The ground is so unlevel on the sand that if there was the slightest incline from my left foot to my right foot, it would be so jarring to my spine that I would be in pain,” he recalls.
Doctors prescribed him pain relievers, and they “said that I would have to learn to live with it.” But Frank didn’t want to live with it. In January, when he came across a handout for Laser Pain Care in Melbourne, his wife suggested he make an appointment.
About Laser Therapy
The certified laser therapists at Laser Pain Care use a special type of high-level Class IV laser, and the equipment is “specifically made based on our specifications,” explains Chief Executive Officer and Clinical Director Nicole Hadjadj. “Some Class IV lasers have just one laser spectrum, but ours have two. One wavelength penetrates superficially at the surface, and the other is very deep. Both the wavelength and the power are adjustable and can be used continuously or for pulsing, based on the patient’s condition.”
Laser therapy helps relieve inflammation, reduce swelling and increases circulation, which facilitates healing. “When you are able to help the body receive the fuel to heal itself on its own, which is what our body was made to do, it is capable of doing that,” describes Nicole. “We’re just giving it the aid to do it through laser therapy.”
The treatment – which is FDA-cleared and up to 90 percent effective – offers a noninvasive way for patients with chronic pain to avoid surgery. “With no side effects and no downtime, we provide our patients with true pain relief options without having to undergo surgery,” Nicole stresses.
High-level laser therapy benefits a plethora of painful conditions, including neck and back pain, diabetic peripheral neuropathy, sciatica, carpal tunnel, bursitis, tendonitis, migraine headaches, fibromyalgia and arthritis. “These lasers are adjustable and variable and are very effective in treating different types of chronic pain,” Nicole adds.
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Laser therapy has also proven successful for patients who have already had surgery, like Frank, but are still suffering.
After years in pain, Frank found relief almost immediately following his treatment at Laser Pain Care. “I could barely move before I got there,” he confides. “I had to sleep sitting in a chair because when I lay down, I couldn’t breathe right because the pain was so intense. The second time I went for my treatment, the pain was already going away.”
In all, Frank completed seven weeks of treatment on his neck, hips, shoulders and foot, which had plantar fasciitis. “Before I went there, I was walking on my big toe instead of my whole foot,” he says. “That also changed my posture and added to the pain.”
Each treatment session took about an hour, he reports. The laser resembles “the handheld little scanners at the cash register, and the ball looks like a roll-on deodorant ball,” he observes. “They just move that across your skin. They just keep moving it in the areas where you tell them the pain is.”
That little ball, known as a treatment head, gently compresses the tissue and helps remove excess fluid, which allows the laser to penetrate deeply. As the light from the laser is absorbed, the energy is dissipated as heat, which produces a warm, soothing sensation.
Though the treatment seems simple, the science behind it is anything but simple. “The laser works by a process called photobiomodulation,” explains Nicole. “Basically, it gives off photons, which are bundles of light energy. Those bundles are absorbed into the mitochondria of the cell, thereby supercharging the cells to a higher state. The cells are then able to function at a higher level.”
Frank began treatment in January, and “I have not had any of my medication since,” raves the security guard, who works at the King Center and events in downtown Melbourne. “I’m pain free. My son is twenty-five and he works with me, and he even tells me that he has a hard time keeping up with me.”
Back on the beach, thanks to Laser Pain Care!
The high-level laser therapy used at Laser Pain Care helps patients get back to doing the things they love. “We treat the body and get rid of inflammatory processes,” Nicole says. “And we are really able to provide life-changing benefits for our patients. People have limped in here and are now traveling through their golden years. That’s what we really want.”
Frank is thrilled with his care at Laser Pain Care. “The one thing that I learned fast by watching everybody there is that they really are concerned about you,” he says. “When they ask, How are you? How’s your day going?, they really want to know.
“I actually enjoyed going there,” he adds, “and felt so much better when I came home. I’d show my wife. I said, Look what I can do! I actually walked in front of our house, and my wife started crying because she couldn’t believe how I was moving.”
“He came in here with four or five different problems, and now he’s out really enjoying his life,” says Nicole. “He’s fully functional, happy and highly active. It’s a wonderful thing that we get to do.”
Thanks to Laser Pain Care, Frank can again enjoy walks with his wife on the beach near their home and is back to tending his garden. “Now, I’m like a little kid!” he exclaims. “Hey! Look at me now! Watch this! Watch this! And all I’m doing is walking.”