Dr. Robert G. Silverman is a chiropractic doctor, clinical nutritionist and author of, “Inside-Out Health: A Revolutionary Approach to Your Body,” an Amazon No. 1 bestseller in 2016. The ACA Sports Council named Dr. Silverman “Sports Chiropractor of the Year” in 2015. He also maintains a busy private practice as founder of Westchester Integrative Health Center, which specializes in the treatment of joint pain using functional nutrition along with cutting-edge, science-based, nonsurgical approaches.

Dr. Silverman is also on the advisory board for the Functional Medicine University and is a seasoned health and wellness expert on both the speaking circuits and within the media. He has appeared on FOX News Channel, FOX, NBC, CBS, CW affiliates as well as The Wall Street Journal and NewsMax, to name a few. He was invited as a guest speaker on “Talks at Google” to discuss his current book. As a frequent published author in peer-reviewed journals and other mainstream publications, including Integrative Practitioner, MindBodyGreen, Muscle and Fitness, The Original Internist and Holistic Primary Care journals, Dr. Silverman is a thought leader in his field and practice.

Tags: opioids | pain | laser therapy | steroids

Avoid Pain Drugs with Laser Therapy

Thursday, 03 May 2018 04:01 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Too often, I see patients who have been prescribed powerful drugs to relieve the pain of joint and muscle injuries. These drugs can have dangerous side effects, including digestive upsets and even opening the pathway to addiction.

Patients come to me because I offer a better, safer way to relieve this type of pain: low-level laser therapy (LLLT), an approach that uses light from a laser to relieve the underlying inflammation causing pain, while also speeding the healing process.

When soft tissues such as muscles and tendons are injured, they release chemicals that set off the body’s natural inflammatory response. The area becomes red, swollen, warm, and painful. Icing, compression, and elevation all help reduce the inflammation — but these are really just first-aid approaches that are only helpful if applied immediately.

Even when they are, inflammation and pain persists for days or even weeks after the injury.

Drugs such as steroids (cortisone), powerful nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), and pain medications (opioids) can help, but their risks often outweigh their benefits.

People with diabetes, for instance, can develop dangerously high blood sugar from steroids.

Prescription nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are notorious for causing stomach bleeding and even heart attacks.

In addition to their potential for accidental overdose and addiction, opioids can cause sedation and depression. 

Why take dangerous drugs when a safe and effective alternative is available?

Laser light delivered directly to the affected area in and around the injured joint can be very helpful for not just relieving pain but also actively promoting healing. The laser reduces inflammation, provides deep tissue therapy, improves blood flow to the area, and accelerates pain relief.  

LLLT works by exposing the injured tissue to coherent light at specific wavelengths — in other words, laser light at wavelengths that have been scientifically shown to help relieve pain.

The light penetrates the skin and into the damaged tissues easily and triggers a biological response that switches on the healing process. The injured area is stimulated to produce a cascade of natural chemicals, such as anti-inflammatory enzymes, that reduce pain and improve mobility in the joint. 

The stimulation from the light helps the body use its own cellular resources to heal itself, with no side effects.

More than three thousand published studies show that LLLT is safe and effective. It’s also painless. The photons from the laser don’t generate any heat — this therapy is also known as cold laser light — so they can’t damage any tissues or cause a sensation of heat.

The procedure goes like this. The doctor uses a small, hand-held laser that never actually touches your skin. A treatment session only takes three to five minutes. Most people feel less pain soon after the first session, and need only two treatments a week for three consecutive weeks to get long-term relief.

LLLT is particularly effective for sports injuries such as tennis elbow and Achilles tendon inflammation. It’s also helpful for other types of pain, such as neck pain, lower back pain, plantar fasciitis, and mildly arthritic joints.

One great use of LLLT is for treating the headaches and neck pain that come from concussions and whiplash injuries.

One of the best aspects of low-level laser therapy is that it’s nontoxic — it can’t cause a dangerous interaction with any medications and it has no side effects. It’s also noninvasive, so you don’t even have to take your clothes off during treatment. And almost anyone can have laser therapy safely.

To find a laser therapist near you, check with your local chiropractors, physical therapists, and orthopedic specialists. For the best, safest results, be sure the low-power laser they use is FDA-cleared and delivers light in the 635 nanometer wavelength.

When my patients tell me how much laser therapy has helped them, I’m not surprised. After all, someone famous once said, “Let there be light.”

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