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GIVORYGIRL posted:
I saw a commercial the other day for this deep tissue laser therapy treatment that was being offered by a Dr./Chiropractor? that also does that therapy with that machine that is supposed to do spinal decompression. Anyway, this deep tissue laser therapy looked interesting to me as I suffer from chronic myofacial pain. Does anyone know anything about this treatment or if it really gives any relief? Has anyone had this treatment? Any Docs that perform this treatment? I also wonder if it would be covered under worker's comp or even regular health insurance? If anyone has any info or opinions on this, I'd love to hear about it. Thanks.
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davedsel57 responded:
Hello.

I have no personal experience with this therapy. From what I have heard, however, these treatments are very expensive and not covered by any health insurance plan. I have also heard that they do not have a high success rate.

If you are experiencing back pain, you need to talk to your primary doctor first. Then you should see a spine specialist such as a neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon. You will need a spinal MRI or CT scan of the area causing you pain. After this diagnostic testing, the spine specialist can accurately diagnose your conditions and recommend an effective treatment plan. You may also need/want to see a pain management specialist.

Chiropracty is a controversial therapy. I personally get a a chiropractic adjustment about once per month as part of my pain management routing. Before going for any type of treatment, you need to have the MRI or CT scan and an accurate diagnosis.
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GIVORYGIRL replied to davedsel57's response:
Thanks for the info Dave. Things that seem too good to be true usually are! I'm not really new to this pain business. I've been under the care of an Osteopath/Pain Management Specialist for several years now and have had all the tests, several different therapies and medications.I'm just always on the lookout for new and improved methods that bring some relief. I'm always willing to hear other people's opinions and modalities that work for them. So, thanks again, and hang in there!
 
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Peter Abaci, MD responded:
I don't have any personal experience with deep tissue laser therapy. Here are a few important things to remember:

  1. There is a difference between acute injuries and chronic pain. Treatments that help decrease inflammation or promote tissue healing from acute injuries may not do much for chronic conditions.
  2. The treatment of chronic pain is big business. A lot of companies make a lot of money off of other peoples' pain. Try to use your hard earned dollars on things that you are confident will make you healthier and feel better.
 
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GIVORYGIRL replied to Peter Abaci, MD's response:
That is definately food for thought Doc. It helps to be reminded of these things before getting one's hopes up and not doing the homework. Thanks.....
 
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cweinbl responded:
Chiropractors are not medical doctors. Do you really want to trust your health to someone who never went to medical school, much less completed and internship or residency? They cannot order or interpret complex radiological tests, prescribe medication or hospitalize a patient. They use an X-ray for diagnosis. X-rays do not visualize soft tissue, such as disc material, ligaments, tendons, cysts or tumors.

The chance of treating a deep tissue injury with a laser is not very high. To be effective, it would liikely damage other tissue along the way. However, if you are deeply interested in trying this method, there is one good way to determine its efficacy. Go to a real doctor (someone with the letters "MD" after his or her name). If that person recommends that you try the laser, then go for it.
 
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GIVORYGIRL replied to cweinbl's response:
You're absolutely right! I am planning of asking my Osteopath what he thinks about it when I see him on Monday. I have a feeling I know what he'll say. And it probably won't be a glowing review! Thanks for yet another insight on the subject. I really appreciate it. My original instinct was not to trust the method. Sometimes I forget that my first instinct is almost always right. So thanks for reminding me of that.
 
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TyJamarsMa responded:
I have arthritis in my C4/5, disk degeneration, compressed nerve at the C2/3, pinched nerve at the C6/7 and constant muscles spasms in my mid back because of it. I've tried about everything you can imagine, seen all the doctors so I figured I'd try the laser since I was offered 3 free treatments. Honestly I was skeptical, but the day after my first treatment the headaches were gone and I was in no pain for 2 days. I've been in horrible constant pain for a couple years now, so 2 days pain free was HUGE. Of course, you are supposed to have several treatments to reach maximum relief and of course insurance doesn't cover it....so the 3 treatments I received were GREAT! I truly wish I could afford to have the laser treatment as recommended because it brought me more relief than any epidural in my neck, any trigger point injection, any med, or the occipital nerve block....and all of those come with pain, the laser is painless and quick with no side effects. Maybe one day insurance will cover it. If you can afford it DO IT!!!!!
 
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JonRo replied to TyJamarsMa's response:
So many of the posts on this site are from people selling something that might or might not be snake oil. But my wife's sciatica has gotten dramatically worse lately, about a year after her 2nd round of epidural steroid injection. I saw an ad for this in the paper and am trying to find out if might be better than snake oil but less drastic than surgery.

If by chance you opted to be alerted of new posts, I was hoping you could post an update. It's been 5 months since your post - are you still "pain free" or has the pain returned? Thank you!


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