TheraLase Laser Therapy FAQ

How does TheraLase Laser work?

Laser is light or phototherapy which has been shown to affect cellular activity in the following ways:

  • Stimulate cell growth;
  • Increase cell metabolism;
  • Improve cell regeneration;
  • Produce an anti-inflammatory response;
  • Produce an edema reduction;
  • Reduce fibrous tissue formation;
  • Stimulate nerve function;
  • Reduce the production of substance P (a pain producing substance);
  • Stimulate long-term production of nitric oxide;
  • Decrease the formation of bradikynin, histamine and acetylcholine (pain producers);
  • Stimulate the production of endorphins.

These photobiological responses are largely responsible for the pain-relieving effects often observed in patients treated with laser therapy.

I use laser for pain management and faster healing. Laser penetrates deep in the tissue to reduce pain and inflammation.

What can I expect at my appointments?

You will be invited into the treatment room. Laser treatment needs to be delivered to exposed skin so you can lift up a shirt if it is on your low back. You can change into shorts or a gown if that is necessary. You may be asked to move the targeted limb or area while the laser is being used over the target area.

The TheraLase laser is completely painless. Each laser treatment takes approximately 5-25 minutes depending on the area and number of areas on the body that need treatment. If you are seeing the doctor with your appointment, expect to schedule approximately 25-30 minutes. After you are done you can get back to your normal activities immediately with absolutely no downtime.

What happens if I miss an appointment?

It is not recommended that you miss an appointment. A typical treatment plan may consist of 2-3 treatments spaced one day apart during the first – third week. Prior to starting the TheraLase laser treatment, it is important that you are committed to the recommended protocol which includes at least 6 treatments for best results. 

How is Laser different than Ultrasound?

Ultrasound and laser are both non-invasive procedures that helps the body remove trapped fluids in the involved area of pain. Laser is more powerful and penetrates deeper into the muscle than ultrasound. Laser does not require the use of a gel on the skin and laser is a better local anesthesia. Both treatments are 100% non-invasive and occasionally are combined during the same therapy session. Laser does not cause any pain, use gels, creams, numbing agents or needles.

Is there any downtime?

Absolutely ZERO downtime. During the treatment you will feel no discomfort, no anesthesia will be used and you can assume normal activities immediately following each laser treatment session.

Are there any limitations to what I can do if I’m using TheraLase?

No. During the treatment period you can continue your normal activities. It is strongly recommended that you commit to and follow the treatment protocol: stay hydrated (8-10 glasses of water a day), continue to eat healthy and exercise (walk at least 30 minutes a day).

 What conditions can I use TheraLase Laser for?

  • Arthritis pain (Osteoarthritis, RA)
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Inner Thigh Muscle Injuries
  • Ankle & Foot conditions (Sprains, Strains, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome)
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Cervical spine conditions (Sprains, Strains, Osteoarthritis, Radiculopathy, Herniation, Facet Joint Syndrome)
  • Elbow – Epicondylitis, Tendonitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hands and fingers
  • Headaches (Tension, Migraine, Cervicogenic)
  • Hip area pain (Bursitis, Osteoarthritis, Capsulitis, Sprains, Strains, Piriformis Syndrome)
  • Knee pain (Ligaments, Meniscal tears, Tendonitis, Osteoarthritis, Patellofemoral Syndrome)
  • Lumbar spine disorders (Sprains, Strains, Osteoarthritis, Radiculopathy, Herniation, Facet Joint Syndrome)
  • Neuropathy pain
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff injuries
  • Sinusitis
  • TMJ conditions
  • Thigh & Leg muscle injuries
  • Wrist Injuries & Disorders

Is it covered by insurance?

Maybe! Please call the office at 310-444-9393 to see if you are covered by your insurance.

Is it safe?

Yes, there is no risk involved in using the TheraLase Laser therapy and it is considered a safe alternative to Opioids and invasive procedures such as cortisone injections. Laser treatment is 100% non-invasive and causes no bruising, scaring and zero downtime. During the treatment you will feel no discomfort, no anesthesia will be used and you can assume normal activities immediately following each treatment.

Is it safe if I have a medical condition such as diabetes?

Yes, with a few exceptions. If you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant, laser should not be used. Additionally, if you have a pacemaker, this treatment may not be for you. Laser will not be applied over the thyroid gland, ovaries and testicles. Laser may effective on patients with diabetes to increase blood flow.

Are there any side effects?

No. The treatment process is completely non-invasive.

Is it effective?

Yes, with the TheraLase Laser therapy treatment and by following the recommended treatment plan for success, we see better than average results without side effects from risky drugs.

How long do results last?

By maintaining a healthy diet and following Dr. Tucker’s personally targeted exercise program, you can expect long-term results. TheraLase Laser is especially ideal for 2 types of people: those that are already following a healthy diet and lifestyle and have an acute sports injury OR those who have chronic pain from ‘wear and tear’ conditions, such as arthritis and degeneration.

How long does it take to begin seeing results?

Many see results after only one or two treatment sessions. As your range of motion increases we notice that the pain levels go down. Most experience a large difference after 6 sessions.

Is everyone a good candidate for the TheraLase Laser treatment?

Almost all people are good candidates. Even people who suffer chronic pain are candidates for a trial of treatment as many have experienced sought after relief.

Call 310-444-9393 for a TheraLase Therapy consultation.