One of the most common sports injuries are ankle sprains? Sports injury rehabilitation can help get you back in the game quickly and with optimal health. Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) is rapidly gaining momentum as a fast, efficient way to do just that.
What is Low-level laser therapy?
Low-level laser therapy has an immediate effect of pain relief for motion pain in sports injuries. LLLT is applied to a small treatment area for pain relief.
Trauma from sports injuries causes damage to the cells that make up soft tissues. These damaged cells release chemicals that provoke a natural inflammatory response in the body. This results in redness, swelling, warmth and pain in the injured area. Persistent or recurrent inflammation can predispose athletes to early-onset arthritis or degenerative changes in their joints. Importantly, this condition can affect the weekend warrior to the elite athlete.
The ease of using the laser and the speed with which the athletes respond are key features of LLLT.
Most laser treatment sessions last from just five to fifteen minutes. In addition, its versatility is unmatched. It can be a stand-alone treatment or used in conjunction with sports massage, sports rehab, insoles and stretching programs.
How does LLLT help treat ankle sprains?
One specific application for LLLT is ankle sprains, which have an 80% recurrence rate and high rates of subsequent chronic symptoms. The most frequently seen ankle injury is an ankle inversion sprain.
There are a host of causes and risk factors for ankle sprains. A previous history of ankle sprain is the most common risk factor. For instance, LLLT can be instrumental in reducing the swelling and tissue damage that are typically associated with an acute ankle sprain. recovery times can be decreased by days.
In conclusion, LLLT is an effective treatment for ankle sprains and other sports-related injuries. It is painless and has no side effects.
So, if you are suffering from an ankle sprain or any other sports-related injury, contact our clinics in Beeston, Nottinghamshire and Ilkeston, Derbyshire. Alternatively, you can book an appointment online.