Cold Laser Therapy - long read

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  1. gltomp

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    As some of you know... I've been suffering with severe left shoulder pain and sometimes it hurt to pick up a cup full of coffee much less my bow. To avoid going to the Orthopedic surgeon, I've been seeing a Chiropractor buddy for some relief. This week he emphasized I need to talk with the surgeon, get an MRI and discuss surgical options. I told him NO WAY (again). So... he said he knew of a colleague downstate that has a cold laser and perhaps that may be the way to go before speaking with the surgeon. My chiropractor is even considering purchasing one - but would like to talk with a 'patient' before laying out 17 grand for one.

    So... I made an appointment to have cold laser therapy administered to my shoulder today. The chiropractor said I should be pretty much pain free in 3 to 5 visits - based on my flinches while he pushed, pulled and stretched my arm.

    The laser he used is a theraLASE unit. It is said to treat several conditions including: athletic injuries; disc problems; sciatica; knee pain (including ACL, Meniscus and MCL, LCL tears); rotator cuff tears; frozen shoulder; bicipital tendonitis; post surgical and fracture healing. The therapy does take a few treatment to fully fix certain problems (the longer a problem has been around the longer it takes to heal)... but it has a 96-98% success rate.

    I have a few more treatments to go, but I'm looking forward to hunting turkey with my compound bow this spring -vs- purchasing a crossbow.

    Anyone else have this administered or have any thoughts about it???
     
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    Never even heard of that, sounds pretty interesting...I'd like to hear how it turns out.

    Was this covered by insurance, if you don't mind me asking?
     
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    Cold laser therapy is a technology that has been around for a few years but has only come to the forefront in recent years. Because it is a 'new' technology, insurance companies will not pay for the treatment.

    Prices from this chiropractor's brochure are: 1) Laser therapy w/an adjustment - $10. 2) Laser therapy w/o an adjustment - $20. 3) Laser therapy w/o adjustment at multiple sites - $40. So I thought that was pretty reasonable, however...

    The brochure also states 'Acute conditions usually take up to 5 treatments, Sub-acute conditions take up to 10 treatments, and chronic conditions take up to 20 treatments. Typical sessions take 8-10 minutes.' So it can get 'pricey' is you have a sub-acute or chronic condition.

    I'll keep y'all in the loop as to how it turns out.

    This evening I can tell 'something' has definitely 'awakened' in my shoulder.
     
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    Please let us know how it works.
     
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    gltomp, I applaud your efforts to stay with a vertical bow instead of bowing out to a as we call it in our area a "crossgun".
     
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    Good luck my friend! Hope it works quick and easy for you!!


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    Had my 3rd Treatment this morning.
    Still limited motion, however I do have a larger range of motion w/o severe pain.
     
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    UPDATE: Looks like the laser treatments worked VERY WELL!!! I finished about 2 weeks ago and have been letting my shoulder just plain rest. I went to the local shop today and shot my bow for the first time since deer season finished. Shot about 30 arrows. I did get tired... and my groups started to expand after a half hour... but my shoulder did not hurt or bother me at all.

    I'm going to be shooting daily and practicing from now until the 5/1 opener... :bow:

    LET'S GO TURKEY HUNTING !!!
     
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    Glad to hear from an actual patient that had good luck with the treatment.
     

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