Interstitial laser therapy of chronic spinal complaints
A new technique, the so-called percutaneous interstitial laser therapy (with the use of a sterile catheter), allows the laser light to be used even deeper in the tissue, for successful treatment of slipped discs and spinal stenoses.
Using this technique, considerably improved therapeutic results are obtained, because it is possible to achieve a penetration depth of up to 12 cm in this way. Also green and blue lasers, which are normally already absorbed on the surface of the tissue, can be used deep in the tissue and can develop their anti-inflammatory effect.
Application areas of interstitial laser therapy:
- Chronic spinal illnesses
- Slipped discs
- Scar pain after slipped disc surgery
- Spinal stenoses
- Neural lesions
- Deep tendinitis and strains
In addition to use for interstitial laser therapy, the new technology also enables direct intra-articular treatment of injured joints (e.g. knee or shoulder joint).
Application areas of intra-articular laser therapy:
- Arthrosis of the knee
- Arthrosis of the hip
- Chronic shoulder syndromes
- Arthrosis of the ankle
- PRP extraction and injection into the affected joint or inflammated area
- Recommendation: Use of special sterile PRP kits for guaranteed application of sufficient numbers of thrombocytes
Combination with Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP):
The principle: Platelet-Rich-Plasma (PRP) Therapy for activating body’s own healing powers
PRP (platelet-rich or thrombocyte-rich plasma) is a modern therapy approach for strengthening autologous cell regeneration and activating the body’s own growth factors, cytokines and stem cells.
PRP is obtained easily and safely by centrifugation from patient’s whole blood. Thrombocytes contain a large amount of different growth factors and cytokines, which in turn have regenerating effects on the tissue. Injections of PRP into the affected tissue stimulate cell production, angiogenesis and formation of connective tissue. Also, proliferation of stem cells, fibroblasts and mononuclear leucocytes is induced. The autogenous treatment has analgesic, anti-inflammatory and wound-healing accelerating effects, is versatile and can be used in orthopedics (osteoarthritis, bone regeneration), sports medicine (tendinopathies, fractures, tissue repair) and aesthetic medicine (skin rejuvenation, hair loss). The whole procedure takes no longer than 20 minutes. There are no risks or side effects for the patient.
PRP therapy can be combined with interstitial and intra-articular laser therapy very successfully. Due to the regenerative cellular effects of laser light treatment outcomes can be improved significantly.
Advantages of PRP therapy:
- Boosts local healing and tissue (re)growth
- Natural procedure with patient’s own blood: no side effects or toxicities
- Individual therapy
- Easy handling, procedure doesn’t take longer than 20 min.
- Supports the body’s own potency of healing
- Cartilage protection and anti-inflammatory effects
- Prevention or delay of surgery
- Improvement in quality of life
- Cost efficiency (no other substances necessary)
- Can be combined with other methods such as laser therapy
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