LASERS AND SPORTS – HOW THERAPY CAN BRING THEM TOGETHER

 2 weeks ago

written by Sherine Reno, MD


Each season brings a new sport and form of entertainment, with each adding to America’s favorite pastimes. Although they bring many forms of enjoyment, sports-related injuries are increasingly becoming prevalent. Whether it be through getting tennis elbow while playing tennis or sprained ankles in soccer, it is imperative that a new form of sports injury rehabilitation is found that helps athletes to get back in the game quickly with optimal health.

What Can Sports Medicine Help With?

Trauma from sports injuries damages cells which make up soft tissues. These damaged cells release chemicals that cause an inflammatory response in the body, resulting in redness, swelling, and pain in the injured area. Constant inflammation in the same affected area can result in arthritis and degenerative changes in the athlete’s joints. This condition can severely affect the most elite athlete to the one who’s sitting on the bench. Either way, it is an issue that needs to be resolved so more athletes can get back up on their feet.

How Laser Therapy Works

Laser therapy helps with short-term inflammation and lowers the risk of arthritis. Laser therapy is now increasingly being used by professional sports teams and labels such as the Nike Oregon Project since it treats inflammation provides deep-tissue therapy and provides pain relief to athletes.

The reason laser therapy is finding success and support is that it acts directly on the location where the cells have been damaged. Working as a form of an internal massage, it encourages microcirculation of red blood cells and the return of oxygen to the injured area. As laser therapy reduces inflammation and pain, it also enhances the body’s ability to heal itself because it stimulates an enzyme called cytochrome oxidase. This enzyme helps the healing and regeneration process of tissues.

Why Laser Therapy Is The Solution

Laser therapy is the perfect solution to healing sports injuries because it does not provoke serious side effects and provides no discomfort or harm. Additionally, it has been effective for numerous forms of injuries such as on sprains and strains in most areas of the body like the back or shoulder.

Do not let the fear of slipping and falling while playing sports prevent the rise of the next Olympic star. Although injuries are commonplace while playing sports, with laser therapy, it is assured that the healing process is not a difficult one to begin.

Dallas Sports Medicine Specialist Dr. Sherine Reno is a Board Certified American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Specialist focusing on performance sports medicine and injection procedures. Dr. Reno is Medical Director of Performance Sports Medicine, a clinic devoted to the treatment of pediatric to elite level athletes. Dr. Reno has been named 2015-2017 Top10MD an honor only 1-in-3 doctor’s in the United States succeed with this recognition. Contact Dr. Reno today on her profile or call 214.342.0400.

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