Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine Specialist
Skin Laser Center in Mar Vista, California, helps active individuals who want to facilitate recovery from injuries or improve chronic sports-related conditions. Steven Popkow, MD uses low-level laser therapy that’s been popularized by medical professionals treating injured world-class athletes. Treatments increase blood circulation and maximize wound-healing to get you back on the field, so call for an appointment today.

Sports Medicine Q & A

What conditions or injuries are treated with laser therapy?

Using low-level laser therapy, Dr. Popkow can improve or even eliminate pain associated with sports injuries and chronic conditions. These include arthritis, migraines, back pain, joint sprains, neck pain, whiplash, nerve pain, heel spurs, and plantar fascitis. Many athletes have turned to this form of laser therapy in recent years to limit inflammatory responses to slow-healing injuries. Laser therapy may help athletes and active individuals get back to full speed faster than with conventional treatments alone.

How does it work?

Low-level laser therapy is a relatively painless, non-invasive, non-chemical treatment meant to help control pain when more commonplace therapies have proven ineffective or when the patient needs to speed up recovery time from an injury. Low-level laser light energizes the body with non-thermal photons of light. Light waves are able to reach deep into the body without harming the skin.

Treatment can have wide-ranging physiological benefits that make it a game changer in sports medicine. It provides anti-inflammatory and immunostimulatory effects, and improved blood circulation boosts oxygen flow to the area to promote faster healing. Treatment can help relieve pain and decrease swelling as well.

Does it hurt?

Low-level laser therapy is a gentle therapy. The patient sits or reclines comfortably while Dr. Popkow administers the treatment, gliding the laser over the skin. For the most part, patients do not feel pain, as the procedure doesn’t incorporate the use of pulsating shocks or ultrasound heat. Some patients are slightly sensitive to the touch of the laser‘s probe head when it rests on the skin.

How long does treatment take?

For patients, it’s important to understand that the more chronic the condition, the longer it takes to achieve a response. Most conditions Dr. Popkow sees require at least four or five treatments, while pain felt from some chronic conditions might bring a patient back for 10-15 treatment sessions.

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