FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
What does laser therapy
have over other forms of therapy?
Laser therapy does not require the use of drugs or surgery, there are less side effects or
risks, and it is quick and convenient. Studies have shown that it is equal to
or more effective than other forms of physical therapy.
Does it hurt? What does
the treatment feel like?
There is little or no sensation during treatment. Occasionally one feels mild,
soothing warmth. There is no pain associated with the treatment. Laser
treatment is relaxing and some people even fall asleep. On the other hand, it
sometimes occurs that pain can increase or begin 6-24 hours after a treatment
session. This is because the laser light starts the healing process. This type
of pain is particularly likely to arise when the health problems are chronic in
their nature. It usually subsides after a few days but can, in rare cases, last
How long does the
The typical course of treatment is 10-20 minutes, depending on the size of
the area being treated. Acute conditions may be treated daily, particularly if
they are accompanied by significant pain. More chronic problems respond better
when treatments are received 2 to 3 times a week. Treatment plans are
determined on an individual basis.
How many treatments does
This depends on the nature of the condition being treated. For some acute
conditions, 2 to 6 treatments may be sufficient. More chronic conditions may
require 10-20 sessions. Conditions such as severe arthritis may
require ongoing periodic care to control pain.
How long before results
You may feel improvement in your condition (usually pain reduction) after the
very first treatment. Each treatment is cumulative and results are often felt
after 2 to 4 sessions. Treatments just take a few minutes, however the
therapeutic effect continues to sooth and heal long after you leave our
Are the results long
Therapeutic Laser Therapy is about healing. It’s not about masking or covering
up a condition. When you feel better from this therapy… it’s because you are
better. Therefore results have been found to be quite long lasting.
Can it be used in
conjunction with other forms of treatment?
Yes, laser therapy is even more effective when combined with other forms of
therapy, including physical therapy, chiropractic, massage, soft tissue
mobilization, electrotherapy, and following surgery.
Can laser therapy be
used over medical implants or over metal?
Yes, laser therapy is a light treatment. No heating is involved with the
surgical or metal implants. It can be used safely with no side effects. It is
extremely effective for post-operative wound healing. Many hip and knee
replacement patients see us for care.
Is it covered by medical
Laser therapy is not covered by OHIP but is covered under many private plans.