Dr. Edwin Barry and the staff at Avalon Laser Therapy serves the residents of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Voorhees Township, New Jersey. The doctor is Board Certified in Chiropractic Orthopedics and specializes in using laser technology to treat conditions like tennis elbow and other athletic injuries.
Tennis elbow is caused by a person making the same movements over and over again. Repetitive movements cause wear and tear to specific areas of the joint. These abnormal wear patterns can result in pain and inflammation in the joint that will eventually turn into scar tissue. Over time, the wear patterns can cause the joint to function improperly. Tennis elbow is caused by the repetitive swinging motion made by tennis players, much like pitcher's elbow is the result of throwing a baseball in the same manner several hundred times a week. Also known as lateral epicondylitis, anyone can be diagnosed with tennis elbow if they perform constant, repetitive motions with their arms.
Laser procedures work on tennis elbow injuries by targeting the tendons and ligaments. Introducing light waves into the area increases cell reproduction and works to relieve pain and inflammation. Repeated movements can cause abnormal wear and tear on all aspects of the joints. This can damage the tendons and ligaments causing inflammation and leading to intense pain during strenuous levels of activity. As the condition progresses, the pain persists and will eventually become chronic. With the use of laser technology, the injury can be treated without invasive procedures that can cause further damage to the joint and result in lengthy healing times.
Once the condition has been diagnosed, it is important to choose the right treatment method. Laser technology is non-invasive and helps to stimulate new cells and is effective at relieving pain and inflammation. When rebuilding after an injury, the treatment plan will determine the length of healing time. The length of treatment for most injuries that involve repetitive motion can be anywhere from four to eight weeks, depending on the type of treatment chosen. Laser therapy, when used in conjunction with wearing a brace, physical therapy, and other non-invasive forms of treatment, can result in a shorter healing time.