In 2002 a new FDA category was created specifically for Erchonia© lasers, as the clinical data and trials were so overwhelming in their healing efficacy and pain relief, that they could not be ignored. To date, Erchonia© has gained 14 FDA market clearances (6 for their therapy lasers and 7 for their cosmetic lasers) and has completed more level 1 trials than all other laser companies combined. Erchonia© Medical are the developers of Cold or Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT; 3LT), making the safest and most effective cold lasers on the market for human and animal use.
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To view all of Erchonia Medical’s clinical trials: http://www.erchonia.com/research-articles
WHAT ARE COLD LASERS USED FOR?
Lasers fall into the branch of science known as Quantum Physics. Like matter, light is formed of distinct particles. Unlike matter, each of these particles is a distinct wavelength.
In all clinical trials, a nanometre wavelength of between 630 and 640nm proved to have the most beneficial effects in healing and pain relief. It is for this reason that Erchonia© Therapeutic Lasers are set at 635 nm. Photons in this wavelength are visible red to the human eye (unlike Infra Red which is invisible –devices implementing Infra Red have an added red LED light bulb).
Quanta is delivered through Erchonia’s patented, line-generated beam of coherent light to areas of injury and corresponding dermatome to effect the best healing and pain relief responses in humans and all other mammals.
Lancet reported “We show that LLLT reduces pain immediately after treatment”. Article: Erchonia Pain Management
Erchonia© LLLT main functions are:
- Reducing inflammation
- Anti-viral / Anti-bacterial
- Reducing or eliminating pain.
Human pain applications:
- Sports injuries
- Arthritis pain
- Shoulder, elbow and wrist pain
- Pain related to herniated discs
- Neck pain
- Lower back pain
- Ankle and foot pain
- Sprained ligaments
- Strained muscles
- Hip and knee pain
- Other musculoskeletal conditions
HOW DO LLLT (COLD LASERS) WORK?
Low Level Lasers (‘Cold’, LLLT or 3LT), such as the PL Touch® and VLS® (for Humans and animals) work by way of a photo-chemical response. Erchonia© LLLT Lasers increase the bio-availability of energy for tissue interaction and absorption.
Because of Erchonia’s© patented line-generated beam, it effects the entire dermatome pathway, creating a faster recovery and healing response by accelerating tissue repair and cell growth. This has been proven in multiple Level 1 Trials (randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled trials resulting in 14 FDA clearances – human trials) done with Erchonia© Lasers. Since there is no placebo effect with animals, their evident relaxing after only a couple of minutes makes it clear as you are threating them that they are feeling less pain. Some of the indications for use are:
With an Erchonia© laser, photons of light, delivered by a specific wavelength (635 nm and visible red in the spectrum), at a specific frequency and dose, are absorbed by photon receptors under the dermis which stimulat light sensitive molecules such as cytochromes and chromophores. Through a vast cellular communication network of Electron transport, the energy stored in the light particles is then converted to a chemical energy – adenosine triphosphate (ATP). The body can now use it to accelerate the healing process in much the same way as the sun’s rays are converted into vitamin D and then transported to the bones. Energy deprived cells are unable to engage in the body’s healing process. Once the light energy is absorbed by photon receptors under the dermis and converted into ATP, it is delivered to injured cells at the mitochondria level. This energy is used by the cells to replenish themselves. Once cells are fully recharged they are able to replicate and divide, creating a cascade, or avalanche effect to heal the injured area. Because Erchonia© therapy lasers are only 7.5 mW of power they are non-heat generating and cannot burn or damage tissues the way that high-powered Infra Red devices can. This makes Erchonia© lasers all Class II lasers. They are the safest on the market as well as the most effective with the greatest amount of level I clinical trials being completed.
In a study at Straub hospital in Honolulu it reduced human burn patients pain from level 10 down to level 2 or 1 in a few minutes, allowing doctors to de-bride areas without narcotics – unheard of in a burn patient.
Therefore, Erchonia© LLLT lasers, by way of the bio-available light, stimulate the production of ATP, thus oxygenating the cells at the mitochondria level and accelerating the healing process.
The newest version – the VLS is a smaller, hand-held device, designed specifically for veterinarians to have one hand free. It has a user friendly interface which utilizes ‘smart-touch’ technology. In Veterinary applications, the VLS® works in exactly the same way as the human version at the same 635 nm wavelength and at the same 7.5 mW of power. The difference is that it has pre-programmed frequencies for each of – Canine, Feline, Equine and Exotics for typical conditions that you would see in veterinary practice, such as ‘tendon’, ‘bone’, ‘ligament’, ‘wound’, ‘neurological’, etc. In addition there are 20 programmable frequency spaces for your personal choices, which we would be happy to help you with.
All Erchonia© Lasers are easy to operate and can be used by your trained technicians, freeing up your valuable time.
Erchonia’s 635 nm LLL is the only FDA cleared device to reduce post surgical pain and reduce scarring, proven in Level 1 trials.
The VLS® hand-held device can be used both pre and post-op by a trained technician to:
- significantly reduce pain
- accelerate healing
- negate surgery site infections
- reduce scarring
In Veterinary medicine it has proved effective for:
- Any condition that is either neurological or musculoskeletal
- Directly before and after surgery to eliminate site infections, speed healing and reduce the need for pain medication
- Chronic non-healing wounds
- Help heal broken bones and lessen associated after-issues
- Decrease inflammation associated with numerous conditions
- Lameness / arthritis / chronic degenerative conditions (Navicular Syndrome)
- Spinal trauma
- Feather picking
- Skin allergies
- Lick granulomas
- Ear infections
- Bladder infections
- Intestinal disorders
- Abscesses / skin lesions
- Renal disease
- Non-surgical treatment of ACL (partial tears)
- Hip dysplasia
Veterinarians who would like to book a demonstration of a therapeutic laser for pain relief or wound healing at your clinic are welcome to call us. We would be happy to come to your clinic and give a free treatment in the way of a demonstration on any pet that has arthritis, a non-healing wound, lick granuloma, necrotic tissue or many other conditions.