Ms. L had suffered from chronic back pain for months. It had started in her lower back, and slowly progressed to the surrounding area over the course of just a few months. She had been fairly active her entire life without many issues. But now relatively suddenly was unable to do many of the things she loved. Her biggest issue was, that she couldn’t sit for long periods of time, particularly on any soft surfaces. That had created a really negative impact on her everyday life. Sitting on the couch, in the car, or during a visit with family or friends became difficult or downright unbearable. Even a dinner invitation, usually something to look forward to with joy, became something to dread. Having to sit through an entire meal, she knew her back pain would cause her too much discomfort.Ms. L tried numerous conventional and alternative medical treatments. From pain medication and physiotherapy to massage and acupuncture. However none of these seemed to resolve her problem. She was attending yoga classes on a weekly basis, but was having a lot of difficulty with certain postures and stretches. She was understandably frustrated that her body kept being limited by this pain.
However, Ms. L is also a very determined individual who doesn’t easily give up. Even when some of the professionals she was seeing implied that there was no solution. And that she’d have to learn how to live with her chronic back pain as an unavoidable part of the physical aging process.
Cold Laser Therapy for Chronic Back Pain
So rather than accepting what she was told, she took matters into her own hand. She began to conduct research into various treatments options for chronic back pain similar to hers, mainly from arthritis. After having read numerous articles about Cold Laser Therapy, Ms. L decided that this treatment was definitely worth giving a try, also since it was an alternative to painkillers or worse, resorting to surgery and it’s associated waiting times, risks and implications.
So she called our clinic in December of 2013 to book a Cold Laser Therapy assessment and upon being explained how it worked, decided to start her back treatments immediately.
To her delight, Ms. L started noticing quite an improvement within the first few treatments. She was specifically encouraged by a weekend car trip between Langley and Squamish in British Columbia. This kind of one and a half hour drive had typically became very uncomfortable. Her chronic back pain tended to really kick in. However after her first few laser therapy sessions, she had barely any pain sitting in the car. And she was even more pleased, by being able to get in and out of the car with very little discomfort. This had become a real problem to the point where she thought that she might have to give up driving all together. Seeing this progress was very encouraging for Ms. L.
After a few more treatments, Ms. L started sleeping better and was consistently able to sit for longer periods of time without back pain. She continued to improve over the next several treatment sessions. Bit by bit, she was experiencing noticeable improvements in her daily life. Getting out of bed or standing up from a chair became easier. She could go for walks without much discomfort. And she could even do her housework without issues. After 14 treatment sessions, the pain in Ms. L’s back fully resolved. And she was able to successfully conclude the treatments for her back pain. She was now able to sit through dinners with friends. Or take long car rides when she wanted or needed to. Her movements in yoga class greatly improved over the course of her treatments, and she continues to experience no back pain several months later.