Wednesday, January 23, 2013
UHS Delaware Valley Therapy Practice now offering laser therapy to treat pain
A new therapy is helping to relieve pain for many patients at UHS Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Services in Walton. Sarah Pawlikowski PT, DPT, manager of this department at UHS Delaware Valley Hospital, explained that since the end of October of 2012, therapists there have been using laser therapy with great success.
“With this new equipment, we are able to treat pain for people with a wide range of ailments – both acute and chronic. We have seen that using laser therapy has helped to control inflammation and accelerated pain relief and the healing process for many of our patients.”
She explained that this therapy is new to the practice at Delaware Valley Hospital, but it has been around for some years. “It is just now becoming a mainstream modality, and not every therapy practice has the equipment. We feel fortunate that we now are able to offer this treatment since acquiring the laser. It is a nice addition to a patient’s comprehensive therapy program”
One of the many benefits is that the therapy is non-invasive, drug-free and pain-free and there are few possible side-effects. “We can use it on almost anyone.” While many patients can benefit, the practitioners have seen the most improvement when treating acute pain including tendonitis, sprains and contusions. “However, we have seen improvement in people with chronic conditions as well.”
The number and frequency of treatments varies. The effect of the treatments is cumulative, so although some will experience improvement after the first session, others might experience improvement after three or four treatments. “There is a regimen we follow. Depending upon the patient and the condition, there will be an average of five to ten treatments, and each treatment lasts for five to fifteen minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated and the condition.”
For more information about Laser Therapy at UHS Physical Rehabilitation at Delaware Valley Hospital, call the office at 607-865-2155. The practice is located on the campus of UHS Delaware Valley Hospital. Office hours are Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
UHS Delaware Valley Hospital is a 25-bed facility based in Walton and offering diagnostic and treatment services, acute care and 24-hour emergency care. The hospital is a member of UHS, a locally-owned, not-for-profit, 916-bed hospital and health care system serving the greater Binghamton area from more than 60 locations around New York's Southern Tier.