Erchonia PL-5000 Low Level Laser Therapy
Low Level Laser, used for the purpose of increasing healing potential, traces its roots back to the early 1970s. Since then, over 1500 research articles have been published describing the beneficial affects and increased healing potential of this modality. In 1996, Erchonia Medical Inc. was created and quickly established itself as the industry leader in research and technological advances in this field. In 2002, the Erchonia PL-5000 was the first Low Level Laser to receive FDA clearance for the treatment of neck pain. Currently, the FDA is reviewing several studies indicating increased bone healing following fracture and increased wound healing with the use of Low Level Laser Therapy.
Erchonia has received much publicity over the last several years for being the modality of choice used by Dr. Jeff Spencer, team Chiropractor for the US Postal/Discovery Cycling team during all 7 of Lance Armstrong’s Tour de France victories and Team Discovery’s 2007 Tour de France win with Alberto Contador winning the race. These athletes along with hundreds of thousands world-wide have experienced the benefit of low level laser therapy.
Some of the researched* beneficial effects of cold laser are:
- Accelerated and improved wound healing
- Decrease in pain intensity
- Increased ATP production/cellular activity
- Increased micro-circulation of blood
- Reduced free-radical production and accumulation
- Increased protein synthesis
*Vladimirov YA, Osipov AN, Klebanov GI. Photobiological Principles of Therapeutic Application of Laser Radiation. Biochemistry 2004;6(1): 103-113