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By Dr. George Kollias
May 15, 2012
Category: Therapy
Tags: Tennis Elbow  

Tennis ElbowTennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) is a condition of the elbow caused by overuse. It causes inflammation of the tendons that join the forearm muscles on the outside of the elbow when these muscles are used repeatedly.

Contrary to its name, you don’t have to be a tennis player to get tennis elbow. The condition can be caused by any activity that involves repeated twisting of the wrist. Plumbers, chefs, construction workers and even those who frequently use a computer mouse are also prone to the condition.

Symptoms of tennis elbow develop slowly, getting worse over weeks and months. The most common symptoms include:

  • Elbow pain that gradually worsens
  • Pain radiating from the outside of the elbow to the forearm when doing anything that requires a twisting a motion
  • Weak grasp, making it difficult to open a door, shake hands or hold a coffee mug

Let’s face it—tennis elbow is painful and debilitating. Traditional treatment options include:

  • Rest. Can take several weeks for arm to heal and recover.
  • Activity modification. Changing your form or modifying equipment used in your sport or activity can sometimes help relieve pain.
  • Bracing. Wearing a brace on the forearm may help reduce symptoms.
  • Injection therapy. Corticosteroid injections to reduce inflammation have been effective in the short term.
  • Surgery. When symptoms don’t improve after conservative treatment, surgery may be suggested to repair damaged tissues, in which case extensive rehabilitation and recovery would follow.

Unfortunately, many people continue to suffer from tennis elbow for years despite their best efforts to utilize common treatment methods. The repeated attempts to relieve the pain and regain mobility have ultimately been ineffective.

MLS Laser Therapy in Tampa for Tennis Elbow

Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or a manual laborer, you want to return to your active lifestyle quickly and without medication or surgery.  New clinical evidence from the BMJ medical journal is saying that’s possible with Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT).

Low Level Laser Therapy is a safe and non-invasive alternative to tennis elbow treatment.  Dr. Kollias, Tampa chiropractor, offers the most powerful form of LLLT, called MLS Laser Therapy.  This advanced low level laser works by accelerating the healing process to decrease inflammation and pain without drugs or invasive measures. Unlike other traditional treatments, MLS Laser Therapy has no known negative side effects, and it works quickly with a series of short treatments that last just minutes in duration.

 

By Dr. George Kollias
May 01, 2012
Category: Therapy

Back Pain
Everyone suffers from occasional muscle pain. But one type of muscle discomfort, myofascial pain syndrome, can last for days on end.  Myofascial pain syndrome is the most common cause of undiagnosed aches and pain, such as chronic headaches and back pain. This musculoskeletal condition is characterized by persistent pain originating from trigger points (sensitive points in your muscles) all over the body.

There’s no known cause of myofascial pain syndrome. However, strains or injuries to the muscles, ligaments or tendons may aggravate the condition.  The most common symptom of myofascial pain syndrome is long lasting or persistent muscle pain in areas such as the back, neck, shoulders, and chest.  Other common symptoms of myofascial pain may include:

  • A tender knot in a muscle
  • A deep, aching pain in a muscle
  • Reduced range of motion in the affected area
  • A feeling of weakness in the affected muscle
  • Pain that persists or worsens
  • Pain that interferes with sleep

The most commonly used interventions for treatment include physical therapy, injection therapy, pain medication and massage.  But more recently, a study by the International Association for the Study of Pain has found strong evidence for Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) and its ability to effectively inhibit pain and inflammation caused by myofascial pain syndrome.

Also known as Cold Laser Therapy, LLLT was recently approved by the FDA and is a remarkably effective treatment for myofascial pain and many other chronic musculoskeletal conditions. Dr. Kollias is one of the few chiropractors in Tampawho can offer LLLT. He has had great success in using this breakthrough technology for the treatment of chronic myofascial pain.

The low level laser treatment has several advantages compared to other short-term or intrusive procedures. LLLT eliminates pain and inflammation, promotes natural healing without the use of medication, is safe and non-invasive, and improves the overall quality of life.

Unlike most lasers, LLLT is “cold.”  Heat is not used on the body’s tissues, but rather it gently stimulates nerve cells to repair damage. Each treatment session takes only a few minutes, and results are long lasting with many patients feeling improvement right away.

To learn more about LLLT, contact Dr. Kollias. Find out if you are a candidate for Low Level Laser Therapy, and say goodbye to your chronic pain once and for all.

By Dr. George Kollias
April 30, 2012
Category: Therapy
Tags: Shoulder Pain  

Laser Therapy, A Painless, Non-Surgical Option for Frozen Shoulder

Shoulder PainIf you’ve ever suffered from shoulder pain, then you know how unbearable it can be to live with.  Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is one type of shoulder condition that causes substantial pain and loss of movement in the shoulder joint.  Frozen shoulder is the result of inflammation, scarring and a reduction of the capsule that surrounds the normal shoulder joint. When the capsule thickens, the shoulder becomes painful and the bones are unable to move freely in the joint. Over time, tasks as simple as putting on a coat or reaching above your head can be very painful and difficult.

Generally there is no cause for frozen shoulder, although it most commonly affects patients 40 years of age and older.  People with certain medical conditions, such as diabetes are also at a greater risk.

Finally, Conservative and Long Lasting Treatment for Shoulder Pain

Until recently, treatment for frozen shoulder involved a variety of interventions, including oral medications, injection therapy, aggressive surgery and ongoing rehabilitation. According to a recent study by the BMJ Sports Medicine Journal, many of these commonly used interventions lack evidence of effectiveness, reporting slow healing time and short-term results. One treatment, however, Laser Therapy (LLLT) showed strong evidence for effectively and non-invasively treating frozen shoulder pain and restoring mobility—without pain, without drugs and with lasting results.

A new more powerful form of LLLT, called MLS Laser Therapy, is a new technology that offers a non-intrusive option to more invasive interventions like surgery.  The laser works by penetrating deeply into the skin with no heating effect or potential tissue damage, and works by restoring the abnormal cellular function to promote natural healing.  Treatment times vary for each patient, but in general actual laser exposure lasts only a few minutes per treatment.

Dr. Kollias is currently the only physician in Tampa who utilizes MLS Laser Therapy to successfully treat chronic pain caused by a variety of musculoskeletal conditions.  Several patients with frozen shoulder have had tremendous success in relieving their chronic pain and regaining full motion in their shoulder in significantly less time than other alternative treatment methods.

If you are looking for a quick, painless, non-surgical solution to your chronic shoulder pain, contact Dr. Kollias today to learn more about MLS Laser Therapy today.  You can also find out more by watching our videos on MLS Laser Therapy here.

By Dr. George Kollias
April 16, 2012
Category: Therapy
Tags: Laser Therapy  

Laser TherapyImagine being able to significantly reduce your chronic neck pain or arthritis with just a few quick, painless treatments that involve no medication, surgery or lengthy visits to the doctor. Tampa, FL chiropractor, Dr. George Kollias, is helping patients do just that with the introduction of Robotic MLS laser therapy. Whether you suffer from chronic shoulder pain, a work-sustained injury, stiff knees or backaches, there is relief for your agonizing discomfort.

Dr. Kollias utilizes the cutting edge MLS (Multi-wave Lock System) robotic M6 laser, one of the most technologically advanced therapeutic class 4 lasers approvedby the FDA. Unlike traditional lasers, the MLS laser is capable of delivering much more healing energy than other devices. The increase in power translates to faster treatment times, reduced therapy sessions and immediate, long-lasting pain relief for the patient.

Utilizing a robotically controlled delivery system, MLS laser therapy involves the application of focused laser light to painful muscle, bone and joint conditions to stimulate healing. MLS is used to repair and restore abnormal cellular function, resolve inflammation, increase range of motion and provide pain relief. This form of treatment is especially beneficial for athletes due to its quick recovery time.
One of the greatest benefits of the MLS laser therapy is that it is a completely painless procedure. By delivering a pulsed beam, it remains ‘cool,’ making it both safe and comfortable to the patient. The body absorbs the light injury from the laser, which stimulates the body’s natural healing process. Treatment times vary for each patient, but in general actual laser exposure lasts only a few minutes per treatment, with regularly scheduled treatments based on the patient’s specific needs.  The treatment has a high satisfaction rate with a majority of patients experiencing a significant reduction in pain following the application of the MLS laser.

MLS laser therapy from Dr. Kollias helps patients by:

  • Controlling inflammation
  • Reducing chronic and acute pain
  • Regenerating tissue
  • Improving range of motion
  • Accelerating healing time

What conditions can be treated?
MLS laser therapy has been successfully used to treat many conditions such as acute and chronic pain reduction, edema reduction, and enhanced tissue wound healing and cell regeneration. Common conditions MLS laser therapy can help with include:

  • Neck Pain 
  • Back Pain  
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Headache
  • Sprains/Strains
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome  
  • Sinus Problems
  • Arthritis  
  • Whiplash
  • Sports Injuries
  • And more

Patients seeking a non-invasive, drug-free treatment option for their acute or chronic pain may benefit from low level laser therapy.  Visit www.tampalasertherapy.com to learn more, or talk to Dr. Kollias and find out if you are a candidate for MLS laser therapy today!