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The only laser manufacturers with a 510K clearance as a NHN (non thermal) laser are the ML830 & Erchonia Laser. Both companies have a specific clearance with the FDA.  

What is LLLT?

LLLT (Low level laser therapy) is a painless, sterile, non-invasive, drug-free treatment which is used to treat a variety of pain syndromes, injuries, wounds, fractures, neurological conditions and pathologies. Laser therapy can be used any time a patient requests or needs a drug-less procedure for the control of pain, when conventional therapies have been ineffective, or when the acceleration of healing from in-juries is desired.

 What to Expect During a Laser Therapy Treatment Session

For most people, laser therapy is quite passive. There are no pulsating shocks felt, as in forms of electronic stimulation, nor heat used as with ultrasounds. The most noticeable sensation is the touch of the probe head of the laser, as it comes in contact with the skin.

The treatment, which may last from 2 to 20 minutes, is not noticed at all.  Following (and even during) a laser therapy session, approximately 75-80% of patients being treated can notice an immediate improvement in their condition. This will depend primarily on the type of condition and the length of time the condition has been present.

Generally, the more chronic or severe the condition, the longer it takes to respond. The majority of conditions treated will take anywhere from 4-5 or 10-18 treatments. Once again, the number of treatments depends upon the severity of the condition and its duration. If your condition does not change immediately, it may take 3-4 sessions before a dramatic or marked change is perceived.

How Does Laser Light Heal?

Healing with the use of light is not new.  With the development of the laser and its special properties, using light as a treatment has gained more popularity. This is because we can now use specific wavelengths of light and give accurately measured doses of energy directly to the appropriate treatment site, which was not possible with other light sources.

Low level lasers supply energy to the body in the form of non-thermal photons of light. Light is transmitted through the skin's layers (the dermis, epidermis and the subcutaneous tissue or tissue fat under the skin) at all wavelengths in the visible range. However, light waves in the near infrared ranges penetrate the deepest of all light waves in the visible spectrum. When low level laser light waves penetrate deeply into the skin, they optimize the immune responses of our blood. This has both anti-inflammatory and immunostimulate effects. It is a scientific fact that light transmitted to the blood in this way has positive effects throughout the whole body, supplying vital oxygen and energy to every cell.


FDA clearance to represent to the public that they provide temporary relief from:
  • Acne vulgaris
  • Sprains and strains
  • Back Pain
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated disc
  • Intractable Pain
  • Muscle spasms or stiffness
  • Post-trauma
  • Acute pain
  • Facet syndrome
  • Sciatica
  • Bone Spurs
  • Tingling and Numbness
  • Sports Injuries
  • Nerve pain

What is the difference between Lasers, LED & SLD light devices?

Some manufacturers produce devices with super luminous diodes (SLD) or light emitting diodes (LED). Monochromatic non-coherent light can be helpful for superficial wound healing, however, numerous studies have shown that lasers are far more effective due to their unique properties and penetration depth. Many super luminous & light emitting diode products are usually very low powered (typically 5mW-15mW), and much of this energy is scattered, therefore requiring longer treatment times.

What is Low Level Cold Laser?

Medical researchers began using laser biostimulation (low-level laser therapy, or “LLLT”) in the 1960’s with low-powered laser beams that produced non-thermal effects on human tissue. The efficacy (self evident truth) of “LLLT” has been substantiated by decades of responsible research that continues to this day.

How can the Cold Laser help me?

The human body normally reacts to this soft tissue trauma by “splinting” the injury with edema, a thin or watery fluid in tissue spaces or cell interstices. However, excess edema causes swelling that inhibits movement of the damaged tissue.

These injuries result in two types of pain. The first is actual traumatic pain from the injury itself, and the second pain is from the swelling that results. LLLT focuses first on the lymphatic system which maintains the body’s fluid balance, while the laser light also helps absorb the excess edema. LLLT thus provides relief in two ways.

Laser wavelengths between 820 nanometers (nm) and 840 nm have an extremely low absorption rates in human tissue. This means that laser light penetrates deeply at those frequencies.  Experimenting clinicians found that an 830 nm laser is optimal for treating chronic pain. An example of how LLLT works involves soft tissue trauma. These types of injuries consist of damage to the deep, sensitive layers of tissue beneath the epidermis, including muscular, neural, lymphatic, and vascular tissue.

Is the ML830 Cold Laser FDA cleared?

MicroLight has FDA clearance for devices under both the “NHN” and “ILY” classifications.The MicroLight ML830® was cleared by the FDA for treatment of carpel tunnel syndrome. This clearance followed a double-blind study on CTS that was conducted at General Motors.

Microlight is the original name in cold laser technology. The ML830® was first introduced to the FDA in 1990, however it wasn’t until February 2002 when clearance to market the device was granted. This was the first FDA clearance ever for a Class IIIb laser. 

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