Insurance Cover Laser Therapy

FAQ: Will Insurance Cover Laser Therapy Treatments?

Here at Borja PT, our world revolves around our patients’ needs! Our highly trained and experienced team is here to make your recovery a reachable goal! We specialize in keeping you active. By doing so, we empower your decision to heal the natural way, without relying on pain pills, injections or surgery. That’s where laser therapy comes in. Its revolutionary science has been helping millions of people across the world achieve the pain relief they’ve been dreaming of. So, let’s take a closer look at laser therapy and answer some of your burning questions, like what are the different types of lasers, how many treatments do you need, and will insurance cover laser therapy treatments?

Insurance Cover Laser Therapy

What Is Laser Therapy?

First, let’s talk about what laser therapy is and how it works.

The purpose of laser therapy is to eliminate injury symptoms and accelerate recovery. It works on a cellular level to reduce pain and inflammation quickly. Basically, light enters your body and is absorbed by your cells. When damaged cells take in the light, they become supercharged and start a series of positive changes. As a result, your body’s natural healing processes speed up, allowing you to get out of pain and move easier than before.

One of the best parts about laser therapy is that treatment isn’t invasive. Not to mention, it’s safe, fast, and painless. You can get treatment directly on the skin or about a half inch above the area, depending on the injury. While all injuries are different, most people see results within as little as 3 to 5 sessions. Better yet, the effects of the laser continue up to 18 hours after treatment. This means you’ll heal throughout your day, long after your treatment.

Laser therapy can treat conditions like:

  • Low Back Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Neck Pain
  • Arthritis
  • TMJ
  • Elbow Pain
  • …And More!

Laser therapy also helps with post-surgical recovery. In fact, in some cases, it can prevent surgery altogether.

What Are The Different Types Of Laser Therapy?

The FDA has divided all lasers into 4 different classes. They’re grouped based on the amount of power they emit, with class I being the lowest and class IV being the highest.

Class II and III lasers are called low level lasers. Low level lasers have enough power to work on the surface of your skin without creating a flush of heat. Due to their limited power, these lasers have less of an impact on injuries because they only deliver a small amount of photons to damaged cells. So, they can still benefit less dense areas, but it will take much longer to be effective.

Class IV Lasers

Class IV lasers, on the other hand, are the most powerful medical lasers available. They penetrate deep in the body, going through muscles, joints, and even bones. The light actually targets injured tissue. In fact, studies show that damaged cells have a stronger response to laser light than healthy cells do.

A specific wavelength is used with class IV lasers. The light stimulates cells to promote healing from within, effectively treating injury symptoms rather than simply masking them. Class IV lasers deliver powerful doses of light in a small amount of time. This means your treatment is short and effective, saving you both time and money. Talk about a win-win.

Does Insurance Cover Laser Therapy?

Some insurance companies cover low level laser therapy services. Hospitals and inpatient facilities have been using these lasers for years to safely treat patients with a range of conditions. Unfortunately, because the lasers are less powerful, they have significantly lower results, often leaving people feeling disappointed.

Here at Borja PT, we use the class IV Lightforce FXi Laser. It’s an excellent way to relieve pain without relying on surgery or prescription meds. Whether you’ve had pain for just a few days or for several months, laser therapy can help.

Currently, insurance does not cover class IV laser therapy. However, more and more companies are beginning to see the benefits of laser therapy and move toward possibly making it a covered benefit down the road.

In the meantime, we offer several laser therapy packages.

Laser is often used with other kinds of therapy, especially physical therapy. In fact, using both together makes treatment even more effective. Think of it as working double to recover and get back to enjoying the things you love. We offer discounts for those who do both PT and laser together.

PT focuses on controlling pain and improving function. This is done by strengthening muscle groups that are responsible for stability. Using laser to speed up your healing can help reach this goal.

For example, some of the benefits of using laser and PT together include:

  • An alternate solution to surgery
  • Pre-surgery treatment
  • Recovery after surgery
  • Faster soft tissue healing

Click here to learn more about our LightForce Laser service or click here to learn about using laser and PT together.

About The Author

Jaime Curl

I've explored many different fields within physical therapy, including acute care and oncology at Troy Beaumont Hospital, elementary through high school levels in the Troy School District, and outpatient physical therapy. As the office manager and marketer, I am able to combine my love for health and exercise science with my people skills, all with a dash of marketing and personal training. My hobbies include spending time with friends and family, baking, crafting, and watching my favorite movies or tv shows.

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