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A 27-year-old member asked:

how does high power class iv laser therapy help pinched nerves exactly?

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Dr. MANOHAR CHENCHUGALLA
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Heat generation. ATP: Low-level laser therapy (lllt), is directed at the area of discomfort and have shown pain relief and improvement in function up to one year following treatment. High level therapy is tried in several pain centers and claim fda approved. Most of the leterature does not recommend laser therapy and is still in research and is ongoing. Works by generating heat, increasing ATP level theoretically.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
Never seen or been : Demonstrated that it does at all in truly scientific studies or literature.

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