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Low Level Laser Therapy at Weld Family Clinic

XLR8_Product_Shot_Straight_OnThe therapeutic benefits of light are well documented and light has been used for centuries as a natural treatment for a multitude of health conditions.  People in northern latitudes often suffer from problems such as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) from shortened days during the winter months.  Reduced sun exposure in the winter months also leads to vitamin D deficiency, which can lead to decreased immune function and increase your chances of illness.
Recent research now suggests that utilizing a specific wavelength of light (635nm) in a red laser can speed healing from injuries, reduce the pain of chronic conditions and may even help with reducing the appearance of scars and conditions such as acne!
Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is delivered via a handheld device and is completely painless.  It can be used on nearly every part of the body to reduce pain and speed healing.
Regular price for this therapy will be $35-45 per session
Now through 12/31/15, we are offering this exceptional service for $15 per session, or if you prepay for 10 sessions, you’ll get two free.
Want to schedule an appointment? Contact us today.



Knee Pain and Chiropractic

I get this question all the time in my chiropractic office – “I have knee pain, should I wear a brace?”  The short answer I’ll start with is “maybe.”

If you want more than that…keep reading.

We need to get a little deeper into the knee and it’s problems before we start discussing whether or not to brace.  The knee is a wonderfully supported joint with cushy shock absorbers called meniscus (pl. menisci) between the bones, a pair of cruciate (crossed) ligaments to keep the knee from sliding forward and backward, and a pair of collateral ligaments – one on each side of the knee – to keep it from buckling in or out. We’d better not forget the iliotibial band – the bain of many runners over the years!  Those are simply the passive structures!  We also have multiple major muscles that cross the joint to help stabilize it – the quadriceps on the front of the thigh who’s ends combine to form the patellar tendon that your kneecap is buried in, the hamstrings on the back of the thigh which include the biceps femoris, semitendinosis and semimembranosis. Also crossing the knee joint are the popliteus on the back of the knee and the sartorius and gracilis muscles.

My point with the last paragraph was to illustrate that the knee is already very well supported without some restrictive ace bandage or neoprene sleeve to immobilize it.

So let’s talk about when you have knee pain and you DO need a brace…

If you’ve suffered significant damage to the supporting structures of the knee such as the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL), the Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) or the medial or lateral collateral ligaments, you will likely require a brace of some sort (if it’s significant enough, you may have damaged one of your menisci as well and some such injuries require surgical repair). Also of note is a rupture of the patellar tendon which usually causes your quadriceps to roll up in your thigh – this is a bad thing and absolutely requires surgical repair.

…and when you don’t need a brace for knee pain

If you’re carrying some extra weight around the middle and your knees hurt when you go up and down stairs, or for some strange reason you enjoy squatting 500+ pounds, you don’t need a brace for your knee.  If you wore a 40 pound lead hat and complained about neck pain, I wouldn’t give you a neck brace – I’d advise you to take your lead hat off.  You already know what I’m going to tell you to do, so I’ll leave it at that.

If you do have knee pain that keeps you from doing the things you enjoy, please call our office and schedule a consultation with me.  We’ll explore the possible causes of your knee pain and outline a plan of care to resolve the issues and get you back to life again.



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