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Billing for Laser Therapy

Posted by Curtis Turchin, M.A., D.C. on Sep 4, 2015 7:00:00 AM

There’s no question that low-level laser therapy can help boost your practice by providing an added dimension that no other modality can do. And there’s also no question that you can bill for laser therapy—but there are issues that can make the billing process difficult.

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Topics: Low Level Laser Therapy, Billing

Tape or Laser: Which Comes First?

Posted by Karen Woodbeck, MS, PT, OCS, ATC, CKTI on Jul 24, 2015 7:00:00 AM

For many trainers and therapists, it’s an age-old question: Which should come first, tape or low-level laser therapy?

But the answer is actually easy: You don’t necessarily have to choose. It all depends on your patient, the type of injury and the goal you’re trying to reach. 

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Topics: Athletic Injuries, Low Level Laser Therapy, Young Athletes, College Athletes, Student Athletes, Taping

Better Together: Taping and Laser

Posted by Karen Woodbeck, MS, PT, OCS, ATC, CKTI on Jul 17, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Want to increase stability, reduce pain and stimulate healing in patients with joint and soft tissue pain? You’re right if you say that no one therapy can do all of that. But like many things, two are better than one, and in this case, that’s taping and low-level laser therapy.

Research shows that both taping and laser can enhance the rehabilitation of an injury and produce faster results. And taping when combined with laser increases the efficacy of both modalities. In fact, I almost always will combine laser with taping, and I use this combination in about 70 percent of my patients. Patients who respond well to laser and taping include those who present with a wide variety of orthopedic and sports-related issues, including sprains and strains, mechanical and hypermobility problems, general overuse issues, cramping and pain. 

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Topics: Athletic Injuries, Low Level Laser Therapy, College Athletes, Student Athletes, Return to play, Athletic Trainers, Professional Athletes, Taping

Move Laser Forward as a Treatment for Brain Injuries

Posted by Curtis Turchin, M.A., D.C. on Jun 12, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Stroke. Sports injuries. Anxiety. Car accidents. At first glance, these differing incidents have little in common.

However, recent studies have shown that brain and nervous system disorders resulting from these conditions and incidents could have a common treatment: low-level laser therapy

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Topics: Athletic Injuries, Concussion, Low Level Laser Therapy, Young Athletes, Mental Health, College Athletes, Student Athletes, Research

Subacromial Syndrome with Low Level Laser

Posted by Curtis Turchin, M.A., D.C. on Mar 19, 2015 11:02:10 AM


Subacromial syndrome is the most common cause of impingement syndrome, the inability of the shoulder to elevate above the head. The cause of this impingement is usually shoulder tendinitis and rotator cuff damage. The most common treatments are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and exercise therapy. Recently, low-level laser therapy (LLLT) was tested to see if it improved the results when used in conjunction with an exercise program.

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Topics: Low Level Laser Therapy

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