The contraindications, warnings and possible adverse effects of laser therapy are discussed below.
For additional information about the potential benefits versus those risks associated with laser therapy and how they may affect the outcome in your particular case, please consult your doctor.
Do not apply infrared light to abdominal or lumbosacral points in pregnant females. (Laser is contra-indicated for use over the pregnant uterus. It may be used on the pregnant woman as an adjunct to the other modalities being used for the treatment of back pain or other complaints);
Do not apply infrared light to the epiphyseal lines in children;
Do not apply infrared light to the thorax or over the pacemaker itself in patients with pacemakers;
Do not apply infrared light over the thyroid gland, ovaries and testicles;
Do not apply infrared light to patients who are taking drugs that have heat or light sensitive contraindications, such as but not limited to certain types of steroids;
Do not apply infrared light over areas recently injected with corticosteroids;
Do not apply infrared light when individual intolerance of the treatment is noted;
Do not shine laser light into eyes, with or without eyewear protection (Class lll and Class IV lasers are potentially harmful to the retina. Safety goggles must be worn by the patient, practitioner, any individuals in the treatment area);
Carcinoma - Do not use laser over any known primary or secondary lesions. (Laser treatment may be given for pain relief during the terminal stages of the illness - we recommend this be done only with the full consent of both patient and primary medical physician/oncologist;
Hemorrhage- It is conceivable that laser-mediated vasodilation may worsen the hemorrhage;
Immuno-suppressant Drugs: Laser Therapy may increase the function of the immune system;
Treatment Over Sympathetic Ganglia, The Vagus Nerves & Cardiac Region In Patients With Heart Disease: Laser therapy may significantly alter neural function, and is therefore contra-indicated over these regions in patients with heart disease.
Avicenna’s Class IV therapeutic laser provides the healthcare provider with a means of reducing pain and restoring function for many patients. While Class IV therapeutic lasers are generally successful in attaining these goals, there are several other factors that can affect your success - these factors should be discussed with your healthcare professional.
Accepted practices in rehabilitative care are important. Failure of the patient to follow instructions involving rehabilitation can compromise the success of Class IV laser therapy. The patient is to be advised of the limitation of activities during the rehabilitation process to avoid exacerbation of the condition. Excessive activity, trauma and weight gain have been implicated with aggravation of musculoskeletal conditions. Repeated aggravation of musculoskeletal conditions can prolong recovery or make complete recovery difficult. The patient is to be made aware and warned to avoid pain provoking activities between office visits, and to follow the instructions of the treating physician including follow-up evaluations.