The acronym R.I.C.E. stands for Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation and it was coined by Gabe Mirkin, M.D. in 1978 as a way to address inflammation due to injury. Ever since, this modality has been a staple to treat sports injuries and muscle soreness issues. However, just because R.I.C.E. has been the standard, it may not always be the best way to treat injuries or to promote recovery.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Creating a planned preventative maintenance program for your Apollo Laser unit only makes good cents in the long run uncovering minor issues early to save time and money.
Both ultrasound and cold laser are treatment modalities commonly used in physical therapy, sports medicine, chiropractic and beyond. They are both used to provide a therapeutic effect on tissues of the body. Generally, they are used to:
It may come as a surprise to some what lasers are used for. Though lasers may still sound like technology of the future, health professionals know otherwise. In fact, health professionals, such as chiropractors and physical therapists, have been using lasers to accelerate the healing process for nearly five decades, starting in 1967 with the work of Professor Endre Mester, a Hungarian physician who experimented with using lasers to treat skin cancer.1,2
There’s no question that low-level laser therapy can help boost your chiropractic 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 two issues that can make the billing process difficult.
It’s an age-old question: Which should come first, tape or low-level laser therapy?