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Can laser therapy replace opioids?

Posted at 7:26 AM, Nov 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-06 08:26:58-05

(WKYC) Members of Multi Radiance Medical, a Solon medical device company, recently took part in Congressional hearings about using light therapy as a replacement for opioids.

The technology has been around for years, but only recently is gaining popularity to not only help manage pain, but also help heal the source.

Eric Schumacher retired from his assistant football coaching position at Massillon High School five years ago. He understands aches and pains, but the pain in his partially torn Achilles tendon was something else.

"Hot sensation at times a stabbing sensation," Eric described

He had no interest in taking pain meds like opioids so when he found Canton Chiropractor Dr. Brent Ungar, he was thrilled to learn how a laser could help his body heal itself.

"It's non-invasive, extremely safe there's very little if any side effects and it's very effective and great clinical outcomes," Dr. Ungar said.

Multi Radiance Medical makes the device. It's used by most professional sports teams, college athletes and some high schools too. But anyone suffering from muscle and joint pain, arthritis, neck or back pain might benefit.