I am considering laser therapy offered by a local chiropractor and am interested in hearing if anyone else has had experiences with it that they could share. I have a L5S1 herniated disc (abutment against a nerve) as well as a 8mm annular tear. Steroid shots and physical therapy haven't worked so I am currently (barely) managing pain with medication and looking for alternatives to major surgery.
I had an initial consultation with the chiropractor yesterday and the therapy seems pretty simple, they use a machine to do decompression and then treat the area of the disc with a cold laser for about 10 minutes. This would go on for about 3 session a week for 10 weeks. I am waiting to find out if my insurance will cover it and of course my major concern is will it be worth paying for myself if they won't. I was a little skeptical when they said it could heal the disc entirely and cure all of my back pain, because I had not heard such optimistic statements like that before. Even surgeons that I've talked with have said I will be in pain for the rest of my life with best results only reducing my current state by about 50%.
I would very much appreciate any advice anyone can offer. Thank you!