Laser Therapy FAQs

How does DIOWAVE Deep Penetrating Laser Therapy™ (DDPLT) work?

When the photons of laser light penetrate the skin and underlying tissue, they are absorbed by the cells and converted into energy. The cell membrane permeability is altered, which triggers a cascade of cellular events including:

  • Stimulation of ATP
  • Stimulation of respiratory chain
  • Increased DNA and RNA synthesis
  • Increased levels of beta endorphins and serotonin
  • Enhanced collagen synthesis

Is DIOWAVE DPLT safe without side effects?

At Alpine Foot & Ankle Clinic we use DIOWAVE Deep Penetrating Laser Therapy for fungal nails, pain relief, and to promote tissue healing. This technology has been trusted for use on a wide scale around the world. In more than 30 years of treatments, almost no side effects have ever been reported. Occasionally, some patients have reported that old injuries or pains feel sore again for a few days after therapy. This is an effect of the body’s healing response growing more active and pronounced following a treatment.

DIOWAVE DPLT is a low-risk form of treatment that can produce long-lasting results. Dr. Gregg Neibauer and his professional staff are happy to discuss this therapy with you, as well as other possibilities for relieving your foot and ankle pain. Call our Missoula office at (406) 721-4007 to schedule an appointment.

Will the treatment hurt?

Most patients notice a warm, often soothing feeling. There is no pain associated with a treatment. Many patients experience pain relief, reduced muscle tension and tightness, reduced inflammation and improved range of motion.

How are treatments administered?

Treatments are performed by positioning the laser hand piece approximately ½” directly above the skin and surrounding the area of injury and pain with the laser treatment beam.

How many treatments are needed?

The DIOWAVE DPLT produces results quickly. For most ACUTE conditions 5-6 treatments are all that are needed. CHRONIC conditions take longer and might require 10-12 treatments. While these are the averages, each person is unique and healing time varies by person and condition. For those with lifelong conditions your doctor may recommend 1 or 2 follow-up treatments each month.

How long will the treatment take?

Depending on the condition, treatment times for this drug-free, non-invasive procedure will last on average 5-10 minutes but are based on the size of area, depth of penetration needed and condition being treated.

When can normal activity begin again?

The moment a person leaves the clinic, they may resume normal daily activity. It is important for patients to remember to not overexert themselves for a few days, as the body is still healing.

What advantages does DIOWAVE DPLT have over other forms of treatment?

The treatment does not require the use of drugs or surgery, and there are no dangerous side effects or risks. In addition, laser therapy provides enhanced treatment outcomes faster than any other treatment modality.

How is DIOWAVE DPLT better than “Cold Laser Therapy” treatments?

Cold lasers therapy (Low-level light therapy) was introduced into the USA in 2001 with low power levels. Since that time, new scientific and clinical discoveries have led to the development of the higher power lasers, including DIOWAVE Deep Penetrating Laser Therapy™.

Will insurance cover treatments?

DIOWAVEDeep Penetrating Laser Therapy™ is not covered by insurance at this time. Please ask our Front Desk for pricing.

How does DIOWAVE Deep Penetrating Laser Therapy work?

Laser therapy works by transmitting certain wavelengths of light energy into injured cells. These cells can then use that energy to power cellular functions, one of the most important of which is repair. The DIOWAVE laser produces this energy in the form of millions of photons per second. By speeding the process of healing, both pain and inflammation can be reduced as well.

In addition to accelerating repair and regrowth, the laser also promotes a small rise in tissue temperature. This has been linked to increases in local blood flow of up to 500%, improved circulation, and more efficient lymphatic drainage in the area of treatment.

If you are suffering from soft tissue injuries, joint pain, or other forms of injury, contact Dr. Gregg Neibauer and the staff of Alpine Foot & Ankle Clinic to see if laser treatments may be right for you. Schedule an appointment with our Missoula, MT office by calling (406) 721-4007.


Why should I choose the DIOWAVE Deep Penetrating Laser Therapy™ to treat my ugly nail syndrome?

DIOWAVE laser treatment is an effective, quick treatment that provides results. The manufacturer of the DIOWAVE laser is a pioneer in the laser industry with over 25 years of experience in the aesthetic and surgical medical device industry.

What should I expect during laser nail treatment?    

Your toenails will be cleaned and filed prior to the laser treatment – three (3) treatments one (1) month apart. As each affected toe is treated with the laser you will feel a mild, warming sensation. The laser treatment will only take several minutes per toenail and there is usually no discomfort after the treatment. The physician will discuss post-treatment care to avoid fungal re-infection.

How soon will I see improvement?

You may notice results within 2-4 months, depending on how quickly your toenails grow. New, clear growth begins to appear at the bottom portion of your nail as the diseased portion of the nail grows out.

How soon may I return to normal activities after laser nail treatment?

You may return to normal activates immediately. The physician will discuss post-treatment care to avoid fungal re-infection.

Will insurance cover treatments?

DIOWAVE Deep Penetrating Laser Therapy™ is not covered by insurance at this time. Please ask our Front Desk for pricing.

Any other questions?

If you have any other questions about our laser therapies, please feel free to contact us by calling our Missoula office at (406) 721-4007 or by connecting with us through our website.

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