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TREATING TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES

On 18 novembre 2012, in Laser médical, by admin

Laser therapy for brain injuries Laser therapy might heal the brain It is well known that laser therapy is helpful for all types of pain and soft tissue problems. However, one of the most exciting trends in laser therapy is … Continue reading

Laser therapy for brain injuries

Laser therapy might heal the brain

It is well known that laser therapy is helpful for all types of pain and soft tissue problems. However, one of the most exciting trends in laser therapy is the use of lasers to heal the brain, nervous system, heart, lungs, and liver. The following two studies demonstrate the value of laser therapy in treating the brain.

In the first study, patient 1 had a traumatic brain injury for 7 years following a motor vehicle accident. 500 milliwatts of laser therapy was applied directly to the patient’s skull. Initially, the patient was only able to work for 20 min. on her computer. After eight weekly treatments, her ability increased to 3 hours! The patient continues to perform nightly home laser therapy treatments because if she stops treatment for more than 2 weeks, she regresses.

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Laser therapy and brain injuries

Laser therapy can improve cognition

Patient 2 had a history of traumatic brain injuries following a sports accident, a fall and military service. An MRI showed frontal lobe atrophy. Before treatment to her skull, she was on medical disability for 5 months. After 4 months of laser therapy treatment, medical disability was discontinued and she returned to working full-time as an executive! After 9 months of laser therapy treatment, tests showed dramatically improved brain function.

At the time of this report, both patients were continuing laser therapy treatment. The scientists who performed these studies concluded that laser therapy to the brain can improve cognition and reduce costs of traumatic brain injury treatment.

(Photomed Laser Surg 2010 Dec 23)

After an optic nerve injury, brain damage spreads from the optic nerve to other areas of the brain, making adjacent areas vulnerable to more degeneration and loss of function. In this study, the researchers showed that treatment to the skull with 670 nanometers of laser therapy improved the function of the optic nerve and prevented further degeneration.

This is one of the first studies to demonstrate that laser therapy applied to the skull after a traumatic brain injury can improve brain function and reduce collateral damage.

(J Neurotrauma 2010 Nov;27(11):2107-19)

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References

  • Naeser MA, Saltmarche A, Krengel MH, Hamblin MR, Knight JA. Improved cognitive function after transcranial, light-emitting diode treatments in chronic, traumatic brain injury: two case reports. Photomed Laser Surg. 2011 May;29(5):351-8. PMID: 21182447.
  • Fitzgerald M, Bartlett CA, Payne SC, Hart NS, Rodger J, Harvey AR, Dunlop SA. Near infrared light reduces oxidative stress and preserves function in CNS tissue vulnerable to secondary degeneration following partial transection of the optic nerve. J Neurotrauma. 2010 Nov;27(11):2107-19. PMID: 20822460.
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Laser therapy and dental abscess

On 18 novembre 2012, in Laser médical, by admin

Laser therapy for dental abscess Laser therapy beneficial effects There is a lot of research showing the beneficial effects of laser therapy in the veterinary and dental fields and this study confirms the value of laser therapy in both professions. … Continue reading

Laser therapy for dental abscess

Laser therapy beneficial effects

There is a lot of research showing the beneficial effects of laser therapy in the veterinary and dental fields and this study confirms the value of laser therapy in both professions. These researchers reported on the successful treatment of a chronic dental abscess and infection in a Wallaby, an Australian animal that looks like a small kangaroo.

Laser therapy decontaminated pulp cavity

This report describes a case of jaw bone infection involving a tooth that was successfully treated using endodontic techniques with low-level laser therapy at 810nm, the same wavelength as the Apollo.

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Dental abscess and laser therapy

The low level laser was deemed important for successful decontamination of the pulp cavity, because of its anti-inflammatory, and biostimulatory effects. This study shows how versatile laser is for humans and Wallabies! By the way, for those of you interested in trivia, the Australian national rugby team is nicknamed the “Qantas Wallabies”

J Zoo Wildl Med.2010 Dec;41(4):703-9.

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References

  • Kilgallon CP, Bicknese B, Fagan DA. Successful treatment of chronic periapical osteomyelitis in a Parma wallaby (Macropus parma) using comprehensive endodontic therapy with apicoectomy. J Zoo Wildl Med. 2010 Dec;41(4):703-9. PMID: 21370653.
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CAN LASER HELP CANCER PATIENTS?

On 17 novembre 2012, in Laser médical, by admin

Low level laser therapy (LLLT) and cancer Studies have proven that low level laser therapy (LLLT) reduces the symptoms of oral mucositis, which are terribly painful mouth sores caused by the toxic effects of chemotherapy. However, unlike these previous studies, … Continue reading

Low level laser therapy (LLLT) and cancer

Studies have proven that low level laser therapy (LLLT) reduces the symptoms of oral mucositis, which are terribly painful mouth sores caused by the toxic effects of chemotherapy. However, unlike these previous studies, the researchers in this experiment wanted to assess if there was any improvement in the Quality of Life of patients receiving radiation and low level laser therapy (LLLT) for head and neck cancer.

Low level laser therapy (LLLT) and Quality of life

Sixty patients were studied and objective tests were performed to assess the patient’s Quality of Life during radiation treatment for cancer. Quality of Life was defined as a composite of many factors including pain, function of the head and mouth, anxiety, and physical appearance.

quality of life CAN LASER HELP CANCER PATIENTS?

Low Level Laser therapy: quality of life

Low level laser therapy (LLLT): Positive effects

The results showed that there was a significant improvement in the Quality of Life of the patients who received low level laser therapy (LLLT). So, unlike our worries about low level laser therapy (LLLT) negatively influencing the lives of cancer patients, these newer studies are showing POSITIVE effects. To date, these positive studies have all used cool lasers, not hot ones. At the present time, because research has documented that hot lasers can increase cancer activity, researchers are primarily using cool lasers.

Head Neck. 2011 Apr 5.

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References

  • Gautam AP, Fernandes DJ, Vidyasagar MS, Maiya AG, Nigudgi S. Effect of low-level laser therapy on patient reported measures of oral mucositis and quality of life in head and neck cancer patients receiving chemoradiotherapy-a randomized controlled trial. Support Care Cancer. 2012 Dec 8. PMID: 23224689.
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