The Norwegian physiotherapist Jan M Bjordal published his thesis .Low level laser therapy in shoulder tendinitis/bursitis, epicondylalgia and ankle sprain. in 1997, at the Division of Physiotherapy Science, University of Bergen. It has also been published in Physical Therapy Reviews. 1998; 3: 121-132. Here is the Conclusion of the thesis: .A systematic review has been performed on the effect of LLLT for three diagnoses. LLLT was evaluated on similar criteria for methodological assessments of trials as previously established for medical interventions. No evidence was found to indicate that randomized controlled trials on LLLT for tendinitis/bursitis of the shoulder, lateral epicondylalgia and ankle sprains were methodologically inferior to RCTs on medical interventions. The clinical effects of LLLT were found to be supported by scientific evidence regarding short (0-4 weeks) and medium term (<3 months) efficacy for subacute or chronic lateral epicondylitis, and short term efficacy (>3 months) for subacute or chronic lateral epicondylitis, and short term efficacy (> 3 months) for subacute or chronic shoulder tendinitis/bursitis. The evidence of effect from LLLT for acute ankle sprain in inconclusive, although there seems to be a slight tendency in favor of LLLT. Adverse effects of LLLT are rarely seen and only in […]
Sanseverino NTM, Sanseverino CAM, Ribeiro MS et al. The Journal of Laser Therapy MILLENNIUM EDITION • VOLUMES 12 & 13 Lasers in Medicine and Surgery (2002) Supplement 14, Atlanta, Georgia. The improved outcome of laser therapy, if higher doses are given, is documented in the study by Sanseverino 10 patients with pain and limitation of movements of the jaw were treated by 785 nm GaAIAs laser, dose 45 J/cm2. The joint and tender points in the masticatory and otherwise involved muscles was applied three times per week during three weeks. A control group of 10 patients was given sham laser therapy. The evaluation was performed through subjective pain assessment and measurement of the movements of the jaw. There was a significant improvement in the laser group only.
By Jeffrey M. Nelson, MD and Karen P. Nelson, MA The cell is a machine driven by energy… In every medical tradition before ours, healing was accomplished by moving energy. – Albert von Szent-Györgyi (1967) Light energy has been used for healing since the earliest recorded medical history, but has gone out of favor in Western medicine with the advent of the existing paradigm of a more surgical and pharmacological basis. Recently, a shift in thinking has been emerging with an explosion of research, exploration and utilization of energy medicine modalities such as micro-current stimulators, bone growth stimulators, broad-spectrum multiple frequency Tesla coil devices, and low-level or cold lasers. Despite years of research demonstrating the benefits of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) as a modality for wound healing, Western medicine, and its adjunct professions, have been slow to adopt this technology. LLLT has been an essential part of therapy for practitioners around the world for almost 20 years, but it is only recently catching on in the United States. Still, the vast majority of students of medicine and allied health practices in this country are not being taught its efficacy and use. It’s time we opened our eyes to the […]
Toshio Ohshiro (1), Katsumi Sasaki (2), Shouhei Yasuda (2), Shunji Fujii (3), Takafumi Ohshiro (3), Takeo Touno (4), Shigeru Matsumoto (4) 1) Japan Medical Laser Laboratory , 2) Oshiro Clinic, 3) Keio University Dept. of Plast. and Reconst. Surgery, 4) Nihon Sport Science University. The Journal of Laser Therapy MILLENNIUM EDITION • VOLUMES 12 & 13 Sumo Wrestling is the only national endorsed sport in Japan. Professional Sumo Wrestlers belong to the Nihon Sumo Kyokai (Japan Sumo Wrestling Association). Sumo Wrestling meets bimonthly, 6 times a year. Each Sumo sessions has 15 days where the Wrestlers must wrestle for 15 consecutive days against 15 different opponents. This national sport is popular and there are many Sumo Wrestling Teams for all ages. The strongest person from these teams are recruited to the Nihon Sumo Kyokai and become professional. Most Sumo Wrestlers have some symptoms such a pain due to prior injuries and their hard training. We recently had the opportunity to perform Laser Therapy on 6 Sumo Wrestlers who were complaining of various symptoms. We would like to explain about the removal of those symptoms by LLLT, and how Laser therapy affected their performance. All 6 performed better both subjectively […]
Zlatko Simunovic, M.D., F.M.H. (1), Tatjana Trobonjaca, M.D. (2) (1) Pain Clinic-Laser Center, Locarno, Switzerland; (2) 2 Laser Center, Opatija, Croatia. (3) SPIE proceedings series Laser Florence’99. Conference, Florence , ITALIE (28/10/1999), 2000, vol. 4166, pp. 286-293, [Note(s) : XII, 328 p., ] (19 ref.) ISBN 0-8194-3822-7 The aim of current multicenter clinical study was to assess to efficacy of Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) in the treatment of sport- and traffic-related soft tissue injuries compared to the placebo and classical physiotherapeutic procedures. This study was conducted in two centers located in Locarno, Switzerland (n=94) and Opatija, Croatia (n=38). Two types of irradiation techniques were used: (1) direct, skin contact technique for treatment of Trigger Points (TPs) where infrared diode laser (GaAIAs) 830 nm continuous wave was applied; and (2) scanning technique for irradiation of larger surface area with use of Helium Neon (HeNe) laser 632.8 nm combined with infrared diode laser 904 nm pulsed wave. Control group of patients was treated with classical physiotherapeutic procedures. Results were evaluated according to the clinical parameters like: hematoma, edema, heat, pain and loss of function. All findings were scored and statistically analyzed according to the chi-square test. The results have demonstrated that the recovery process was accelerated (35-50%) in 85% […]