Low energy laser therapy has been shown — at appropriate dosimetry, wavelength, duration, and site-specific application — to reduce tissue pain/tenderness, normalize circulation patterns in tissue trauma, and increase collagen formation in wounds. by Tiziano Marovino, PT, DPT, MSc, BA, BHSc, BRLS, Dip.PT, FAAPM
How Light Therapy is surprising skeptics and gaining converts By Rich Smith Once he saw the light, a 59-year-old Texan became a changed man. Not emotionally or spiritually, but physically. The man was a patient at Park Cities Physical Therapy in Dallas, suffering from right upper extremity reflex sympathetic dystrophy. A diabetic with heart disease, he’d developed complex regional pain syndrome after a surgical procedure that compromised circulation in his forearm and hand.
Moore, K. C. Hira, N. Broome, I. J. Cruikshank, J. A. Laser Therapy, 1992, VOL 4; NUMBER 4, pages 145 There was a significant difference in the number doses of narcotic analgesic required between the groups. No patient in the treatment group required narcotic analgesia after 24 hours. Similarly the requirement for oral analgesia was reduced in the treated group. Control patients assessed their overall pain as moderate to severe compared with mild to moderate in the treated group.
– THE NEW SCIENTIST, October 11-15, 2003 How laser light helps cells repair themselves CAN gentle doses of laser light help cells to heal? The technique is sometimes used to treat problems such as tinnitus and joint pain, but with no explanation for how these therapies work, there is scepticism over whether the effect is real. Now a physicist has come up with evidence that the physical forces generated by low-energy laser beams may switch on cells’ repair mechanisms. This will support the growing body of evidence that laser therapy is beneficial. At the Joint International Laser Conference in Edinburgh, UK, last month, researchers reported promising results for fields as diverse as IVF and spinal injury. For example, rats with damaged spinal cords made a better recovery if their wound was illuminated with near-infrared laser light, reported Kimberly Byrnes of the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. Her team found that in light- treated rats, levels of interleukin-6, which is involved in inflammation, were only 1 per cent of the levels in a control group of rats. But Byrnes does not know how to explain the result. .’There are a million different theories,” she says. One […]
La photobiomodulation est un traitement conservateur prometteur pour les cas mineur à modéré du syndrome du tunnel carpien. Il est coût-efficace par rapport aux traitements actuels. Photobiomodulation of pain in carpal tunnel syndrome: review of seven laser therapy studies Naeser MA. Department of Neurology, Boston University School of Medicine, MA 02130, USA. firstname.lastname@example.org PMID: 16706688 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE] Photomed Laser Surg. 2006 Apr;24(2):101-10 In this review, seven studies using photoradiation to treat carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) are discussed: two controlled studies that observed real laser to have a better effect than sham laser, to treat CTS; three openprotocol studies that observed real laser to have a beneficial effect to treat CTS; and two studies that did not observe real laser to have a better effect than a control condition, to treat CTS. In the five studies that observed beneficial effect from real laser, higher laser dosages (9 Joules, 12-30 Joules, 32 J/cm(2), 225 J/cm(2)) were used at the primary treatment sites (median nerve at the wrist, or cervical neck area), than dosages in the two studies where real laser was not observed to have a better effect than a control condition (1.8 Joules or 6 J/cm(2)). The […]