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Treatment of medial and lateral epicondylitis – tennis and golfer’s elbow – with LLLT: a multicenter double blind, placebo-controlled clinical study on 324 patients.

Simunovic Z, Trobonjaca T, Trobonjaca Z Laser Center, Locarno, Switzerland. tzlatko@mamed.medri.hr PMID: 9743652 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE] Journal of Clinical Laser Medicine and Surgery (Jun 1998) 16(3):145-151.   LLLT has been promoted as a highly successful method for treating medial and lateral epicondylitis. This clinical study assessed the efficacy of LLLT using trigger points (TPs) and scanner application techniques under placebo-controlled conditions. The study was completed at two Laser Centers in Locarno, Switzerland and Opatija, Croatia: a double-blind, placebo controlled, crossover clinical study. The patient population (n=324), with either medial epicondylitis (Golfer’s elbow; n=50) or lateral epicondylitis (Tennis elbow; n=274), was recruited. Unilateral cases of either type of epicondylitis (n=283) were randomly allocated to one of three treatment groups according to the LLLT technique applied: (1) Trigger points; (2) Scanner; (3) Combination Treatment (i.e., TPs and scanner technique). Laser devices used to perform these treatments were infrared (IR) diode laser (GaAIAs) 830 nm continuous wave for treatment of TPs and He-Ne 632.8 nm combined with IR diode laser 904 nm, pulsed wave for scanner technique. Energy doses were controlled and measured in Joules/cm2 either during TPs or scanner technique sessions in all groups of patients. The treatment outcome (pain […]

Newspaper Reports that Cold Laser Therapy Relieves Chronic Pain

This article from the Tucson Citizen reports on the successful use of cold laser therapy to relieve chronic pain.  

MicroLight Laser Featured In Detroit Daily News

DETROIT, March 26, 2003 MicroLight’s patented “cold” laser treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome has been featured in the Detroit Daily News, in an article by Maureen McDonald on repetitive stress ailments. Dr. Chadwick Smith and Dr. Wayne Good, both members of MicroLight’s Medical Advisory Board, are interviewed in the article. To read the complete text, click here.      

Wound healing of animal and human body sport and traffic accident injuries using low-level laser therapy treatment: a randomized clinical study of seventy-four patients with control group

Simunovic Z, Ivankovich AD, Depolo A. Department of Anesthesiology, La Caritá Medical Center, Laser Center, Locarno, Switzerland. info@lasermedico.ch PMID: 11800105 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE] Journal of Clinical Laser Medicine and Surgery (2000) Apr;18(2):67-73   The main objective was to assess the efficacy of low level laser therapy (LLLT) on wound healing in rabbits and humans. The initial research was a randomized controlled animal study, to evaluate the effects of laser irradiation on the healing of surgical wounds in rabbits. The application of LLLT on the human body is analogous to those of similar physiologic structure in animal tissue. This study was continued on humans, 74 patients with injuries to the following anatomic locations: ankle and knee, bilaterally, Achilles tendon; epicondylitis; shoulder; wrist; interphalangeal joints of hands, unilaterally. All patients has surgery prior to LLLT. Two laser devices were used: infrared diode laser (GaAIAs) 830 nm continuous wave for treatment of trigger points (TPs) and HeNe 632.8 nm combined with diode laser 904 nm pulsed wave for scanning procedure. Both were applied as monotherapy during the study. Results were observed and measured according to these clinical parameters: redness, heat, pain, swelling and loss of function, and finally submitted to statistical […]

Low level laser therapy with trigger points technique: a clinical study on 243 patients

Simunovic Z Laser Center, Locarno, Switzerland. Journal of Clinical Laser Medicine and Surgery (Aug. 1996) 14(4):163-167.   Among the various methods of application techniques in LLLT (He-Ne 632.8 nm visible red or infrared 820-830 nm continuous wave and 904 nm pulsed emission) there are very promising “trigger points”, i.e., myofascial zones of particular sensibility and of highest projection of focal pain points, due to ischemic conditions. The effect of LLT and the results obtained after clinical treatment of >200 patients (headaches and facial pain, skeletomuscular ailments, myogenic neck pain, shoulder and arm pain, epicondylitis, tenosynovitis, low back and radicular pain, Achilles tendonitis) to whom the “trigger points” were applied were better than expected. It was also observed that rigidity decreases, mobility is restored (functional recovery), and spontaneous or induced pain decreases or even disappears, by movement. LLLT improves local microcirculation and it can also improve oxygen supply to hypoxic cells in the treated areas and can remove collected waste products. Normalization of the microcirculation interrupts the “circulus vitiosus” of the origin of the pain and its development (Melzak: muscular tension->pain->increased tension->increased pain, etc.). Results measured according to VAS/VRS/PTM: in acute pain, diminished >70%; in chronic pain >60%. Clinical effectiveness depends […]