Weintraub MI, MD, FACP Department of Neurology, Phelps Memorial Hospital, Briarcliff Manor, New York 10510, USA. PMID: 9236795 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE] Muscle Nerve (1997) 20:1029-1031. The peripheral nervous system is photosensitive, the scientific rationale for this study which determines the efficacy and safety to laser light exposure in 30 cases with CTS. Nine joules of energy over 5 points (7-15 treatments) reversed CTS in 77% of cases with three-fold normalization of CMAP. A photobiologic response was seen in 80%. This unique and novel approach is cost-effective and has a role in future management of CTS.
Akai M, Usuba M, Maeshima T, Shirasaki Y, Yasuoka S Lasers Surg Med. 1997. 21(5): 480-4. The influence of low-level (810 nm) laser on bone and cartilage during joint immobilization was examined. The hind limbs of 42 young Wistar rats were immobilized at the knee joint. They were sorted into three groups 1 wk after operation; irradiance 3.9 W/cm2, 5.8 W/cm2, and sham treatment. After 6 treatments for another 2 weeks both hind legs were prepared for 1) indentation of the articular surface of the knee (stiffness and loss tangent), and for 2) dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (bone mineral density) of the focused regions. The indentation test revealed preservation of articular cartilage stiffness with 3.9 and 5.8 W/cm2 therapy. Low level laser treatment may possibly prevent biomechanical changes by immobilization.
Attached is a link to an article featuring the ML830®, published by Meridian HealthViews Magazine. To view the article “Surgery-Free Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome” click on the link below: http://www.meridianhealth.com/index.cfm/healthviews/MarchApril2004/carpaltunnel.cfm
Simunovic Z, Trobonjaca T, Trobonjaca Z Laser Center, Locarno, Switzerland. email@example.com 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 […]
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.