– Sebastian Sun, October 9, 2003By Rachael Jackson, staff writer A new cold laser treatment can provide a surgery alternative for sufferers of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, athletic injuries; and other soft and connective tissue disorders. The treatment is painless and non-invasive and, according to MicrolightLaser®, its manufacturer, it can make the difference in full and partial recovery for Carpal Tunnel patients. Cold, hard facts: New laser treats various illsFor years, the pain was so great Pat Ground couldn’t stand on her tiptoes. There were times when she could hardly walk. The Sebastian banker tried doctor after doctor, endured several types of treatments, but nothing seemed to make a real lasting difference in the swollen nerves in her feet. But now, after only a month of a new laser treatment by chiropractor Jeff Stepanek at Sebastian Chiropractic, Ground, 58, happily reports she can retrieve items from a top shelf without enduring tremendous pain from a condition called Morton’s Neuroma. Stepanek recently obtained the Microlight cold laser, which can treat a wide range of ailments. The laser offers a non-invasive treatment alternative for soft and connective tissue disorders such as athletic injuries, Morton’s Neuroma and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, a stress injury […]
Tatsuhide Abe Tatsuhide Abe, Abe Orthopaedic Clinic Futuoka City Fukuoka Prefecture Japan X12′ Laser Therapy 1989 A 40 year old woman presented at the clinic with a 2 year history of lower back pain and pain in the left hip an leg, diagnosed as a ruptured disc between the 5th lumber/1st sacral vertebrae. The condition had failed to respond to conventional treatment methods including pelvic traction, non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs and dural block anaesthetic injections. MRI scans were made of the affected disc, showing it protruding on the left side through the dural membrane. Treatment was used in outpatient therapy, and after 7 months, the patients condition had dramatically improved, demonstrated by motility exercises. This improvement was confirmed by further MRI scans, which clearlt showed the normal condition of the previously herniated L5/S1 disc.
Chow RT et al Castle Hill Medical Centre, 269-271 Old Northern Road, Castle Hill, NSW 2154, Australia. firstname.lastname@example.org PMID: 16806710 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE] Pain. 2006 Sep;124(1-2):201-10. Epub 2006 Jun 27 A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) in 90 subjects with chronic neck pain was conducted with the aim of determining the efficacy of 300 mW, 830 nm laser in the management of chronic neck pain. Subjects were randomized to receive a course of 14 treatments over 7 weeks with either active or sham laser to tender areas in the neck. The primary outcome measure was change in a 10 cm Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) for pain. Secondary outcome measures included Short-Form 36 Quality-of-Life questionnaire (SF-36), Northwick Park Neck Pain Questionnaire (NPNQ), Neck Pain and Disability Scale (NPAD), the McGill Pain Questionnaire (MPQ) and Self-Assessed Improvement (SAI) in pain measured by VAS. Measurements were taken at baseline, at the end of 7 weeks’ treatment and 12 weeks from baseline. The mean VAS pain scores improved by 2.7 in the treated group and worsened by 0.3 in the control group (difference 3.0, 95% CI 3.8-2.1). Significant improvements were seen in the active group compared to […]
Martin C. Normand, PhD, DC & Martin Descarreaux, DC JCCA 2000; 44(3): 149-156 But: Cette étude vise à réviser les différents aspects cliniques et théoriques des syndromes de compression du nerf médian, afin de différencier les syndromes du canal carpien des autres compressions plus proximales du nerf médian. Source des données: Toutes les études et données pertinentes de l’article, proviennent de recherches répertoriées dans MEDLINE entre 1966 et 1998 et de volumes de références traitant du sujet de l’article. Résultats: Le syndrome du canal carpien est la plus fréquente compression du nerf médian. Toutefois, des compressions au coude sous le ligament de Struthers, à l’avant-bras sous le rond pronateur et le biceps et une compression de la branche antérieure du nerf médian peuvent amener des signes et symptômes semblables à ceux du syndrome du canal carpien. Ce sont les tests orthopédiques et l’évaluation neurologique (électromyographie et vitesse de conduction nerveuse) qui permettent de préciser le diagnostic et le site exact de la compression nerveuse. Conclusion: Afin d’éviter les traitements inefficaces, il faut s’assurer, en présence des signes et symptômes d’une atteinte du nerf médian, que le diagnostic est précis et que le site et le mécanisme de compression du […]
Jean Stelian et al Geriatric Medical Center, Shmuel Harofe Hospital, Beer Yaakov, Israel. PMID: 1727843 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE] J Am Geriatr Soc. 1992 Jan;40(1):23-6 OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effects of low-power light therapy on pain and disability in elderly patients with degenerative osteoarthritis of the knee. DESIGN: Partially double-blinded, fully randomized trial comparing red, infrared, and placebo light emitters. PATIENTS: Fifty patients with degenerative osteoarthritis of both knees were randomly assigned to three treatment groups: red (15 patients), infrared (18 patients), and placebo (17 patients). Infrared and placebo emitters were double-blinded. INTERVENTIONS: Self-applied treatment to both sides of the knee for 15 minutes twice a day for 10 days. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Short-Form McGill Pain Questionnaire, Present Pain Intensity, and Visual Analogue Scale for pain and Disability Index Questionnaire for disability were used. We evaluated pain and disability before and on the tenth day of therapy. The period from the end of the treatment until the patient’s request to be retreated was summed up 1 year after the trial. RESULTS: Pain and disability before treatment did not show statistically significant differences between the three groups. Pain reduction in the red and infrared groups after the treatment was […]