Chukuka S. Enwemeka, P.T., Ph.D., FACSM, G. Kesava Reddy, Ph.D., Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS 66160-7601, USA The Journal of Laser Therapy. Vol. 12. World Association of Laser Therapy. 2000 Connective tissue injuries, such as tendon rupture and ligamentous strains, are common. Unlike most soft tissues that require 7-10 days to heal, primary healing of tendons and other dense connective tissues take as much as 6 – 8 weeks during which they are inevitably protected in immobilization casts to avoid re-injury. Such long periods of immobilization impair functional rehabilitation and predispose a multitude of complications that could be minimized if healing is quickened and the duration of cast immobilization reduced. In separate studies, we tested the hypothesis that early function, ultrasound, 632.8 nm He-Ne laser, and 904 nm Ga-As laser, when used singly or in combination, promote healing of experimentally severed and repaired rabbit Achilles tendons as evidenced by biochemical, biomechanical, and morphological indices of healing. Our results demonstrate that: (1) appropriate doses of each modality, i.e., early functional activities, ultrasound, He-Ne and Ga-As laser therapy augment collagen synthesis, modulate maturation of newly synthesized collagen, and overall, enhance the […]
Lilic Alen, physiotherapist; Kozlevcar Zivec Maja, dr. med. spec.fiz.reh.med.; Marcan Radoslav, dr.med., spec.ortop FIZIO, Ilirska Bistrica, Slovenija, Iskra Medical, Ljubljana, Slovenija, Ortopedska bolnisnica Valdoltra, Slovenija In the present article we will review different kind of injuries in the alpine ski sport and we will concentrate on the injuries of the ligamentar part of the knees and meniscs in slovenian ski team. After the description of the injuries follows detailed presentation of the rehabilitational procedures from the first day of the injury till the return in to the competition arena. We will try to explain the modalities of the rehabilitational procedures and their influence in the tissues, their main and side effects. Our main attention will be focused to the use of the biostimulative laser of higher power – 1,2 W and wave length of 830 nm and it’s influence on the velocity of recovery in the patients and their success in following competitions.
By KYW NewsRadio PHILADELPHIA – Oct. 16, 2002 – Medical Specialist Stephanie Stahl reports there is a new alternative for those who suffer from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Repetitive hand movement causes tendons in the hand and wrist to swell, pressing on a nerve. That pressure causes pain, numbness, and tingling, resulting in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – a condition that has become the leading cause of disability in this country. “You’re constantly saying ‘what’s the matter with my hands?’ You’re shaking them, you’re rubbing them – just doing anything and everything you can to keep them awake,” explains local sufferer Kathy Kish. Kish says that is how she felt until she underwent high-tech treatment with the ML830® Laser. Dr. Mark Brown, a chiropractor, explains how it works: “It just sends bursts of laser light into the tissue and on a cellular level they respond like a bud that would open up to a flower – just speeds up the healing process.” Brown says the laser is unlike other lasers because it doesn’t burn the skin, and claims the treatment “works very, very well” yielding “fantastic results.” Kish agrees, telling Stahl the treatment enabled her to sleep through the night for […]
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 […]
MISSOURI CITY, Texas – April 10, 2002 – The Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners has determined that MicroLight Corporation of America’s ML 830® low-level laser is within the scope of chiropractic care, the company announced today. “This represents a major breakthrough in the treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in the chiropractic profession,” said MicroLight President Mike Barbour. “This will allow more than 4,000 chiropractors in the state of Texas access to the ML 830® patented laser technology.” MicroLight is the only company that has received FDA clearance to market low-level laser therapy for non-surgical treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, or CTS. CTS is the No. 1 repetitive-stress injury problem in the workforce, costing the U.S. health care industry more than $10 billion annually.