Laser therapy is nothing new in healthcare, as evidenced by the journal article that I am sharing today.
This article on Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) was published in the Australian Journal of Physiotherapy in 2003.
The study looked at a group of people suffering with chronic joint disorders.
These include Osteoarthritis, TMJ disorders, knee pain, and back pain. These conditions result in pain, inflammation, reduced range of motion, and in some cases, degeneration of the cartilage in the joint.
Laboratory trials included a variety of laser brands, and treatment protocols between 2-4 weeks. LLLT, also knows as Therapeutic Laser or Cold Laser Therapy, was found to significantly reduce pain and improve health status of the chronic joint disorders.
The pain reduction from therapy was shown to have lasted until the study follow-ups were performed 3+ weeks later. In this study, and in the review of the literature they performed, there is NO evidence of side effects associated with properly performed laser therapy.
That's right, no risk of side effects.
This particular study fails to outline any ideal brand of laser, frequency, or duration of treatment protocol, but clinical reports show us that the more frequently we treat with laser, the more effective the results tend to be.
The research is clear: Laser Therapy is safe, effective treatment to reduce arthritis and other chronic joint pain. It is a cost-effective and painless option for individuals who suffer from arthritis pain, TMJ pain, neck pain, back pain, and knee pain.
It's always important to make sure your practitioner is qualified to treat with laser. I am NCBE Board Certified in Physiotherapy, and K-Laser Certified in Class 4 Laser Therapes. I love treating myself and my family with Cold Laser, and I am pleased to offer Low Level Laser Therapy to my patients as well.
Reference: Bjordal, Jan M., Christian Couppé, Roberta T. Chow, Jan Jan Tunér, and Elisabeth Anne Ljunggren. A Systematic Review of Low Level Laser Therapy with Location-specific Doses for Pain from Chronic Joint Disorders. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy 49 (2003): 107+. Print. View Article
Studies reveal that the use of Laser Therapy can help to decrease pain, reduce recurrence of pain, and even decrease the instance of neck-related disability.