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Low Level Laser Therapy for Arthritis

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To date there have been many clinical studies showing the effectiveness of Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) for treating Arthritis. One of the reasons it is so profoundly effective, is because of the Anti-inflammatory effects of Low Level Laser Treatments, which deactivate 7 of the 9 enzymes that cause inflammation, by up to 70%.

The Scalar Wave Laser (SWL) is FDA Cleared for Arthritis, Pain, Inflammation and Increasing Blood Circulation with OTC or Over the Counter Clearance. SWL is super safe, easy to use and available for purchase by home users as well as practitioners. Continue reading to learn why Low Level Laser Therapy is the preferred drug free therapy treatment method for treating all forms of Arthritis and Inflammatory Conditions without drugs or surgery.


Rheumatoid Arthritis of the hand/Osteoarthritis

Palmgren conducted a controlled double-blind study on 35 patients with rheumatoid arthritis of the hand. .......grip strength and movement were improved while swelling, pain and morning stiffness were reduced. Lasers in Medical Science, 1989; 4: 193.

Musculoskeletal Pain Syndromes (Chronic and Acute)

LLLT has been shown to be effective in a variety of musculoskeletal conditions and associated pain presentations. 

In Rheumatoid Arthritis , LLLT can benefit not only the pain of acute small joint inflammation but also the chronic pain.   In a review article on rheumatology (3), some 18 papers were considered. All studies involved double-blind trials with LLLT in chronic rheumatoid, and reported significant improvement in pain (80% success rate in relieving pain).   Upon comparing LLLT to a similar rate of pain attenuation using anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), the LLLT was free of any side-effects while 20% of patients treated with NSAIDs suffered unacceptable side-effects of  medication. In another study of 170 patients with rheumatoid arthritis using LLLT (4), pain attenuation of up to 90% was noted.

In a report of 1,000 treatements with LLLT (830 nm) for a wide variety of chronic pain syndromes, an overall reduction in pain levels of 70% was established . 

Trellis et al (6) used LLLT for osteoarthritis of the knee in 40 patients. He reported a significant reduction of 82% of the patients with improved joint mobility.   Among 36 randomized patients, with pain caused by cervical osteo-arthritis , those who received Infra-Red and Low Level Laser treatment improved 75% compared with the group receiving mock treatment (31%). Similarly, a study of 60 patients with Cervical Osteoarthritis , Low Pulsed Laser was successful in relieving pain and in improving function.

The results of a study show that cervical myofascial pain is significantly improved at 3-month with Diode laser. A similar successful LLLT treatment has been described for whiplash injuries . 

In a randomized study with 30 patients with supraspinatus or bicipital tendonitis , the results demonstrated the effectiveness of laser therapy in tendonitis of the shoulder .   Another study with a patient population (n = 324), with either medial epicondylitis (Golfer's elbow; n = 50) or lateral epicondylitis (Tennis elbow; n = 274), and randomly allocated , provides further evidence of the efficacy of LLLT in the management of lateral and medial epicondylitis .

Treatment with low-level laser therapy (LLLT) was shown effective in treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome pain.  Another study, significant decreases in McGill Pain Questionnaire scores, median nerve sensory latency, and Phalen and Tinel signs were observed after treatment series with Low Level Laser Therapy.   Patients could perform their previous work (computer typist, handyman) and were stable for 1 to 3 years .

In acute trauma there is a soft tissue injury comprising swelling, haematoma, pain and reduced mobility. Sporting injuries and domestic accidents usually involve damage to muscles, joint ligaments and tenclass. In the absence of bone fracture or other injury demanding priority treatment, LLLT should be instituted at the earliest opportunity.  Kumar reported a comparative study in 50 patients with inversion injuries of the ankle . He found that compared to conventional physiotherapy, the LLLT treated patients showed a more rapid resolution of symptoms and an earlier return to full weight-bearing.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Study

"Although not as studied a clinical condition as other pathologies, this landmark cold laser investigation occurred at the Flint, Michigan GM plant when Anderson et al studied the effects of cold laser on carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). In this particular study involving 119 subjects, half received sham laser plus physical therapy while the treatment group received real laser plus physical therapy.

“The results of this randomized, controlled and double blinded study were that there was a statistically significant treatment effect shown by the real laser group, furthermore, the authors stated that low level laser therapy (strengthening, ROM etc.) improves functional measures of wrist-hand work performance and results in greater probability of return to work. “

Practical PAIN MANAGEMENT, Sept/Oct 2004

Fibromyaliga (FM) is characterized by widespread pain in the body, associated with particular tender points. It is often accompanied by disturbed sleep patterns, fatigue, headaches, irritable bowel and bladder syndrome, morning stiffness, anxiety and depression. FM can cause a high level of functional disability and have a significantly negative effect on quality of life.   One study suggests that "Laser Therapy is effective on pain, muscle spasm, morning stiffness, fatigue, depression and total tender point number in Fibromyalgia " .  

A randomized controlled study with 63 with non-radiating low back pain showed that LLLT significantly improved pain and function

“The general consensus among clinicians using LLLT for conditions having an inflammatory component is that significant benefits can be accrued by those patients treated with cold laser. There have been some very promising clinical trials involving cold laser in both knee and cervical spine osteoarthritis as well."

Cold Laser delivers powerful Anti-Inflammatory effects:

• Enhances proliferation of immune cells (enhancement of immune response, increase of Sodium Potassium (NK) cell activity etc.

• Enhances lymphatic activity (drainage)

• Improves microcirculation (vasodilation)

• Reduces swelling (oedema & haematoma resorption)

• Reduces infarct zone size in heart & brain

• Reduces mucositis after irradiation & chemotherapy

• Postoperative wound healing- Herpes simplex & zoster

• Decubitus, elephantiasis

• Ulcus cruris, diabetic foot

• Postoperative lymphoedema

• Mucositis

Cold Laser Delivers Analgesic Pain Relieving Effects:

• Induces B-endorphin release

• Increases ATP production

• Increases the measurable potential on nerve cell membranes

• Relaxation of muscle tension and increase of pressure pain threshold

• Reduction of trigger activity (i.e. Myofacial pain and Fibromyalgia)

• Acupuncture and auricular point activation

• Tendonitis, osteoarthritis, synovitis

• Soft tissue injuries

• Fractures, overstrained injuries (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, tennis elbow etc.)

• Frozen shoulder, tension in neck, tension headache, lumbago

• Needle replacement

Cold Laser is Profoundly Regenerative:

• Stimulates the rate of mitosis in repair mechanisms (bone, epithelial and muscle tissue

• Enhances peripheral nerve regeneration after injury

• Reduces degenerative process on central nervous system

• Enhances survival of brain cells after transient ischemia

• Accelerates neo-vascularization (neo-angiogenesis)

• Reduces or eliminates scar tissue formation

• Increases collagen synthesis (fibroblast proliferation, tensile strength and elasticity increase)

• Wound healing, bone repair

• Tissue repair

• Facial paresis

• Stroke rehabilitation

• Inner Ear problems

• Wound healing

• Wound healing, post injury

• Wound management

• Post operative

In summary, the bulk of published work to date supports the use of Low Leve Laser Therapy (LLLT) for treatment of a variety of musculoskeletal conditions and associated pain . Moreover, the LLLT proved to be not only more effective than conventional methods, but more economical as well. The added advantage of absence of side effects, non-invasive nature of therapy and the ease of application, ensures good patient acceptance of the treatment modality.


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The Scalar Wave Laser System is indicated for temporary relief of minor muscle and joint pain, arthritis and muscle spasm, relieving stiffness, promoting relaxation of muscle tissue, and temporarily increasing local blood circulation. The System is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, mitigate, or prevent disease. If you have a disease or medical condition, consult with your physician or health practitioner before using the Scalar Wave Laser. Use only as directed. No statements made here are intended as medical claims or advice and is for informational purposes only. © 2016-17 Discover Lasers and Kalon Prensky
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