Most people think of evil supervillains when they hear the word laser, but in the health care arena laser is making a new, more friendly, name for itself.
Low level laser therapy (LLLT), also known as “cold laser”, is a technique that uses the unique physical properties of laser (certain wavelengths and frequencies) to help speed up our body’s natural healing process. A wide variety of benefits have been reported on in the scientific literature ranging from accelerated wound healing to treatment of frozen shoulder and plantar fasciitis.
Recently an experiment was conducted in the journal of Photomedicine and Laser Surgery to look at treating arthritis in the knee with low level laser therapy. This study examined 35 patients suffering from knee arthritis and the effects of laser treatment on pain, range of motion, and knee circumference. Each patient received their designated treatment twice per week for four weeks. The results found that the patients who received low level laser therapy had an immediate decrease in pain and improvement in their knee range of motion. These improvements were still maintained 2 months after the treatment sessions ended.
- Hegedus B. et al. The effect of low level laser therapy in knee osteoarthritis: a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial. Photomed Laser Surg. 2009 Aug:27(4):577-84.
Dr. Golob and Tumwater Chiropractic Center use Low Level Laser Therapy in their treatment protocols for the patients whom are most likely to benefit from this technique.