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How Cold Laser Therapy Can Save The World

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

OK, that title is a little dramatic and overstating the capabilities of cold laser therapy, but hopefully I have your attention.

Maybe saving the world is too lofty of a goal, but I could argue that it could save one person at a time. Let me explain what I mean. If you’ve ever helped care for someone in chronic pain or even a person that has had surgery and is in considerable discomfort for a week or two, then you know what I mean when I say, “Pain can change a person.”

When a person is changed by pain, everyone around them tends to change as well. Wouldn’t you agree? A person’s pain tends to dictate the overall “tone” of a family unit. When you can’t go on family outings, can’t get into the floor with the kids or grandkids, can’t sit at the table for more than 30 minutes for time with loved ones and friends, then the family/social dynamic is affected.

Cold laser therapy is not going to heal your broken bone but, when it comes to pain, cold laser therapy is effective. This treatment is also cost-effective, conservative, not a medicine, and is safe. As an alternative to pain pills, anti-inflammatories, and muscle relaxers, I can’t think of anything better to use. We see it all of the time.

We’ve seen cold laser be effective for plantar fasciitis, arthritic pain, nerve pain, pain from strains and sprains, and as an anti-inflammatory.

Here’s some research that demonstrates cold laser’s effectiveness as a treatment for pain.

This one is called “The effectiveness of low-level laser therapy for nonspecific chronic low back pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis.” It was done in 2015 and published in Arthritis Research & Therapy.

Why They Did It

With low back pain being the cause of such a large percentage of doctor and emergency room visits, healthcare researchers are steadily searching for new and effective means for treating it. Cold laser therapy has enjoyed some solid research in the past, but its effectiveness for treating nonspecific chronic low back pain (NSCLBP) has seen some conflicting results.

How They Did It

  • The authors systematically searched databases (MEDLINE, EMBASE, ISI Web of Science, and Cochrane Library).
  • They only used results from January 2000-November 2014.
  • 221 studies were reviewed and only 7 were accepted for this paper.
  • The studies accepted for this review used randomized controlled trials that compared low level laser therapy (cold laser therapy) with placebo for treatment of nonspecific chronic low back pain.

What They Found

  • Using the common pain measurement called the visual analog scale (VAS), it was determined that the average pain score following treatments with cold laser was significantly lower when compared to the placebo group average.
  • No determination could be made on effectiveness for disability scores or range of motion results.

Wrap It Up

There was no determination on whether cold laser can help with function or lack thereof. However, the authors found, and concluded, that low level laser therapy, or cold laser therapy, is indeed effective in treating patients suffering from nonspecific chronic low back pain.

ZeYu H et al., “The effectiveness of low-level laser therapy for nonspecific chronic low back pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis” Arthritis Research & Therapy, 15 December 2015, 17:360
http://arthritis-research.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13075-015-0882-0

We offer cold laser therapy here at Creek Stone and have seen some pretty amazing results with it. Be sure to give us a call here at 806-355-3000 to set up your appointment or check us out online at www.creekstonecare.com or www.amarillochiropractor.com.