Laser for Neck Pain

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Overview

Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) has been around for more than 40 years. Laser therapy uses light, which is absorbed by tissues to produce cellular changes. It has been shown to be safe at designated doses. It is relatively inexpensive and is widely available in chiropractic, physical therapy and some orthopedic offices, among others.

RESCU Treatment Ratings

R = Risk      E = Effectiveness      S = Self-Care

C = Cost     U = Usefulness (overall rating)

1 = Least Favorable     5 = Most Favorable

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RISK: 5/5

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Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) has been shown to be safe at designated doses and appears to have side effects similar to placebo (“sugar pill”) treatments.

Sources:

Tuby H1Hertzberg EMaltz LOron U. Long-term safety of low-level laser therapy at different power densities and single or multiple applications to the bone marrow in mice. Photomed Laser Surg. 2013 Jun;31(6):269-73. doi: 10.1089/pho.2012.3395. Epub 2013 May 15.

Jimenez JJ1Wikramanayake TCBergfeld WHordinsky MHickman JGHamblin MRSchachner LA., Efficacy and safety of a low-level laser device in the treatment of male and female pattern hair loss: a multicenter, randomized, sham device-controlled, double-blind study. Am J Clin Dermatol. 2014 Apr;15(2):115-27. doi: 10.1007/s40257-013-0060-6.  

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