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Low Level Laser Therapy for Knee Arthritis

Added By Sara Jeffs 6 years ago


A study pubished in the Orthopaedic, Trauma, and Rehabilitation Journal (May-Jun 2012), looked at the effect of Laser Therapy on knee joint pain and function in patients with knee osteoarthritis.  It found that Laser Therapy significantly improved knee joint function and relieved knee pain in these patients.  For more information, please read the abstract below.

Ortop Traumatol Rehabil. 2012 May-Jun;14(3):269-77.

Influence of various laser therapy methods on knee joint pain and function in patients with knee osteoarthritis.
[Article in English, Polish]
Gworys K, Gasztych J, Puzder A, Gworys P, Kujawa J. 

SOURCE:
Clinical Department of Rehabilitation for Adults, Medical University of Łódź. kamila.gworys@umed.lodz.pl

ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND:

The aim of the study was to estimate the influence of various laser therapy methods on knee joint pain and function in patients with knee osteoarthritis.

METHOD:

125 patients were randomly assigned to 4 groups: • group I received one-wave laser irradiation (wave length 810 nm, dose 8 J/point) • group II received two-wave MLS laser irradiation (power 1100 mW, frequency 2000 Hz, dose 12.4 J/point) • group III received a similar regimen of two-wave MLS laser irradiation, but at a dose of 6.6 J per point • group IV was a placebo group where laser therapy procedures were simulated without actual irradiation. The effectiveness of the therapy was evaluated by means of Lequesne's scale, a modified Laitinen questionnaire and a visual analogue scale (VAS). Statistical analysis utilised non-parametric Wilcoxon's and Mann-Whitney's tests. Calculations were carried out with MedCalc v. 11.6.1.0.

RESULTS:

Statistically significant improvements in knee joint function and pain relief were seen in all groups (I, II and III). When groups I, II and III were compared, the largest improvement was found in group II (MLS laser, dose 12.4 J/point). The degrees of improvement in groups I and III were similar.

CONCLUSIONS:

One-wave laser irradiation at a dose of 8 J per point and two-wave laser irradiation with doses of 12.4 J and 6.6 J per point significantly improved knee joint function and relieved knee pain in patients with osteoarthritis.

World Sidecar Racing Champion Tom Birchall Opens Phoenix Physio Clinic

Added By Administrator 6 years ago

Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) can be very effective at helping fractures to heal more quickly and Tom Birchall knows this well.  After fracturing his pelvis and patella (knee cap) on 1.4.11, he attended Phoenix Physiotherapy and Laser Clinic to have the treatment and was pleased with the results.  He was the guest of honour at the Grand Opening of the clinic on 3.5.11 and spoke very positively of his treatment in interviews with Radio Mansfield and Eurosport.

LLLT helps fracture healing by reducing the pain and inflammation around the area, and by helping the cells to heal in a more efficient way, specifically by its effect on the mitochondria (the cell's powerhouse).  For further information, please take a look at the "About Laser" section on our website.  If you have a specific query about LLLT for fracture healing/rehabilitation, please contact us today.

To see the article published by The Chad on Tom's treatment, and the Grand Opening, please click below.

Read the article here

Training for the London Marathon 2012? Don't Let a Running Injury Slow You Down.

Added By Sara Jeffs 6 years ago

The London Marathon is one of the biggest running events in the world, and if you are one of the many thousands of runners who has signed up, you will be in the heart of training at the moment.  There is nothing more frustrating when you are trying to increase your mileage and speed than a niggling injury that just won't go away.  The body takes a lot of excess strain when distance running, making you much more susceptible to injury.  Common distance running injuries include Hamstring tears, patella tendonitis (pain in the front of the knee), Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis (pain in the ball of the foot), and repetitive strain in the calf muscle, or gastrocnemius.

If you are suffering with a running injury, don't ignore it. Even mild injuries can cause you to unknowingly alter your running style, making you vulnerable to further injury.  The old saying "a stitch in time saves nine" really is true when it comes to these injuries.  A thorough physiotherapy assessment is vital, and will take into account your training habits, any old injuries that might be relevant, and your current biomechanics, muscle length, and muscle strength.

In addition to hands-on treatment such as sports massage and mobilisations, and a very specific exercise program to help the injured area, Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is an excellent form of treatment for running injuries.  LLLT uses light at a very specific wavelength to reduce pain, inflammation, and to accelerate the healing process.  It is drug-free, pain-free, and has a very strong evidence-base.  For more information, see the "About Laser" section on our website.

If you are suffering with an injury, give us a call today, and we will aim to get you back on track for the big event as quickly as possible!

Arthritis Pain Getting You Down? Laser Therapy Could Help You

Added By Sara Jeffs 7 years ago

According to Arthritis Research UK, more than 1 million adults in the UK consult their GP each year with osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease).  One of the main symptoms is pain in and around the joint affected, and common joints affected are the spine, hips, knees and hands.  There has been a lot in the press recently about physiotherapy waiting lists in the NHS for patients with arthritis, and I am getting more patients at the clinic recently looking for help with their condition.

Low Level Laser Therapy can be an effective form of treatment for osteoarthritis.  Whilst it does not cure the disease, or reverse the degeneration, it can help to reduce the pain and inflammation in and around the joint, which can help the patient become more mobile.  It is a drug free, non-invasive form of pain relief.

I recently had a patient come to the clinic who is a 31 year old mother of three, and was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in her hip.  She was taking a lot of pain killers and wasn't able to exercise.  After five sessions, she was sleeping through the night, had very little pain, and was able to start going on her exercise bike again.  For more of Claire's story, go to www.phoenixphysioandlaser.com/success-stories.

Do you have arthritis pain?  Call today for a free telephone consultation to see if we can help you. 

Cycling After an Acute Disc Injury

Added By Sara Jeffs 7 years ago

I recently received an e-mail from a patient who had been to see me for treatment following an acute lumbar spinal disc injury.  She had made an excellent recovery, and was maintaining her progress with core stability exercises.  She had not been exercising regularly before her injury, as she had a sedentary job, and now was keen to improve her fitness.  Her husband wanted her to try cycling, and she e-mailed me wondering whether this was a good idea.

In many respects, cycling is an excellent form of cardio-vascular exercise following an injury because it is relatively low-impact.  It does not stress and strain the joints in the same way that running does, but it still gives a great workout.  The danger of cycling after an acute disc injury is the prolonged flexed position that is required of the spine, which can increase the strain going through the lumbar discs.  The best way to prevent this is to start off cycling on flat terrain, and to take regular breaks.  It is also a good idea to start cycling only a short distance, and to gradually increase the distance over several weeks, as pain and comfort levels allow.

Do you have a back injury or are you thinking about getting more fit?  Give us a call and we will be happy to discuss your injury further.