Combining a low-level laser device with chiropractic can help patients achieve greater levels of improvement
Research reveals that approximately 1.3 billion people worldwide suffer from some type of musculoskeletal disorder. Low back pain is reported most frequently at 36.8%, followed closely by osteoarthritis and neck pain at 19.3% and 18.4%, respectively, showing a growing need for a low-power laser device. intensity in addition to chiropractic to provide patients with extra relief for the stubborn. wounds.
Musculoskeletal problems can be both painful and disabling, especially when it comes to inflammation. According to the Committee on Identifying Disabling Medical Conditions Likely to Improve with Treatment, which is part of the Division of Health and Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
Although exercise, movement-based approaches, and even psychological therapies have shown promising results, several recent studies suggest that a low-intensity laser device can help reduce inflammation that exists in muscles and bones. .
A low level laser device and inflammation
One of these studies was published in the Journal of Body and Movement Therapies in July 2021. It involved 65 acute low back pain patients. Some received drug therapy, others laser therapy in varying doses, and others a combination of medication and laser therapy. Pain scores improved in all intervention groups over four weeks of treatment. However, the group participating in both drug therapy and laser therapy showed the greatest improvement in both low back pain and disability.
Another 2021 study assessed the impact of low-intensity laser therapy on people with knee osteoarthritis. The researchers concluded that a low-level laser device helped increase muscle performance in people with this type of arthritis, which was evidenced by changes in maximal muscle contraction and contraction duration of the muscle. quadriceps after the therapeutic intervention.
A 2019 study of patients with temporomandibular disorders found similar promising results, citing that low-intensity laser therapy was more effective in relieving pain and tenderness than therapeutic ultrasound or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. (TENS).
One article explains that low-intensity laser therapy works, in part, by inhibiting peripheral sensitization. This lowers the nerve activation threshold while decreasing the release of pro-inflammatory neuropeptides.
Laser therapy as an aid to chiropractic care
Combining a low-level laser device with chiropractic can help patients achieve greater levels of improvement. Research published in the journal Health care in 2020 supports this, stating that patients with chronic low back pain showed the greatest improvement in pain, function, and range of motion after receiving a combination of manual therapy (in the form of Mulligan mobilization) and low level laser therapy.
A separate 2020 study noted that a combination treatment including both wrist manipulation and low-level laser therapy was also more effective in improving grip strength in patients with lateral epicondylitis, also known as lateral epicondylitis. the name of tennis elbow. This condition is characterized by inflammation of the muscles surrounding the elbow joint, causing pain and tenderness in this area.
One of the most recent studies was published in the Health Engineering Journal in February 2022. This research involved 110 patients with acute low back pain and unilateral discogenic lumbar radiculopathy.
Some participants were treated with a low-intensity laser device combined with physical therapy in the form of back extension exercises and stretches, heat packs, and sciatic nerve mobilizations. Others received only physiotherapy. After 18 treatment sessions, the laser-physiotherapy combination showed more significant improvement in trunk movement, pain intensity and functional disability than the group receiving physiotherapy alone.
Patients who may benefit from low intensity laser therapy
What types of conditions can low intensity laser therapy help treat? According to an article published in the MedCrave Online Journal of Orthopedics and Rheumatologythey include both acute and chronic orthopedic conditions such as:
- Sprains and strains
- Cervical and lumbar radiculopathy
- muscular back pain
- Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
- frozen shoulder
- Plantar Fasciitis
This makes low intensity laser therapy beneficial for patients suffering from various musculoskeletal conditions.