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Efficacy of low-level laser therapy in the management of neck pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised placebo or active-treatment controlled trials

Review of laser therapy for neck pain published in a top-tier medical journal.

Published: The Lancet. 2009; 374(9705): 1897–1908. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(09)61522-1
Author(s): Chow RT, Johnson MI, Lopes-Martins AB, Bjordal JM

Ga-As (808 nm) laser irradiation enhances ATP production in human neuronal cells in culture

The authors conclude that laser application to NHNP cells significantly increases ATP production which may explain the beneficial effects of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) in stroked rats.

Published: Photomedicine and Laser Surgery. 2007; 25(3): 180-182. doi: 10.1089/pho.2007.2064
Author(s): Oron U, Ilic S. de Taboada L, Streeter J

Mechanisms of low level light therapy

This review paper covers the current theory on basic mechanisms of laser therapy.

Published: Proc. of SPIE Photonics. 2006; 6140: 614001-01-12. doi: 10.1117/12.646294
Author(s): Hamblin MR, Demidova TN

Low-level laser therapy in acute pain: A systematic review of possible mechanisms of action and clinical effects in randomized placebo-controlled trials

Review the biological and clinical short-term effects of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) in acute pain from soft-tissue injury.

Published: Photomedicine and Laser Surgery. 2006; 24(2): 158-168.
Author(s): Bjordal JM, Johnson MI, IversenV, Aimbire F, Lopes-Martins RAB

Phototherapy promotes regeneration and functional recovery of injured peripheral nerve

This review presents several studies that evaluate the efficacy of laser therapy to promote regeneration and recovery of injured peripheral nerve.

Published: Neurological Research. 2004; 26(2): 233-239. doi: 10.1179/016164104225013914
Author(s): Anders JJ, Geuna S, Rochkind S

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