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Photobiomodulation in wound healing: What are we not considering?

Editorial that states that PBM works for wound healing, however PBM is not recommended by wound healing societies. The authors call for more practical application of PBM and more rigorous clinical trials.

Published: Photomedicine and Laser Surgery. 2016; 34(2): 51-52.
Author(s): França CM, Anders JJ, Lanzaframe RJ

Positive effects of low level laser therapy on Bouchard’s and Heberden’s osteoarthritis

Laser therapy on hand osteoarthritis. No placebo control in this study. LLLT was applied to the affected finger joints. LLLT was found to significantly reduce pain and ring size and increase range of motion after 5-7 treatments.

Published: Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. 2016; 48(5): 498-504. doi: 10.1002/lsm.22480.
Author(s): Baltzer AWA, Ostapczuk MS, Stosch D

Effectiveness of passive physical modalities for shoulder pain: systematic review by the Ontario Protocol for Traffic Injury Management Collaboration

This report is a systematic review of published studies on the effectiveness of passive physical modalities on soft tissue injuries of the shoulder.

Published: Physical Therapy. 2016; 95(3): 306-318. doi: 10.2522/ptj.20140361.
Author(s): Yu H, Côté P, Shearer HM, Wong JJ, Sutton DA, Randhawa KA, Varatharajan S, Southerst D, Mior SA, Ameis A, Stupar M, Nordin M, van der Velde GM, Carroll L, Jacobs CL, Taylor-Vaisey AL, Abdulla S, Shergill Y

Near-infrared light therapy to attenuate strength loss after strenuous resistance exercise

Double-blind, sham controlled, crossover study to evaluate the effect of near-infrared (NIR) light on strength and recovery of healthy individuals during exercise. NIR laser (800 nm + 970 nm) was applied to the biceps brachii muscle prior to an elbow-flexion resistance-exercise protocol.

Published: Journal of Athletic Training. 2015; 50(1): 45-50. doi: 10.4085/1062-6050-49.3.82
Author(s): Larkin-Kaiser KA, Christou E, Tillman M, George S, Borsa PA

Can intractable discogenic back pain be managed by low-level laser therapy without recourse to operative intervention?

Report on the long-term (5-year) prospective follow-up of 50 unselected patients with discogenic back pain confirmed by MRI.

Published: Journal of Pain Research. 2015; 8: 253-256.
Author(s): Ip D, Fu N-Y

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