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Therapeutic Laser Revolution

November/December 2008

By Douglas Johnson, ATC, CLS and
William J. Kneebone, RN, CRNA, DC, CNC, DIHom, FIAMA, DIACT

This is part two of the article that was presented in the
last issue of Practical Pain Management (October 2008).

New technologies offer the promise of improved effectiveness and clinical outcomes. However, the research supporting these new combinations remains sparse. One of the most intriguing of these new devices is the laser and electrical stimulation combination. Even with a lack of clinical trials, this newest of the G4 electrical modalities has some practical applications that all laser clinicians should be aware of.

 

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Laser Acupuncture as a Pain Relief Modality
May 2008
By William J. Kneebone, RN, CRNA, DC, CNC, DIHom, FIAMA, DIACT

Lasers provide a simple and effective, non-invasive alternative
to needle acupuncture in treating musculoskeletal pain.

 

Laser Puncture (Laser Acupuncture) is the application of therapeutic laser to the acupoints of the body, ear or hand. It is a simple, effective, non-invasive approach that has been shown to be a dependable pain management tool. Laser Puncture (Laser Acupuncture) can be an affective adjuct to other pain management modalities. Treatment times are short. Treatment procedures are fairly simple to learn. Each of the approaches, as described in the article, body acupoints, auriculotherapy, or KHT have similar merit.

 

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Defining "The Specs" of Phototherapy Devices
October 2007

By Douglas Johnson, ATC, CLS

 

With photopherapy gaining popularity as a treatment modality, so does the amount of confusion surrounding the use of light as a physical agent.
Not all light therapy devices are equal, and not all light is therapeutic. As overwhelming scientific and clinical outcomes support successful use of phototherapy as a new modality, athletic trainers need a clear understanding of these technical aspects to effectively evaluate a light therapy device and prevent themselves from overpaying for a device that is nothing more than a flashlight.

 

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Just the Facts
July 2007

By Douglas Johnson, ATC, CLS

 

Common phototherapy misconceptions can lead clinicians astray.
As phototherapy gains popularity as a treatment modality, the misconceptions and confusion surrounding the use of light as a physical agent continue to prosper. Before the confusion goes any further, it's time to clear up the inaccuracies and present the facts. What are the five most common myths and misconceptions about using ligth and lasers?

 

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Treatment of Chronic Neck Pain Utilizing Low Level Laser Therapy

June 2007

By William J. Kneebone, DC, CNC, DIHom, FIAMA, DIACT

 

Therapeutic Laser can provide considerable relief of neck pain and associated conditions.
Neck pain affects approximately 10% of the American population. Therapeutic lasers offer a safe, often effective, easily utilized either primary or adjucntive therapy that is relatively cost effective for both clinician and patient. Laser therapy can be a viable part of the multi-faceted approach often needed to bring relief to the millions of chronic neck pain sufferers that present in offices, clinics and hospitals.

 

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Deep Penetration Therapeutic Laser

May 2007

By William J. Kneebone, RN, CRNA, DC, CNC, DIHom, FIAMA, DIACT

 

The Galium Arsenide (GAAS) infrared laser provides the deepest penetration of body tissue of any laser currently available and can be utilized in treating a wide range of painful conditions.
GaAs therapeutic lasers are useful for anti-edema and lymphatic effects, treating painful conditions of the skin and subcutaneous tissues, wound healing, anti-inflammatory effects, and tissue regeneration. GaAs lasers can also provide the same effects to deep tissue structures — such as facet joints, acetabular joints, herniated disks, etc.

 

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Phototherapy Applications—Occupational Injuries
April 2007

By Douglas Johnson, ATC, CLS

 

Phototherapy is a new option to address acute and chronic injuries associated with occupational injuries.
A great many of today's jobs tend to be highly specialized and require advanced technical skills. With the increased job demands, employees are at a greater risk of occupational injury in virtually any employement setting. Phototherapy has been shown to be effective in the management of ankle sprains, shoulder tendonitis, musculoskeletal back pain, carpal tunner syndrom, wounds/abrasions, etc.

 

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Phototherapy Applications in Sports Medicine
March 2007

By Douglas Johnson, ATC, CLS

 

Biophotostimulation of cells are helpful in accelerating healing in injuried tissues.
Biophotostimulation (or photophetapy) — modalities that allow the athlete to regain the criteria for return, strength, and range of motion more successfully, and in shorter period of time. The goals of successfull rehabilitation of the overuse syndrom are pain-free range of motion, strength, and endurance. Phototherapy applications are helping in meeting these goals efficiently.

 

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Therapeutic Laser for Low Chronic Back Pain
January/February 2007

By William J. Kneebone, CRNA, DC, CNC, DIHom, FIAMA, DIACT

 

Laser Therapy offers safe and effective treatment modality as either primary or adjunctive therapy.
Low back pain will affect 75—85% of all Americans at some point during their lifetime. Therapeutic lasers offer a safe, often effective, easily utilized either primary or adjucntive therapy that is relatively cost effective for both clinician and patient. Laser therapy can be a viable part of the multi-faceted approach often needed to bring relief to the millions of chronic low back pain sufferers that present in offices, clinics and hospitals.

 

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Seeing the Light
December 2006

By Douglas Johnson, ATC, CLS

 

The next generation of Phototherapy Devices.
Nearly 4 years have passed since the first low-level lasers appeared in health care facilities across the United States. Though many were sceptical at first, phototherapy is now gaining wider support from both clinicians and researchers across the country.

 

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Practical Applications of Low Level Laser Therapy
November 2006

By William J. Kneebone, RN, CRNA, DC, CNC, DIHom, FIAMA, DIACT

 

Practical Pain Management
A brief review of some of the basic concepts of low level laser therapy, critical indications of its use, and treatment options when applying therapeutic lasers to patients in pain.

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