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Laser therapy was introduced as a non-invasive treatment option for osteoarthritis nearly 30 years ago. Laser therapy, also known as low-level laser therapy (LLLT), is a light source that generates pure light of a single wavelength. The effect produced by laser therapy is not thermal (heat) -- instead, it has to do with photochemical reactions in cells. Studies have produced inconsistent results regarding laser therapy for osteoarthritis though.

Eight years ago, a study in the Journal of Rheumatology compared the outcomes of laser therapy used to treat osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. How did the results of laser therapy for rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis compare to placebo? Also, there was a Cochrane Review of several studies that evaluated laser therapy for osteoarthritis -- but interestingly the study was withdrawn last year. Why was it withdrawn? Was there found to be no value in laser therapy or was the value underestimated? Learn more in Laser Therapy for Osteoarthritis - Does It Work?

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December 6, 2010 at 12:25 pm
(1) Low Level Laser Therapy says:

Also known as cold laser, low-level laser therapy is a form of photo-therapy used to stimulate tissue healing and provide pain management. The laser uses focused red and infrared light to stimulate tissue at and below the surface of skin to enhance the body’s natural healing processes.

December 21, 2010 at 12:13 pm
(2) Low Level Laser Therapy says:

Low level laser therapy diffuses the accumulated particles of our body and makes oneself more comfortable by spreading a proper wavelength beam of light in the affected areas.
But as far as working of this procedure is concerned , it will act to a great extent if appropriate steps are taken into account.

December 11, 2012 at 1:29 am
(3) Rochelle says:

Hi I just wanted to let people know I had my first laser treatment for osteoarthritis today and I can already feel a difference. My ankle problems are severe. I now have osteoarthritis after having my ankle shattered, held together with hardware (that is now removed) and multiple surgeries. After just one 10 minute session I feel a substantially less amount of pain. This is the least amount of pain I’ve felt in my ankle in almost 6 yrs. I recommend this treatment for anyone who suffers osteoarthritis or has had major breakage of bones.

March 12, 2013 at 6:30 pm
(4) jan kay says:

I had laser therapy on my hand for minor pain
I wish i had never gone to see this Doctor in Woden ACT ….
I believe the constant laser therapy on my hand caused
my hand to swell my knuckle is extra large & my finger is crooked
after 2 weeks of consistent laser therepy.
This Doctor sent me to have an xray also was demanding I have quarter zone injections which i refused he also prescribed tablets (when I got a second opinion I was told ‘do not take this medication)…
my arm pained for a long time after I left that Doctor ….
I doubt if I would have the disfigured finger that was constantly laser
if I had not gone to this Doctor (specialist)

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