ProHealth health Vitamin and Natural Supplement Store and Health
Home  |  Log In  |  My Account  |  View Cart  View Your ProHealth Vitamin and Supplement Shopping Cart
800-366-6056  |  Contact Us  |  Help
Facebook Google Plus
Fibromyalgia  Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & M.E.  Lyme Disease  Natural Wellness  Supplement News  Forums  Our Story
Store     Brands   |   A-Z Index   |   Best Sellers   |   New Products   |   Deals & Specials   |   Under $10   |   SmartSavings Club

Trending News

Is Magnesium the Missing Link in Your Heart Healthy Routine?

More evidence for calorie restriction’s longevity effect

A Little Zinc Goes a Long Way

Supplementation with vitamin D associated with improved testosterone, erectile function among middle...

Vitamin D deficiency increases risk of chronic headache

VIDEO: The Best Brain Foods That Help Increase Your Memory!

Get the Most From Your Green Tea

Iron (And More) For Lasting, Natural Energy

Metabolic syndrome increases the need for vitamin E

Supplement combo improves bone density, mood, in postmenopausal women

 
Print Page
Email Article

Efficacy of low-level laser therapy in the management of neck pain: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized placebo or active-treatment controlled trials – Source: The Lancet, Dec 5, 2009

  [ 39 votes ]   [ Discuss This Article ]
By Roberta T Chow, et al. • www.ProHealth.com • December 14, 2009


[Note: to read the full text of this article free, click here. LLLT is also known as ‘cold laser therapy’ or ‘laser biostimulation’. ]

Background: Neck pain is a common and costly condition for which pharmacological management has limited evidence of efficacy and side-effects. Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) is a relatively uncommon, non-invasive treatment for neck pain, in which non-thermal laser irradiation is applied to sites of pain.

We did a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials to assess the efficacy of LLLT in neck pain.

Methods: We searched computerized databases comparing efficacy of LLLT using any wavelength with placebo or with active control in acute or chronic neck pain. Effect size for the primary outcome, pain intensity, was defined as a pooled estimate of mean difference in change in mm on 100 mm visual analogue scale.

Findings: We identified 16 randomized controlled trials including a total of 820 patients.

• In acute neck pain, results of two trials showed a relative risk (RR) of 1.69 (95% CI 1.22 - 2.33) for pain improvement of LLLT versus placebo. [Note: an RR of 1.0 would indicate no difference in odds of reduced pain intensity vs placebo. The RR of 1.69 would indicate a 69% greater liklihood of reduced pain in the patients receiving LLLT.]

• Five trials of chronic neck pain reporting categorical data showed an RR for pain improvement of 4.05 (2.74 - 5.98) of LLLT. [That is, 305% greater likelihood of reduced pain than with placebo, on average.]

• Patients in 11 trials reporting changes in visual analogue scale had pain intensity reduced by 19.86 mm (10.04 - 29.68). [An average improvement of nearly 20 points on a 100-point pain scale.]

• Seven trials provided follow-up data for 1 to 22 weeks after completion of treatment, with short-term pain relief persisting in the medium term with a reduction of 22.07 mm (17.42 - 26.72).

• Side-effects from LLLT were mild and not different from those of placebo.

Interpretation: We show that LLLT reduces pain:

• Immediately after treatment in acute neck pain,

• And up to 22 weeks after completion of treatment in patients with chronic neck pain.

Funding: None.

Source: The Lancet, Dec 5, 2009. 374(9705) pp1897-1908. Chow RT, Johnson MI, Lopes-Martins RAB, Bjordal JM. Nerve Research Foundation, Brain and Mind Research Institute, University of Sydney, NSW, Australia; Faculty of Health, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK; Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Pharmacology Department, University of São Paulo, Brazil; Faculty of Health and Social Science, Institute of Physiotherapy, Bergen University College, Norway; Section of Physiotherapy Science, Institute of Public Health and Primary Health Care, University of Bergen, Norway. [E-mail: robertachow@iinet.net.au]





Post a Comment

Featured Products From the ProHealth Store
FibroSleep™ Vitamin D3 Extreme™ Optimized Curcumin Longvida®

Looking for Vitamins, Herbs and Supplements?
Search the ProHealth Store for Hundreds of Natural Health Products


Article Comments



Be the first to comment on this article!

Post a Comment


 
NAD+ Ignite with Niagen

Featured Products

Vitamin D3 Extreme™ Vitamin D3 Extreme™
50,000 IU Vitamin D3 - Prescription Strength
Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor® Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor®
Reduce Fatigue up to 45%
Optimized Curcumin Longvida® Optimized Curcumin Longvida®
Supports Cognition, Memory & Overall Health
FibroSleep™ FibroSleep™
The All-in-One Natural Sleep Aid
Energy NADH™ 12.5mg Energy NADH™ 12.5mg
Improve Energy & Cognitive Function

Natural Remedies

Stop Bacteria With Nature's Antibiotics Stop Bacteria With Nature's Antibiotics
Carry a Massage Therapist in Your Pocket Carry a Massage Therapist in Your Pocket
Front Line Defense Against Colds & Flu - Support for Healthy Immune System Balance Front Line Defense Against Colds & Flu - Support for Healthy Immune System Balance
Complete and Natural Menopause Relief Complete and Natural Menopause Relief
Sleep Like a Baby in Nature's Cradle Sleep Like a Baby in Nature's Cradle

CONTACT US
ProHealth, Inc.
555 Maple Ave
Carpinteria, CA 93013
(800) 366-6056  |  Email

· Become a Wholesaler
· Vendor Inquiries
· Affiliate Program
SHOP WITH CONFIDENCE
Credit Card Processing
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTERS
Get the latest news about Fibromyalgia, M.E/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme Disease and Natural Wellness

CONNECT WITH US ProHealth on Facebook  ProHealth on Twitter  ProHealth on Pinterest  ProHealth on Google Plus

© 2017 ProHealth, Inc. All rights reserved. Pain Tracker App  |  Store  |  Customer Service  |  Guarantee  |  Privacy  |  Contact Us  |  Library  |  RSS  |  Site Map