SportTHOR - Low Level Laser Therapy for the rapid recovery of sports injuries

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What is LLLT?

The red and near infrared light (600nm-1000nm) commonly used in LLLT can be produced by laser or high intensity LED. The intensity of LLLT lasers and LED's is not high like a surgical laser. There is no heating effect.

The effects of LLLT are photochemical (like photosynthesis in plants). Red and near infrared light can affect cell membrane permeability and aid the production of ATP thereby providing the cell with more energy which in turn means the cell is in optimum condition to play its part in a natural healing process.

LLLT devices are typically delivering 10mW - 500mW (0.2 -> 0.01 Watts). The power density typically ranges from 0.05W/Cm2 -> 5 W/Cm2.

LLLT is popularly used for soft tissue injuries, joint conditions, chronic pain, non-healing wounds and ulcers, post-op pain and acupuncture.

Is Low Level Laser Therapy overtaking ultrasound?

From Sports & Medicine Today

THOR LLLT treatment of sports injuries video
UK Soccer star Michael Owen gets LLLT treatment
for a hamstring injury.

Manual therapy is the treatment of choice, but often an electrotherapy is used to augment a hands on approach to aid tissue repair and give pain relief.

Ultrasound is the most commonly used electrotherapy, it is however limited in its effectiveness and limited in its range of applications (ultrasound should not be used over bony prominences, pins, plates and very acute injuries).

Physiotherapists are now turning to laser therapy (which can be used safely in these areas) and finding they are using it more and more. Says Sue Bunn, MCSP, SRP, physio to the British Paragliding Team, " I would not like to be faced with all the acute injuries we see without a laser. Since I've had a laser I can not be bothered with ultrasound and all that gel".This is a comment heard from many physios who find laser easy to learn and simple to use.

Laser Therapy works differently from ultrasound, it works quickly from within the cell and often resolves conditions that have not responded to manual therapy or ultrasound treatments.

Matt Jevon, Chief Executive of The British Association of Sports Trainers and visiting lecturer in Sports Rehabilitation at the University of Salford is very excited about this modality. "Laser therapy is now our most commonly used electrotherapy apparatus, particularly in acute cases. We have used it in our support of over 300 players in the Student Rugby League World Cup with considerable success when compared against other electrotherapy and mechanical modalities.

It is used as an adjunct to many of the manual therapies practised by our physiotherapists, all of whom appreciate the benefits of accuracy in application. We currently have two laser units and it will be first on our purchasing list after plinths as we expand into new clinics."

With modern higher power laser components, Laser Therapy is a better analgesic than in the past. Simpler laser treatment protocols have now been developed that enable users to give fast, effective treatments for both acute injuries and difficult conditions.

Says Sarah Cooper, physio to the British Athletic Team "I use laser immediately on acute injuries, it is a very useful adjunct to have at major sporting games, treating acute and chronic injuries alongside manual therapy for pain relief and reduction of inflammation.".

Laser Therapy is considered to be one of the safest forms of electrotherapy and has more published research evidence supporting it than any other electrotherapy. It is used by physiotherapists for pain relief, resolution of inflammation and tissue repair. A survey by Queenstwon University NI showed it to be the most effective electrotherapy for pain relief and tissue healing - since then many ultrasound users have become laser enthusiasts.

Is Low Level Laser Therapy overtaking ultrasound? Seems likely!

Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) or NSAIDs ?