The clinical utility and status of laser biostimulation

Jeffrey R. Basford

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Abstract

Low-energy laser radiation is widely used to treat a variety of soft tissue and musculoskeletal conditions. Despite this use, its clinical benefits remain controversial, its theoretical basis is unclear, and its experimental underpinning incomplete. On a cellular level processes such as proliferation, protein metabolism, and immunological function are reported to be altered by irradiation intensities too low to produce significant heating. In animal and human work, many investigators find benefits in applications such as wound healing, musculoskeletal pain, and rheumatoid arthritis. Unfortunately, these latter studies are difficult to perform and have not been rigorous enough to convince the disbeliever. It is expected that over the next few years, clinical trials should be able to clarify the benefits of laser therapy for at least rheumatoid arthritis and some soft tissue injuries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBiomedical Engineering Perspectives: Health Care Technologies for the 1990's and Beyond
PublisherPubl by IEEE
Pages1146-1147
Number of pages2
Editionpt 3
ISBN (Print)0879425598
StatePublished - 1990
EventProceedings of the 12th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society - Philadelphia, PA, USA
Duration: Nov 1 1990Nov 4 1990

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OtherProceedings of the 12th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
CityPhiladelphia, PA, USA
Period11/1/9011/4/90

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Tissue
Lasers
Laser radiation
Metabolism
Animals
Irradiation
Proteins
Heating

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering

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Basford, J. R. (1990). The clinical utility and status of laser biostimulation. In Biomedical Engineering Perspectives: Health Care Technologies for the 1990's and Beyond (pt 3 ed., pp. 1146-1147). Publ by IEEE.

The clinical utility and status of laser biostimulation. / Basford, Jeffrey R.

Biomedical Engineering Perspectives: Health Care Technologies for the 1990's and Beyond. pt 3. ed. Publ by IEEE, 1990. p. 1146-1147.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Basford, JR 1990, The clinical utility and status of laser biostimulation. in Biomedical Engineering Perspectives: Health Care Technologies for the 1990's and Beyond. pt 3 edn, Publ by IEEE, pp. 1146-1147, Proceedings of the 12th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Philadelphia, PA, USA, 11/1/90.
Basford JR. The clinical utility and status of laser biostimulation. In Biomedical Engineering Perspectives: Health Care Technologies for the 1990's and Beyond. pt 3 ed. Publ by IEEE. 1990. p. 1146-1147
Basford, Jeffrey R. / The clinical utility and status of laser biostimulation. Biomedical Engineering Perspectives: Health Care Technologies for the 1990's and Beyond. pt 3. ed. Publ by IEEE, 1990. pp. 1146-1147
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