The clinical utility and status of laser biostimulation

Jeffrey R. Basford

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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
Subtitle of host publicationHealth Care Technologies for the 1990's and Beyond
PublisherPubl by IEEE
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

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual Conference on Engineering in Medicine and Biology
Numberpt 3
ISSN (Print)0589-1019


OtherProceedings of the 12th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
CityPhiladelphia, PA, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Health Informatics


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