Laser therapy of inflammatory lesions of the soft parts of the locomotor system.

M S Fernandes, M G Correia, M L Carvalho, F J Sampaio

Abstract


Soft Laser has been suggested as a useful tool in the management of a large number of pathologies. The aim of this study has been to test the utility of this radiation in the treatment of some Locomotor Apparatus Soft Tissues Inflammatory Conditions. One hundred and fourteen patients with clinical data suggesting tendinitis, bursitis or enthesitis entered this study; 97 patients (Group I) were treated with Infra-Red or/and Helion-Neon Laser using a pontual and/or a scanning technique. The remaining 17 patients were considered as a comparison group (Group II). For evaluation purposes, a semi-quantitative data file was used and the pain, mobility, edema and muscular status were observed. The observation of these items was done prior, two weeks and one month after the Laser treatment. Results were classified as positive when complete or significant remission of symptoms and signs were observed, and negative when there was no improvement or a very slight regression of the complaints observed. A significant difference (p. 001) between Group I and II was found; the acute cases registered better results than the chronic ones (86.8% positive results versus 69.4%). The shoulder patients showed the worst results with only 62% positive cases. Significant differences among the different kinds of Laser applications weren't found. This study seems to confirm the Soft Laser utility in the treatment of the Locomotor Apparatus Soft Tissues Inflammatory lesions.

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