Injury and pain managment
The most simple but nevertheless very effective indication for low level laser therapy and laseracupuncture is the encouragement of wound healing after trauma or operations, in particular when a rapid resilience of the wound closure should be achieved or the wound is located in an area which is difficult to immobilise, such as joints.
Effects of low level laser therapy on wound healing process are one of the most fully studied aspects of this type of therapy. It affects all phases of this very complex process.
Histological studies have demonstrated that laser irradiation improves wound epithelialization, cellular content, granulation tissue formation, and collagen deposition in laser-treated wounds, compared to untreated sites
How does LLLT accelerate wound healing?
- All 4 stages of healing affected: inflammation, proliferation, remodeling and maturation
- Increased fibroblast proliferation
- 2-5 x increase in growth factor and DNA synthesis in fibroblasts, fibroblast, muscle cells, osteoblasts and mucosal epithelial cells
- Greater healed wound tensile strength in soft tissue and connective injuries
Picture 1, 2, 3: Neglected wound before treatment, after 3 weeks and at the end of treatment
Picture 1, 2, 3: Digital synovial sheath inflammation in a six-year-old crossbred gelding.
Infected tendon sheet before treatment; after three treatments, see the necrotic centre; closed wound after 14 days.