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Photobiomodulation of pain in carpal tunnel syndrome: review of seven laser therapy studies.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16706688     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In this review, seven studies using photoradiation to treat carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) are discussed: two controlled studies that observed real laser to have a better effect than sham laser, to treat CTS; three openprotocol studies that observed real laser to have a beneficial effect to treat CTS; and two studies that did not observe real laser to have a better effect than a control condition, to treat CTS. In the five studies that observed beneficial effect from real laser, higher laser dosages (9 Joules, 12-30 Joules, 32 J/cm(2), 225 J/cm(2)) were used at the primary treatment sites (median nerve at the wrist, or cervical neck area), than dosages in the two studies where real laser was not observed to have a better effect than a control condition (1.8 Joules or 6 J/cm(2)). The average success rate across the first five studies was 84% (SD, 8.9; total hands = 171). The average pain duration prior to successful photoradiation was 2 years. Photoradiation is a promising new, conservative treatment for mild/moderate CTS cases (motor latency < 7 msec; needle EMG, normal). It is cost-effective compared to current treatments.
Margaret A Naeser
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Photomedicine and laser surgery     Volume:  24     ISSN:  1549-5418     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2006 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-05-18     Completed Date:  2006-08-04     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101222340     Medline TA:  Photomed Laser Surg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  101-10     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Neurology, Boston University School of Medicine, MA 02130, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome / radiotherapy*
Laser Therapy, Low-Level* / methods
Treatment Outcome

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