of analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects of the classical low laser
therapy and multiwave locked system in inflammations of serous bursae
Medical Center Fiziomedica, Iasi, Romania
Infrared thermography is a non-invasive physiological test that since
1990 was recognized as a diagnostic tool by the American Academy of
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. The method is based on the
identification and the quantification of coetaneous thermal asymmetry.
Several studies were conducted in time, showing thermographic
variations in some soft tissue conditions.
Objectives. This study
compares the anti-inflammatory and analgesic effect of classical laser
therapy and multi-wave locked system (MLS) laser therapy by following
the evolution of differences in temperature between the affected area
and the unaffected controlateral area and the evolution of pain
measured by visual analog scale (VAS).
Material and method. I
divided the patients in the study into two groups: a group of patients
received classic laser therapy and a group of patients received MLS
laser therapy. Results. In both group, the evolution of studied
parameters (pain measured by visual analog scale and thermal gradient)
demonstrate the efficiency of laser therapy in treating bursitis, yet
the decrease of differences in temperature and of VAS score was steeper
in the group under MLS therapy, the dissimilarity between the groups
being relevant statistically.
Conclusions. Laser therapy
demonstrate both an analgesic (evidenced by the relieve pain) and
anti-inflammatory effect (evidenced by reduction of the thermal
gradient) for bursitis affecting superficial bursae and the difference
between this two types of laser therapy are statistically significant
(MLS therapy has a greater analgesic and anti-inflammatory effect
compared with low level laser therapy).
bursitis, laser therapy, infrared thermography