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Laser Therapy


LASER Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation


LASER The photons and waves are all the same size (monochromatic) and the photons and waves are in phase (Coherent) The light can be collimated (non-divergent) and is brilliant (has a high power density)

Laser & Light: 

Laser & Light

How the First Ruby Laser Works: 

How the First Ruby Laser Works


1. High-voltage electricity causes the quartz flash tube to emit an intense burst of light, exciting some of the atoms in the ruby crystal to higher energy levels.


2. At a specific energy level, some atoms emit particles of light called photons. At first the photons are emitted in all directions. Photons from one atom stimulate emission of photons from other atoms and the light intensity is rapidly amplified.


3. Mirrors at each end reflect the photons back and forth, continuing this process of stimulated emission and amplification.


4. The photons leave through the partially silvered mirror at one end. This is laser light.




POWER Power is expressed in watts (W) however LLLT device outputs are so low the tend to be expressed in milli-watts (mW) Average Powers are typically 30-100mW. More power means shorter treatment times, deeper penetration and some argue, better results.


THE LASER DIODE The LASERS used in modern LLLT systems are made from semi-conductor materials. They are robust and reliable. They do not produce round and collimated (straight) beams. They are often elliptical in shape and diverge.


PENETRATION Penetration depends on wavelength Shorter wavelengths (600nm-700nm) are absorbed within a couple of mm by hemoglobin, longer wavelengths (1,000nm + )are absorbed by fat and water

WHAT IS LASER THERAPY (Low Level Laser Therapy) LLLT: 

WHAT IS LASER THERAPY (Low Level Laser Therapy) LLLT Laser Therapy is the application of electromagnetic wave 600-1100nm (red and near infra-red light, 780-830nm) over injuries or lesions to improve wound / soft tissue healing and give relief for both acute and chronic pain

Laser Therapy: 

Laser Therapy 1. Laser heating at very low energies--Biostimulation 2. Laser heating at very low energies--Coagulation, welding and hyperthermia. Coagulation: Heating at 60-70oC causes contraction of tissue around bleeding vessels, which are then squeezed shut. Welding: Laser energy can perform anastomosis and welding of tissues at typical of temperatures of 60-70oC Hyperthermia: Laser heating at typical temperature 42.5-43.5oC is use for hyperthermia treament.


3. Laser heating at medium energy- Vaporization. Sufficient heating can vaporize tissue, drill hold, and cut the ablate tissue. 4. High-energy laser pulses -Lithotripsy and photoablation. Lithotripsy: Scattering of urinary stone by shock-wave generated by power full laser pulsess. Photoablation: Short, energy laser pulses vaporize tissue with little thermal damage. 5. Non-thermal effect- therapy and tissue removal Photochemical methods; Laser energy is absorbed either by the tissue it self or by dyes or drugs introduced in to the tissue. The laser energy triggers therapeutic photochemical reactions. Photodisruption: Excimer laser removes tissue with no sign of thermal damage.


Indications Dermatological disorder Rheumatic disorders,particularly complaints due to over burden of the soft tissues Degenerative articular disorders Post-traumatic disorders Circulatory disorder Disorders which are an indication for acupuncture


Arthritis Back pain Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Joint injuries Sports injuries Tendinitis/Tennis Elbow Tenosynovitis TMJ Syndrome Non-surgical Non-invasive No loss of work during or after treatment May be used on most post-surgical cases No documented cases of side effects

Laser Therapy is used to:: 



Contra-indication Direct irradiation to the eyes Shortly(4-6 months)after radiotherapy Endocrine glands(local) Epilepsy Fever Malignant tumors Pregnancy or menstruation for irradiation in the abdominal region and the low back


Dosage Dermatological disorder j/cm2 scar (too soft) 3-6 Scar (too much keloid)and/or pain 0.1-0.5 Decubitis 0.1-2 Ulcers 0.1-2 Transplantation wounds 0.05-1 Herpes zoster 0.4-0.7


Dosage Rheumatic disorder j/cm2 Tendinitis/peritendinitis 0.5-4 Periostalgia 0.5-2 Bursitis 0.5-2 Fasciitis 0.3-1 Capsulitis 0.5-3 Myocytis 0.5-2


Dosage Post traumatic disorder j/cm2 Contusion/disorder 0.5-2 Ruptures of soft tissues 0.5-3 (ligament, capsules, muscles, tendons) Haematoma 0.1-2 Edema 0.1-1.5

Benefits of laser therapy: 

Benefits of laser therapy Laser light increases production of prostaglandin and collagen fibrils, and accelerates cell reproduction during treatment of open wounds. Reduces inflammation and pain from strain to muscle and tendon, tendon and periosteum, tendon and synovial membrane, tendon and bursa. Reduces pain and inflammation, improves mobility of osteo-arthritis affected joints. Increases micro-circulation to reduce pain and edema induced muscle fibre damage from over-taxation of the muscles (myositis). Improves mobility of joint in association with manual treatment of contractures. Treats acne, roseacea and eczema. Direct stimulation of acupuncture points Laser therapy promotes rapid healing, enhances cell growth, prevents scar tissue formation, reduces inflammation and pain associated with sprains, ligament and capsular injuries.


TATTOO REMOVAL MADE EASIER WITH NEW LASER THERAPIES( NEW YORK (October 27, 1999) - Once seen as an identity or hallmark of bikers and street gangs, tattoos are now part of American mainstream culture. In fact, the number of tattoo studios has grown from 300 to over 4,000 nationally in the past 20 years. While some people keep their tattoos for life, many people regret their decision to decorate their body and want them removed.


UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND EYE SPECIALISTS OFFER NEWLY- APPROVED LASER TREATMENT FOR MACULAR DEGENERATION ( The treatment, known as Photodynamic Therapy (PDT), uses the intravenous drug verteporfin in combination with a low-intensity laser to halt the destructive effect of abnormal blood vessels under the retina, found in the “wet” form of macular degeneration. About 20 percent of patients with macular degeneration have the “wet” type, which is the most severe form of the disease. The abnormal vessels can damage the macular region of the retina and, if left untreated, can result in blindness.

Laser Therapy & Intense Pulsed Light Treatments( : 

Laser Therapy & Intense Pulsed Light Treatments( Remove Hair Remove Varicose & Spider Veins, Age Spots, Freckles, Birthmarks, Port Wine Stains Diminish Fine Lines, Wrinkles & Scars

Remove Varicose & Spider Veins, Age Spots, Freckles, Birthmarks, Port Wine Stains: 

Remove Varicose & Spider Veins, Age Spots, Freckles, Birthmarks, Port Wine Stains Varicose Veins before Varicose Veins after Freckles before Freckles after

Diminish Fine Lines, Wrinkles & Scars: 

Diminish Fine Lines, Wrinkles & Scars Before After

Laser Therapy treatments( 

Laser Therapy treatments(


WOUNDS Treat recent wounds for 1 min per area with cluster probe at 20 Hz. Treat chronic non healing wounds for up to 2 mins per area at 5KHz. Aim to treat surrounding soft tissues as well as the wound itself. It may take 2 - 4 'clusters' to treat the both wound bed and the surrounding soft tissues. Use transparent thin film (cling-film) over ulcers, pressure sores and wounds and, without causing undue pain, maintain contact with site to be treated if possible. Clean probe after use with a surgical spirit wipe. There are normally no adverse effects from Laser Therapy, however, patients occasionally experience mild discomfort / ache after treatment. This is due to a re-stimulation of the inflammatory phase and should settle down after 24 - 48 hours.


WOUNDS Day 1 Day 21 Day 42

Treat each tender point with the 100mW laser probe: 

Treat each tender point with the 100mW laser probe. Palpate for any changes (eg: reduction in pain, change in tissue texture, relaxation of muscle, etc). If there is no response, then treat the tender points again. Palpate for any changes and repeat once more if necessary. Then treat the surrounding soft tissue with the cluster probe for 1-2 mins per area depending on the build of the patient Treat each tender point with the 100mW laser probe


HOW TO CHOOSE A LASER - Infra-Red (30mW average power or more) for musculoskeletal - Visible Red (620nm-780nm) for wound healing (10-30mW) - Wide range of pulse frequencies (2.5Hz to several thousand Hz) - Point finder to find muscle trigger points - Timer


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Indications : 

Indications Sports medicine and orthopaedics joint injuries rheumatoid arthritis. traumatic conditions of muscles and nerves muscle strains Treatment of wounds healing of wounds Dermatology resistant ulcers herpes chronic eczema acne.

A: Examples of lasers which can be used in medicine:: 

A: Examples of lasers which can be used in medicine: Laser name Wavelength Pulsed/continuous Use in medicine. Crystalline laser medium: Ruby 694 nm p holograms, tattoo coagulation, hair removal Nd:YAG 1 064 nm p coagulation, dentistry Ho:YAG 2 130 nm p surgery, root canal Er:YAG 2 940 nm p surgery, dental drill KTP/532 532 nm p/c dermatology Alexandrite 720-800 nm p bone cutting, hair removal


Semiconductor lasers: GaAs 904 nm p biostimulation GaAlAs 780-820-870 nm c biostimulation, surgery InGaAlP 630-685 nm c biostimulation Liquid laser: Dye laser (tuneable) p kidney stones Rhodamine: 560-650 nm c/p PDT, dermatology


Gas lasers: HeNe 633, 3 390 nm c biostimulation Argon 350-514 nm c dermatology, eye CO2 10 600 nm c/p dermatology, surgery Excimer 193, 248, 308 nm p eye, vascular surgery Copper vapour 578 nm c/p dermatology

The instruments of laser therapy: 

The instruments of laser therapy 630nm (red, visible light) to 830 nm (infrared, invisible light). red light is generally absorbed by the surface Infrared can penetrate deeper into the tissue Both solid-state lasers and gas lasers Gas lasers are Helium-Neon lasers Solid-state lasers (usually Gallium-Arsenid, GaA) Stationary Instruments "low-level" or "cold-laser

Scanners : 

Scanners treatment of larger areas of skin more than one laser diode Table Instruments 3mW to 300mW

Mobile Instruments: 

Mobile Instruments 3mW to 300mW Some machines have a few fixed frequencies 10mW to 150mW infrared, invisible light GaA/As-Diode (780nm to 830nm). require a construction licence and need to be in the 3b class of lasers

Laser Safety Considerations: 

Laser Safety Considerations Laser Hazards Eye hazards such as retinal or cornea burns. Skin hazards such as burns. Electrical hazards from high voltage equipment. Fire hazards.


Clasification Class I: Power do not exceed the maximum permissible exposure(MPE) for the eye Class II: Visible laser beams with power levels up to 1 mW. The eye is protected by the blinking reflex. Class IIIa: Same as class II but use for power level up to 5mW and with laser beams which are expanded. Class IIIb: Power level up to 0.5W. Direct viewing of the beam is dangerous. Class IV: Power levels > 0.5W. Extremely hazardous.

Eye hazards such as retinal or cornea burns: 

Eye hazards such as retinal or cornea burns NEVER point a laser at someone's eyes no matter how low the power of the laser. one watt laser beam entering the eye can be focused to 100,000 watts per square centimetre of power at the retina RETINAL INJURY IS PERMANENT

Skin hazards such as burns: 

Skin hazards such as burns With higher power lasers a burn can occur even though the flinch reaction may rapidly pull the affected skin out of the beam. These burns can be quite painful as the affected skin can be cooked and forms a hard lesion that takes ages to heal. Exposure of the skin to high power laser beams (1 or more watts) can cause burns. At the under five watt level, the heat from the laser beam will cause a flinch reaction before any serious damage occurs.The sensation is similar to touching any hot object, you tend to pull your hand away or drop it before any major damage occurs.

Laser Link: 

Laser Link

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