Category Archives: Rants

BMJ snubs LLLT for neck pain again, but gives drugs with no evidence a pass

As reported here in 2013 there are no licensed drugs for non-specific neck pain because “there isn’t much specific research that shows drugs help neck pain”. For LLLT/PBM however, there are at least 16 (mostly positive) RCTs and a positive systematic … Continue reading

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More Class IV laser therapy misinformation

The paper “High-intensity versus low-level laser therapy in the treatment of patients with knee osteoarthritis: a randomized controlled trial” Kheshie et al 2014 pitches the 3B BTL laser against the HIRO class IV “High intensity” laser. The results appear to … Continue reading

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LLLT nomenclature: Cold Low Energy level Laser Soft Therapy Photobiomodulation Phototherapy – Whats in a name ?

At the NZ2008 laser meeting  we debated  LLLT nomenclature, many scientists prefer to call it Photobiomodulation (and I agree this is the best name). Laser Biostimulation was used for some time by the American Society for Lasers in Surgery and … Continue reading

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Kadhim-Saleh laser neck pain review conclusion incorrect. LLLT is clinically effective

Last October a systematic review on LLLT for neck pain was written by Kadhim-Saleh et al and published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. They report that the evidence for LLLT in neck pain is inconclusive. The paper criticises … Continue reading

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Class IV laser misleading claims

In October a paper was published claiming that class IV laser is more effective than class 3B for oral mucositis.  The authors attempt to con the reader by asserting they used a “standard” 3B laser protocol, but instead they set up a … Continue reading

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Class IV laser dose concern. An update from Prof. Jan Bjordal. World Association for Laser Therapy (WALT)

The title of last months PMLS editorial was Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) and World Association for Laser Therapy (WALT) Dosage Recommendations. Written by the Scientific Secretary Prof. Jan Bjordal. He describes how far we have come and the importance of … Continue reading

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None so blind as the BMJ who will not see

A few weeks ago (September 2013) the BMJ updated their patient information for neck pain and I quote “There isn’t much specific research that shows drugs help neck pain, but your doctor may recommend one or more of the following” … Continue reading

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The Bottom Line – lazy or ignorant professors?

Irradiation parameters and dose are critical aspects of LLLT and if you are a doctor or therapist you probably trust the research you read. Prepare to be disappointed.

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