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La terapia con láser para el dolor cervical agudo con radiculopatía

Valoración Valoración: 4 Estrellas

Descripción: El láser de bajo nivel alivia el dolor en pacientes con dolor cervical y de brazo.

TITULO FUENTE ORIGINAL:

Low-level laser therapy for acute neck pain with radiculopathy: a double-blind placebo-controlled randomized study.

AUTORES:

Konstantinovic LM, Cutovic MR, Milovanovic AN, Jovic SJ, Dragin AS, Letic MDj, Miler VM

REVISTA ABREV.:

Pain Med

AÑO:

2010

REFERENCIA:

11(8):1169-78

DOI:

10.1111/j.1526-4637.2010.00907.x

RESUMEN ORIGINAL:

OBJECTIVE: The objective of the study was to investigate clinical effects of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) in patients with acute neck pain with radiculopathy.
DESIGN: Double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study.
SETTING: The study was carried out between January 2005 and September 2007 at the Clinic for Rehabilitation at the Medical School, University of...
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OBJECTIVE: The objective of the study was to investigate clinical effects of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) in patients with acute neck pain with radiculopathy.
DESIGN: Double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study.
SETTING: The study was carried out between January 2005 and September 2007 at the Clinic for Rehabilitation at the Medical School, University of Belgrade, Serbia.
PATIENTS AND INTERVENTION: Sixty subjects received a course of 15 treatments over 3 weeks with active or an inactivated laser as a placebo procedure. LLLT was applied to the skin projection at the anatomical site of the spinal segment involved with the following parameters: wavelength 905 nm, frequency 5,000 Hz, power density of 12 mW/cm(2), and dose of 2 J/cm(2), treatment time 120 seconds, at whole doses 12 J/cm(2).
OUTCOME MEASURES:
The primary outcome measure was pain intensity as measured by a visual analog scale. Secondary outcome measures were neck movement, neck disability index, and quality of life. Measurements were taken before treatment and at the end of the 3-week treatment period.
RESULTS: Statistically significant differences between groups were found for intensity of arm pain (P = 0.003, with high effect size d = 0.92) and for neck extension (P = 0.003 with high effect size d = 0.94).
CONCLUSION: LLLT gave more effective short-term relief of arm pain and increased range of neck extension in patients with acute neck pain with radiculopathy in comparison to the placebo procedure.

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