Low Level Laser Treatment of Tendinopathy: A Systematic Review with Meta-analysis

Steve Tumilty, Joanne Munn, Suzanne McDonough, Deirdre A Hurley, Jeffrey R Basford, G. David Baxter

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OBJECTIVES: To assess the clinical effectiveness of Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) in the treatment of tendinopathy. Secondary objectives were to determine the relevance of irradiation parameters to outcomes, and the validity of current dosage recommendations for the treatment of tendinopathy.BACKGROUND: LLLT is proposed as a possible treatment for tendon injuries. However, the clinical effectiveness of this modality remains controversial, with limited agreement on the most efficacious dosage and parameter choices.METHOD: The following databases were searched from inception to 1(st) August 2008: MEDLINE, PubMed, CINAHL, AMED, EMBASE, All EBM reviews, PEDro (Physiotherapy Evidence Database), SCOPUS. Controlled clinical trials evaluating LLLT as a primary intervention for any tendinopathy were included in the review. Methodological quality was classified as: high (> or =6 out of 10 on the PEDro scale) or low ( or =6 on the PEDro scale, participants' grip strength was 9.59 kg higher than that of the control group; for participants with Achilles tendinopathy, the effect was 13.6 mm less pain on a 100 mm visual analogue scale.CONCLUSION: LLLT can potentially be effective in treating tendinopathy when recommended dosages are used. The 12 positive studies provide strong evidence that positive outcomes are associated with the use of current dosage recommendations for the treatment of tendinopathy.
LanguageEnglish
Pages3-16
JournalPhotomedicine and Laser Surgery
Volume28
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2010

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Tendinopathy
Meta-Analysis
Lasers
Physical therapy
Tendons
Therapeutics
Databases
Tendon Injuries
Controlled Clinical Trials
Irradiation
Hand Strength
Visual Analog Scale
PubMed
MEDLINE
Pain
Control Groups
Low-Level Light Therapy

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Tumilty, Steve ; Munn, Joanne ; McDonough, Suzanne ; Hurley, Deirdre A ; Basford, Jeffrey R ; Baxter, G. David. / Low Level Laser Treatment of Tendinopathy: A Systematic Review with Meta-analysis. In: Photomedicine and Laser Surgery. 2010 ; Vol. 28, No. 1. pp. 3-16.
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