What is low level laser therapy?

3 answers | Last updated: Sep 22, 2016
A fellow caregiver asked...

Mom has rheumitoid arthritis & her neck is now completely fused from it- very very little movement in it now at all. Have been reading about Low Level Laser Therapy (LLEL or LLLT). What do you know about this??

Expert Answers

Jennifer Serafin, N.P. is a registered nurse and geriatric nurse practitioner at the Jewish Homes for the Aged in San Francisco.

Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) is a treatment option that uses lasers to alter the body's cells, which will hopefully decrease pain. There is still research being done to see how effective it is on certain joint problems like Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), or arthritis.

The studies I saw on the Cochrane meta-analysis website showed laser therapy decreasing pain and morning stiffness more than placebo. The studies also showed that laser therapy worked just as well as placebo treatment to improve range of motion, function, and grip strength. There were also no listed side effects from the treatments in these studies.

Community Answers

Riveroasis answered...

Have heard about Cochrane Group? Where is this website &/or physical location?

Emily m. answered...

Hello riveroasis,

Thank you for your question. Here is a website where you can learn more information about the Cochrane Prospective Meta-Analysis Methods Group[cochrane.org]

I hope that helps!

Take care, Emily | Community Manager Caring.com