Journal article

Low-level laser therapy for chronic non-specific low back pain: a meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials

Gregory Glazov, Michael Yelland, Jon Emery

ACUPUNCTURE IN MEDICINE | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2016

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The efficacy of low-level laser treatment (LLLT) for chronic back pain remains controversial due to insufficient trial data. We aimed to conduct an updated review to determine if LLLT (including laser acupuncture) has specific benefits in chronic non-specific low back pain (CNLBP). METHODS: Electronic databases were searched for randomised trials using sham controls and blinded assessment examining the intervention of LLLT in adults with CNLBP. Primary outcomes were pain and global assessment of improvement with up to short-term follow-up. Secondary outcomes were disability, range of back movement, and adverse effects. A random effects meta-analysis was conducted. Subgroup analyse..

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