Pretty interesting stuff. I have radiculopathy pain in my shoulder and down my right arm and I've tried all kinds of stuff to stop it from hurting. Basically nothing has helped so far but maybe I'm just not looking in the right place. I think I need to have a discussion with my pain doctor.
Hello and Welcome to the Pain Management Forum.
Sandee has provided you with some good information. There are several studies out there that are all positive in the reduction of pain with LLLT.
One study conducted bu the Medical School, University of Belgrade, Serbia for Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) in Acute Neck Pain drew this 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."
Another study concluded it was effective in patients with variety of musculoskeletal pain including fibromyalgia.
Why do you ask?
The results will vary depending on the patient. I found a link for you that discusses the treatment and the stats of its effectiveness. I hope it helps:)
A number of papers have shown a reduction of pain with laser treatments directed over acupuncture points.21-24 Altered skin resistance with a reduction of pain were also noted in subjects who receive LLLT over muscular trigger points.25-26
A group of subjects with chronic tendinopathies, that had been previously treated unsuccessfully with physical therapy, NSAIDS, local injections, and or surgery, had an 87 percent success rate in pain reduction following the application of LLLT.27