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Low level laser (Low Level Laser Therapy, LLLT) is sometimes used as a treatment method in connection to neck problems. The method is used both by qualified medical personnel and by occupational groups outside of healthcare. There is no consensus on how the treatment is to be administered. As an outcome measure for pain a visual analogue scale is often used (VAS 0–100 mm), but other measuring scales are also used. The aim of this report is to investigate if there is any scientific basis for treatment with low level laser therapy, as opposed to placebo treatment, decreasing the perception of pain in individuals 16 years of age or older with acute or chronic neck pain.
How to cite this report: SBU. Laser treatment of neck pain. Stockholm: Swedish Council on Health Technology Assessment (SBU); 2014. SBU report no 2014-03 (in Swedish).
presents a comprehensive, systematic assessment of available scientific evidence. The certainty of the evidence for each finding is systematically reviewed and graded. Full assessments include economic, social, and ethical impact analyses.
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Georg Lohse, leg sjukgymnast, CAMTÖ, Centrum för evidensbaserad medicin i Örebro
Att det finns en klinisk effekt av laser jämfört placebo vid behandling av ont i nacken men att mer forskning behövs för att klarlägga intensitet, tid, frekvens och vilka diagnoser som är optimala.
Att vården kan se laser som ett behandlingsalternativ för personer med långvarig nacksmärta men att mera forskning behövs.
Det var förvånande att det fanns så lite ny forskning.
This Alert report is a collaboration between CAMTÖ and SBU.