"Laser can be used immediatly on acute injuries, it is a very useful adjunct to have at major sporting games, treating acute/chronic injuries alongside manual therapy for pain relief and reduction of inflammation."

Sarah Cooper MCSP
British Athletic Team physio
Oakfield Physiotherapy
Long Lane
RM16 2PR
01375 396 193

I use Laser on wounds, tendon injuries and back problems in conjunction with manual techniques. I use it in the very acute situations immediately, once bleeding has stopped, on any knocks or cuts. Very useful at a 3 day event. In chronic conditions on horses I use manual techniques followed by laser to get best results. Laser has an advantage over ultrasound where gaining contact is difficult (ie on animals where clipping the hair is inappropriate). As a busy mobile physio mainly treating animals in + "non- clinic" situation I find the compact battery run THOR DD laser is the easiest form of electrotherapy to apply.

Anna Johnson M.C.S.P., S.R.P., Grad Dip. Phys.
ACPAT member
British Equine Team Physio

Conclusion of a postal survey of 162 physiotherapists:
"Laser Therapy has become a relatively popular modality which physiotherapists rate highly against a number of other modalities.
In particular the high ranking assigned to Laser Therapy for pain relief suggests that laser is a potent analgesic modality, easily superior to most of the other modalities.
Ranking of modalities listed for stimulation of wound healing produced the most unequivocal responses, with Laser Therapy being represented as by far the most effective modality in this respect."
Baxter et al, CSP Journal, 1991
Biomedical Sciences Centre, University of Ulster
"In our opinion manual techniques and electrotherapies are not indicated for very acute soft tissue work. Laser however is not contra-indicated and seems to work extremely well, particularly when treating extreme muscle spasm. We find ultrasound is good at getting rid of swelling but the laser is much better at promoting healing and giving pain relief, especially on superficial injuries and releasing muscle trigger points. Unlike other electrotherapies, laser can be used over bony prominences, metal pins, plates and on patients with pacemakers."
Mark Sylvester and Warwick McNeil
Physioworks Physiotherapy Services
0171 409 1539
"As a partner in Meridian Sports Medicine and Sports Performance Centres I am responsible for the monitoring of equipment and facility usage. This information is kept to provide information on buying decisions for future equipment, development of treatment protocols and contributes to the quality control of our overall treatment management.
Laser therapy is our most commonly used electrotherapy apparatus, particularly in acute cases. we have used it in our support of over 300 players in the Student Rugby League World Cup with considerable success when compared against other electrotherapy and mechanical modalities. It is used as an adjunct to many of the manual therapies practised by our physiotherapists, all of whom appreciate the benefits of accuracy in application.
We currently have two laser units and it will be first on our purchasing list after plinths as we expand into new clinics."
Matt Jevon
Meridian Sports Medicine
01257 421232
"I can use laser on very acute injuries for which ultrasound is contra-indicated and it often works on very chronic conditions where ultrasound has failed. In particular I find laser works very well on retro-patella pain."
Siobhan O'Donovan
Meridian Sports Medicine, Wigan
As Physiotherapist for the British National Paragliding Championships, I would not like to be faced with all the acute injuries we see without a laser. Since I've had a laser I can not be bothered with ultrasound and all that gel.
Sue Bunn MCSP
British National Paragliding Team, 01929 421 473

It is not uncommon for ultrasound to "flare up" acute inflammatory conditions whereas in my opinion laser is more effective in producing the desired effects of pain relief and reduction of swelling. I feel that as physiotherapists we should never loose sight of manual "hands on" therapy but why not use whatever else modalities we have at our disposal. The greater the choice, the wider our scope of success. I personally own my own laser and use it in my private work with sports injuries and have excellent results. 1 certainly place it above ultrasound in terms of effectiveness.
Anne Clerkin BSc., MCSP., SRP
Princess Grace Hospital, London

I find laser very helpful on tendon injuries as sometimes it is difficult to get deep down into them with ultrasound etc. I have a Thor DD laser and find the compact battery useful when the football club is travelling away from home as I can treat injuries immediately after games etc.
John Kerr
Ayr United FC

I have been using laser therapy for five years on many different conditions such as burns, scarring, outpatient conditions and pain. I teach my collegues and other disciplins on the use and effects of laser and have found it very useful for chronic pain associated with OA, acute tendonitis, and osteoporotic back pain. It is always used as an adjunct to manual techniques and other modalities of treatment at our disposal but has a few benefits over some other forms of electrotherapy such as ultrasound and pulsed shortwave. These benefits and advantages include the ability to use laser over metal in the tissues, on anaesthetic areas or where skin sensation is decreased,or with pacemakers . I have also found the thor DD laser more portable for use in the community than our other less than portable portable machines. The treatment times are much reduced with laser making it an easier and less time consuming option. I'm trying to persuade our boss to purchase another laser unit for the community.
Claire Clark
Senior 1 Physiotherapist
Putney Hospital.

I use laser where where manipulation is contraindicated and where pain relief is required.
Julian Winer



















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