The effects of infrared laser therapy and weightbath traction hydrotherapy as components of complex physical treatment in disorders of the lumbar spine: A controlled pilot study with follow-up

Csaba Oláh, Mihály Oláh, Béla Demeter, Zoltán Jancsó, Valéria Páll, T. Bender

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Abstract

Introduction: The therapeutic modalities available for the conservative management of chronic lumbar pain included infrared laser therapy and underwater traction, which usefulness is not universally acknowledged. This study was intended to ascertain any beneficial impact of infrared laser therapy and weightbath treatment on the clinical parameters and quality of life of patients with lumbar discopathy. Material and methods: The study population comprised 54 randomised subjects. I. group of 18 patents received only infrared laser therapy to lumbar region and painful Valley points. II. group of 18 subjects each received underwater traction therapy of lumbar spine with add-on McKenzie exercise and iontophoresis. The remaining III. group treated with exercise and iontophoresis, served as control. VAS, Oswestry index, SF36 scores, range of motion, neurological findings and thermography were monitored to appraise therapeutic afficacy in lumbar discopathy. A CT or MRI scan was done at baseline and after 3 months follow-up. Result:Infrared laser therapy and underwater traction for discopathy achieved significant improvement of all study parameters, which was evident 3 months later. Among the controls, significant improvement of only a single parameter was seen in patients with lumbar discopathy. Conclusions: Infrared laser therapy and underwater traction treatment effectively mitigate pain, muscle spasms, enhance joint flexibility, and improve the quality of life of patients with lumbar discopathy.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProgress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE
Volume7552
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventMechanisms for Low-Light Therapy V - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Jan 23 2010Jan 25 2010

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OtherMechanisms for Low-Light Therapy V
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA
Period1/23/101/25/10

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Hydrotherapy
Physical therapy
spine
Infrared lasers
traction
Traction
Laser Therapy
infrared lasers
therapy
Spine
disorders
Iontophoresis
Articular Range of Motion
pain
physical exercise
lumbar region
Quality of Life
spasms
Exercise
Therapeutics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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The effects of infrared laser therapy and weightbath traction hydrotherapy as components of complex physical treatment in disorders of the lumbar spine : A controlled pilot study with follow-up. / Oláh, Csaba; Oláh, Mihály; Demeter, Béla; Jancsó, Zoltán; Páll, Valéria; Bender, T.

Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE. Vol. 7552 2010. 75520M.

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Oláh, C, Oláh, M, Demeter, B, Jancsó, Z, Páll, V & Bender, T 2010, The effects of infrared laser therapy and weightbath traction hydrotherapy as components of complex physical treatment in disorders of the lumbar spine: A controlled pilot study with follow-up. in Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE. vol. 7552, 75520M, Mechanisms for Low-Light Therapy V, San Francisco, CA, United States, 1/23/10. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.841107
Oláh, Csaba ; Oláh, Mihály ; Demeter, Béla ; Jancsó, Zoltán ; Páll, Valéria ; Bender, T. / The effects of infrared laser therapy and weightbath traction hydrotherapy as components of complex physical treatment in disorders of the lumbar spine : A controlled pilot study with follow-up. Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE. Vol. 7552 2010.
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