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, Tamás 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 publicationMechanisms for Low-Light Therapy V
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 3 2010
EventMechanisms for Low-Light Therapy V - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Jan 23 2010Jan 25 2010

Publication series

NameProgress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE
Volume7552
ISSN (Print)1605-7422

Other

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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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 Mechanisms for Low-Light Therapy V [75520M] (Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE; Vol. 7552). https://doi.org/10.1117/12.841107