Indications for Use
Low level laser light therapy refers to the use of polarized red‐beam or near infrared light to provide pain relief for various acute and chronic conditions. In contrast to more powerful surgical lasers, low level laser light is low power, usually 5‐500 milliwatts with wavelengths of 600‐1000 nm. When applied to the skin, it does not burn and produces little or no sensation. The light energy penetrates into tissues where it is thought to exert effects on cellular and extracellular systems (e.g., neurologic, vascular, immune, lympahtic) resulting in pain relief or healing. This technology has been proposed and utilized to treat many conditions. The following are just a few examples: carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, low back pain, tendinitis,epicondylitis, TMJ syndrome, fibromyalgia, shoulder pain, ankle sprain, repetitive stress injury, migraine,tension headache, and neuropathic pain. It has also been used to promote healing of post‐operative wounds,burns and stomatitis. Interest and research into this technology is ongoing. Although many studies have been published, overall efficacy, magnitude and duration of effect are not sufficiently well established to extend coverage. Therefore, at this time, low level/cold laser light therapy is considered experimental and investigational and is not payable by Medicare or other insurance companies.