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Epic 10 TMJ LLLT

- 2014 (Video)
A woman receives LLLT for her TMJ, and experiences no pain afterward, but the title promotes the Epic 10 laser, possible bias.
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LLLT being used to treat a patient with TMJ. She experiences pain in her cheeks and neck particularly, and afterward claims to have no pain or discomfort. The doctor states that the LLLT has reduced inflammation, and relaxed the muscles that were causing the spasms.

 video length: (2:43)

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THOR Low Level Laser Therapy LLLT Wound healing

- 2008 (Video)
This video is a news report on LLLT, and it shows some promising results on a year old non-healing hernia, the video was posted to youtube by thor, possible bias.
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News report about the use of low level light therapy (LLLT) on a surgical wound that wouldn't heal after nearly a year in a patient with diabetes.


video length: (2:17) 

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LLLT treatment of Oral Mucositis

- 2008 (Video)
This is a news report that explains the basics of LLLT and we hear from a patient that it was used to treat Oral Mucositis, the video was posted by thor, could be biased
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Young man with mucositis recieved a bone marrow transplant and was given LLLT both pre-, and post-op. He was expected to have serious mouth sores, but thanks to the LLLT he had minimal sores that quickly went away.

video length: (1:35) 

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A guy with dentine hypersensitivity treated with LLLT

- 2015 (Video)
A man who has just been treated with LLLT for his dentine hypersensitivity, video posted by Thor so it could be biased
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A man experiencing tooth sensitivity atests to pain reilief from LLLT.

video length: (0:54)

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Welcome to the research tool. This tool is a searchable collection of technical publications, books, videos and other resources about the use of lasers for photobiomodulation. This tool includes almost the entire U.S. library of medicine research papers on LLLT, videos from Youtube associated with therapy lasers and the tables of contents from laser therapy books. This allows users to search for a keyword or condition and see resources about using lasers to treat that condition. All the resources include links to the original source so we are not making any statement about the use of lasers for treating non-FDA cleared application, we are simple summarizing what others have said.  Where every possible, we have included a link to the orginal publication.

Here are some of our favorite queries:

This tool uses a broad match query so:

  • It does not correct spelling and searches only cold laser related subjects so do not use LLLT, cold or laser in the search bar
  • It works better with shorter search terms or even parts of search terms
  • It searches all the available fields so you can enter a body part, author, condition or laser brand.
  • Where ever possible, the detailed section about the resource will link to the sources.
  • This system is only for photobiomodulation or cold laser therapy research (including LLLT, laser acupuncture and high power laser therapy) only. It does NOT include photodynamic laser therapy (where the laser is used to react with a pharmaceutical), hot surgery lasers or cosmetic lasers. It does include some resources on weight loss and smoking cessation.

The results of the search are sorted based on 3 quality factors on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the best score. Originally all the resources were given a 5-5-5 until they could be individually evaluated. These scores are purely opinion and are only used to simplify the rank of the results from more valuable to least valuable. This should not be considered a critique of any work. This system was created to help researchers (including ourselves) find the most usable resources for any cold laser therapy research. The resources are assigned values based on the following 3 factors:

  • Efficacy: The resource (especially research papers) should show a significant improvement in the condition being treated. Resources that show better results are given a higher quality score.
  • Detail: The source must give enough information that the results can be duplicated. If a resource lacks too many details that it cannot be recreated, it is given a lower detail score.
  • Lack of Bias: Many resources are created to try and show that one device is superior to its competition. Many manufacturers have staff that crank out biased papers on a regular basis on the hope that this will make their product look superior. If the author of the resource is paid by a manufacturer of the resource appears to be biased towards one device and not one technology, the resource has much less value.

Over the past few years of working with research, we found that a majority of the published resources are lacking in one of these three ranking factors.
The original goal of this research tool was to tie published resources to the protocols in the library. This connection allows users to trace each protocol back to a list of resources so the protocol can be researched and improved.

General Comments

When many of the first research papers were published, the most power laser available for therapy were less than 100mW and many systems had to be pulsed to keep the laser from burning out too quickly. Today, system are available that will deliver up to 60,000mW of continuous output. Because of these power limitation, many early studies were limited to extremely low dosages by today’s standards. It takes a 50mW system 17 minutes to deliver 50 joules at the surface of the skin. If this was spread over a large area of damage or was treating a deeper problem, the actual dosages were much less than 1J/cm2.  Today, we know that these dosages typically produce very little or no results.
About 80% of the resources in this database are in the near infrared wavelength. There is also some interest in the red wavelength (600 to 660nm) . Other wavelengths like blue, purple, and green have very little scientific research behind them and have not gotten much traction in the core therapy market with the exception of some fringe consumer products.
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