High-in­ten­sity laser ther­apy cuts back pain by 51%

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High-in­ten­sity laser ther­apy (HILT) may be a long-last­ing non­sur­gi­cal rem­edy for acute and chronic back pain. In a study in the Jour­nal of Phys­i­cal Ther­apy Science, HILT de­creased pain scores by 51% and im­proved pa­tients’ abil­ity to com­plete daily tasks by 43% af­ter twelve 10-minute ses­sions. Re­searchers say the lasers pen­e­trate mus­cles and stim­u­late cells to speed tis­sue heal­ing, which eases pain. The FDA-ap­proved treat­ment is said to be pain­less and free from side ef­fects. Cost ranges from $80 to $100 per ses­sion (sim­i­lar to that of acupunc­ture and mas­sage) at or­tho­pe­dic, chi­ro­prac­tic and pain-man­age­ment cen­ters and gen­er­ally is not cov­ered by in­sur­ance.

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