High-intensity laser therapy cuts back pain by 51%
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.