Is it different from ultrasound?
therapy is the treatment of choice, but often
an electrotherapy is used to augment a hands
on approach to aid tissue repair and give
is the most commonly used electrotherapy, it is however
limited in its effectiveness and limited in its range of
applications (ultrasound should not be used over bony
prominences, pins, plates and very acute
are now turning to laser therapy (which can be used
safely in these areas) and finding they are using it more
and more. Says Sue Bunn, MCSP, SRP, physio to the British
Paragliding Team, " I would not like to be faced with all
the acute injuries we see without a laser. Since I've had
a laser I can not be bothered with ultrasound and all
that gel".This is a comment heard from many physios who
find laser easy to learn and simple to use.
Therapy works differently from ultrasound, it works
quickly from within the cell and often resolves
conditions that have not responded to manual therapy or
Jevon, Chief Executive of The British Association of
Sports Trainers and visiting lecturer in Sports
Rehabilitation at the University of Salford is very
excited about this modality. "Laser therapy is our most
commonly used electrotherapy apparatus, particularly in
acute cases. We have used it in our support of over 300
players in the Student Rugby League World Cup with
considerable success when compared against other
electrotherapy and mechanical modalities.
used as an adjunct to many of the manual therapies
practised by our physiotherapists, all of whom appreciate
the benefits of accuracy in application. We currently
have two laser units and it will be first on our
purchasing list after plinths as we expand into new
modern higher power laser components, Laser Therapy is
more effective than in the past. Simpler laser treatment
protocols have now been developed that enable users to
give fast, effective treatments for both acute injuries
and difficult conditions.
Sarah Cooper, physio to the British Athletic Team "I use
laser immediately on acute injuries, it is a very useful
adjunct to have at major sporting games, treating acute
and chronic injuries alongside manual therapy for pain
relief and reduction of inflammation.".
Therapy is considered to be one of the safest forms of
electrotherapy and has more published research evidence
supporting it than any other electrotherapy. It is used
by physiotherapists for pain relief, resolution of
inflammation and tissue repair. A 1991 survey showed it
to be the most effective electrotherapy for pain relief
and wound healing - since then many ultrasound users have
become laser enthusiasts.
Therapy overtaking ultrasound?