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According to the National Health Interview Survey conducted by NCHS in 2019, one out of five adults in the US have experienced chronic pain within the last three months.1 Rehabilitation clinicians have long been sought after to help provide relief to this population through addressing various aspects of their pain complaints. Non-surgical and non-pharmaceutical solutions to reduce pain have become more important than ever in light of the recent opioid epidemic.

Laser therapy brings an evidence-based treatment option to rehabilitation practices that work daily to decrease pain. Therapeutic laser treatments promote photobiomodulation which impacts pain in a number of ways, increases cellular metabolism, and improves microcirculation to injured tissue.2-8 In this webinar, participants will learn about the mechanisms that make laser therapy an effective treatment for pain relief as well as the common applications where clinicians are experiencing desirable patient outcomes.

Join host, Mark Callanen, DPT, as he unpacks the science behind laser therapy and the studies proving its efficacy in the clinic.


1. Zelaya C,  Dahlhamer J, Lucas J, Connor E. (2020, November 4). Products - Data briefs - Number 390 - November 2020. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/databriefs/db390.htm

2. Chow R, Armati P, Laakso E, Bjordal JM, Baxter GD. Inhibitory Effects of Laser Irradiation on Peripheral Mammalian Nerves and Relevance to Analgesic Effects: A Systematic Review. Photomedicine and Laser Surgery. 2011;11(10):1-17.

3. Duchesne E, Dufresne S, Dumont N. Impact of Inflammation and Anti-inflammatory Modalities on Skeletal Muscle Healing: From Fundamental Research to the Clinic. Physical Therapy. 2017;97(8):807-817.

4. Karu, T. (1991) “Low-Intensity Laser Light Action Upon Fibroblasts and Lymphocytes.” Ohshiro T, Calderhead RG, eds. (1991) Progress in Laser Therapy. (pp. 175-180) Chichester, New York: John Wiley and Sons.

5. Stein A, Benayahu D, Maltz L, Oron, U. Low-Level Laser Irradiation Promotes Proliferation and Differentiation of Human Osteoblasts in Vitro. Photomedicine and Laser Surgery. 2005;23(2):161-166.

6. Mvula B, Mathope T, Moore T, Abrahamse H. The effect of low level laser therapy on adult human adipose derived stem cells. Lasers in Medical Science. 2008;23(3):277-252.

7. Dube A, Bansal H, Gupta PK. Modulation of macrophage structure and function by low level He–Ne laser irradiation. Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences. 2003;2:851-855.

8. Holanda VM, Chavantes MC, Wu X, Anders JJ. The Mechanistic Basis for Photobiomodulation Therapy of Neuropathic Pain by Near Infrared Laser Light.

Individual results may vary. Neither DJO, LLC nor any of its subsidiaries dispense medical advice. The contents of this webinar do not constitute medical advice. Rather, patients must consult with their healthcare professionals for information on the courses of treatment, if any, which may be appropriate for them.