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Are Handheld Laser Treatment devices for Osteoarthritis good?

Hello. Does anyone have any experience in the laser treatment of osteoarthritis in Australia using such hand- held products as the Pulse Laser Relief? Cheers. Bob.

Welcome @robertstarkey2605

Evidence to support the use of Low Light Laser Therapy (LLLT) is very limited for many of it’s claimed benefits. There is some medical use treatment in Oral Mucositis caused by Chemotherapy, there is some evidence about some short term pain relief in rheumatoid arthritis and neck pain. This short term pain relief is about the same as you would get from any other heat therapy on the site of the pain. In fact for the device promoted by the Business you have mentioned it’s TGA registration notes that “include temporary relief of minor muscle and joint pain, arthritis and muscle spasm, relieving stiffness, promoting relaxation of muscle tissue and temporarily increase local blood circulation where heat is indicated” (my bolding). It is just short term relief similar to what you get from a warm wheat pack, or any other heat therapy that warms the area and increases blood flow in the area.

Probably best to avoid but that’s only my opinion based on looking at what evidence is out there. Most of the support seems to come from the industries that profit from the use of it eg some Cosmetic skin care businesses.

A similar LLLT device that earned it’s producers some time in the hoosegow (Jail)

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