Cold Laser Therapy for Arthritis Knee Pain

Cold Laser Therapy for Arthritis Knee Pain

Over the years, there have been numerous studies on the effects of cold laser therapy for arthritis knee pain.  Recently Dr. Alexandra K. Schnee, D.C. and Dr. Robert Hanson, D.C. published the results of their clinical findings in an abstract that was submitted, peer-reviewed and accepted by the North American Association for Laser Therapy. The abstract entitled  Low-Level Laser Therapy And Its Effects On The Quality of Life for Patients Suffering From Osteoarthritis Knee Pain in the Medial Compartment:  A Detailed Analysis By Questionnaire will be presented at NAALT’s annual conference in September. 

In summary, Dr. Schnee treated 119 knees, representing 86 patients over a period of 10 months.  The only patients who participated in this study were those diagnosed with either moderate to severe arthritis on the medial aspect of the knee (inside part-where the knees touch).  Patient’s filled out detailed questionnaires on their final treatment and 79.8% of them reported that their knees were moderately to a great deal better.  It was concluded that low-level laser therapy or cold laser therapy for arthritis knee pain helps improve the overall quality of life for patients suffering with chronic knee pain.  The following is an excerpt from the abstract.

LOW-LEVEL LASER THERAPY AND ITS EFFECTS ON THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR PATIENTS SUFFERING FROM OSTEOARTHRITIS KNEE PAIN IN THE MEDIAL COMPARTMENT: A DETAILED ANALYSIS BY QUESTIONNAIRE

Introduction:  The aim of this study was to assess the effects of low-level  laser therapy (cold laser therapy) for patients specifically diagnosed with moderate to severe (bone on bone) osteoarthritis knee pain in the medial compartment of the knee by using questionnaires. 

Methods:  Patients were treated at the DFW Spine & Joint Clinic from June 2010 thru April 2011.  There were a total of 119 knees treated representing 86 patients.  One hundred nineteen questionnaires were completed and collected after the patients treatment.

Results: There were a total of 86 patients diagnosed and treated for moderate to severe (bone on bone) osteoarthritis in the medial joint compartment with symptoms of knee pain.  This diagnosis was a result of either an x-ray or an MRI. Out of those patients 33 had both knees treated and 53 patients had only one knee treated.  There were a total of 34 males and a total of 52 females, with a mean age of 66.13 years.

 Patients were asked to rate their overall change in activity, limitations, symptoms, emotions, and quality of life after completing 20 treatments using a detailed questionnaire.  Patients who had both knees treated were asked to fill out two different questionnaires, one for each knee treated.   Overall 79.8% rated the overall improvement of their knee either moderately better to a great deal better.  None of the patients rated that the treatments had negative effects on their quality of life or that they experienced more knee pain on the completion of their 20th treatment.

Conclusion: Our results indicate that Low-level laser therapy (or cold laser therapy) significantly improves the overall quality of life and related factors for patients diagnosed with moderate to severe (bone on bone) osteoarthritis knee pain in the medial compartment of the knee making this therapy an ideal treatment for patients with chronic knee pain.

About  Dr. Alexandra K. Schnee, D.C.

Since 2001, Dr. Alexandra K. Schnee, B.S., D.C. has been in private practice in Irving, Texas, a suburb of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex at the DFW Spine & Joint Center.  She has devoted her practice to helping patients with chronic knee pain, and has developed her own treatment protocols for different conditions related to the knee.  At this time, Dr. Schnee has performed over 35,000 laser knee treatments, written peer-reviewed articles, and has lectured on the topic of laser therapy for the treatment of knee pain. Her research interests lie on the effects of  cold laser therapy for arthritis knee pain, meniscus tears, baker’s cysts and various other knee conditions that cause chronic knee pain. You can contact Dr. Schnee at coldlaserdoctor@gmail.com or click on the links above.

Cold Laser Therapy for Arthritis Knee Pain

Dr. A. Schnee,D.C. shares how cold laser therapy for arthritis knee pain can help relieve chronic arthritis knee pain without knee surgery Dallas-Fort Worth,TX.

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