This is a practical introduction to low level laser therapy intended for the growing number of clinicians who use the technique. Until recently most lasers in medicine and surgery were very high-powered and used for coagulating, vaporizing and incising tissue, their high cost restricting their use to a limited number of institutions. The past five years, however, have seen the emergence of less expensive, very low-powered lasers which have a wide range of clinical applications, including pain attenuation, wound healing, improving the take of flaps and grafts and laser acupuncture.
Written by internationally renowned experts in the field, this authoritative volume presents an informal, practical look at the use of low level laser therapy in surgery and medicine. Ideal for the potential user as well as the laser specialist, this concise, comprehensive text provides detailed coverage of all aspects of laser therapy, with emphasis on its uses in such areas as surgery, dermatology, anesthesia, neurology, dentistry, and physical medicine. Covers the clinical applications of laser therapy including pain relief, wound healing, and laser acupuncture. Theoretical considerations, future applications, and the safety precautions necessary for low level laser therapy are all discussed.