Treating pain with lasers

Low-level laser therapy can achieve good pain relief in a range of conditions

Low-level laser therapy can achieve good pain relief in a range of conditions.

Chronic pain is a common and debilitating condition, costing Australia $34 billion in 2007 and $634 billion annually in the US.1

The extent of the problem for GPs in Australia has been quantified by the BEACH and Supplementary Analysis of Nominated Data (SAND) studies, which evaluated 1.4 million GP consultations in Australian general practice.

Painful conditions were the third most common reason for people to visit a GP, with a prevalence of 19.2%.

Forty-eight per cent of these patients were diagnosed with osteoarthritis, 29.2% with "back problems", and 7.1% with other forms of arthritis.

Almost one-third of people nominated "other condition" as the cause of their chronic pain, of which 65.1% were musculoskeletal and 14.7% neurological.

People with cancer-related pain

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