The average healing time for a bone fracture is 6-8 weeks. When a fracture occurs, the soft tissue around the fracture may also be injured, leading to pain, inflammation, and swelling.
Laser therapy is a non-invasive treatment modality with zero negative side effects that has been shown to speed fracture healing, decrease soft-tissue inflammation, decrease pain, and positively benefit range-of motion and function in fracture patients. Here are what researchers have to say about this treatment modality:
In the above clinical study, patients with delayed union of limb fractures who refused surgical intervention were treated with laser therapy and Sarmiento functional bracing. Here is what the researchers found:
"The current prospective study of a clinical case series of patients presenting with delayed union of fractures involving the upper and lower extremities who refused operative intervention indicated that low-level laser therapy if administered correctly can on the one hand initiate the bone healing process and on the other hand shorten the time for fracture union"
In this placebo-controlled study, patients with closed bone hand and wrist fractures showed significant improvements in VAS pain scores, physical function, and cortical bridging at the fracture site following laser irradiation:
"LLLT provided pain relief, ameliorated symptoms, and induced healing effects, including improvements in physical function and grip strength in the wrist or hand, after the occurrence of a CBF."
This double-blind, placebo controlled, randomized clinical trial showed significant improvement in pain scores for patients in the laser group:
"The use of laser therapy and analgesic medications had better effect during the 24 hours of recovery after the surgery. Laser radiation at wavelengths of 650 and 808 nm (R and IR laser) can decrease postoperative pain and analgesic use in postoperative period. LLLT does not have side eﬀects like respiratory depression, skin reaction, and analgesic nephropathy that are seen with other methods."
Research is great, but just read these patient testimonials!
Jan, Foot Fracture Healed and Pain Free
"The healing of my broken foot is somewhat of a miracle! I was told it would take up to a year for a broken foot to heal. I wore a corrective shoe and received light therapy 2x per week for 11-12 weeks before I stopped wearing the shoe. Definite closing of the bone was apparent on x-ray after only 7 months! My foot no longer gives me any trouble."
KB, Knee Fracture Pain Gone From Using Laser and Whole Body Pod
"I was diagnosed with a stress fracture in my knee. It was extremely painful to walk on and my doctor suggested that I stay off of it completely. I felt it tingling every time I did whole body treatments and slightly less pain after each one. After 2 1/2 weeks of whole body with only one laser treatment, my knee never hurt again. A stress fracture completely healed in 2 1/2 weeks and I was walking and running on it with no pain during the 3rd week!"