Efficacy of Photobiomodulation Therapy in the Treatment of Pain and Inflammation: A Literature Review
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AuthorGonzález Muñoz, Ana; Cuevas Cervera, María; Pérez Montilla, José Javier; Hamed-Hamed, Dina; Aguilar García, María; Navarro Ledesma, Santiago
Low-level laser therapyPhotobiomodulationChronic painInflammationMetabolism
González-Muñoz, A.; Cuevas-Cervera,M.; Pérez-Montilla, J.J.; Aguilar-Núñez, D.; Hamed-Hamed, D.; Aguilar-García,M.; Pruimboom, L.; Navarro-Ledesma, S. Efficacy of Photobiomodulation Therapy in the Treatment of Pain and Inflammation: A Literature Review. Healthcare 2023, 11, 938. [https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare11070938]
SponsorshipUniversity Chair in Clinical Psychoneuroimmunology (University of Granada and PNI Europe)
The main objective of this literature review was to analyze the efficacy of (PBM) therapy application on subjects with chronic pain and inflammation, and furthermore, to evaluate the methodological quality of the collected literature. The search was conducted using five databases: PubMed, ProQuest, Scopus, Web of Science, and PEDro. The keywords “low level laser therapy”, “chronic pain”, and “inflammation” provided the selection of RCTs that were published within the last 5 years, conducted in humans, and written in English. The PEDro Internal Validity Scale (IVS) checklist was used to evaluate the risk of bias in the included studies. A total of 11 articles were selected, all of them RCTs. Of the articles, five showed that PBM positively influences chronic pain, while another showed the same but only in the short term. In two other articles, the patient’s inflammation improved markedly. In one article there was no improvement in chronic pain and in another, there was no improvement in inflammation. Four articles demonstrated that PBM is beneficial in acute pain. Furthermore, six studies were given an “excellent” score and the remaining five a “good” score based on the IVS. Photobiomodulation has beneficial effects on chronic pain and inflammation, although more research needs to be completed in this line for this to be clarified as the existence of RCTs on this subject is limited.