The effects of laser treatment in tendinopathy: a systematic review

Acta Ortop Bras. Jan-Feb 2015;23(1):47-9. doi: 10.1590/1413-78522015230100513.


Tendons have as main function transmit forces from the muscle to the bones. Tendinopathy is an inflammatory process that occurs in and around the tendon, when these are affected by some injury. Low level laser therapy consists in a local application of a monochromatic, coherent and short wavelength light. Its use began in 60's and since then several benefits for tendon injuries have been reported. The objective of this study is to collect the most recent studies about the use of laser on the tendinopathy treatment. We performed searches on the following electronic databases PubMed, Medline, CAPES journals portal and LILACS. After the analysis, we selected three articles that showed that the use of low-level laser therapy, compared to placebo, is effective in treatment of tendinopathy. Despite the need for more studies about this theme, the low-level laser therapy demonstrates consistent results in the treatment of tendinopathy.

Keywords: Laser therapy; Review; Tendinopathy.

Publication types

  • Review