Low intensity laser therapy: still not an established clinical tool

Lasers Surg Med. 1995;16(4):331-42. doi: 10.1002/lsm.1900160404.


The surgical, ophthalmological, and dermatological applications of high power lasers are well known and easily understood. What is neither as well known nor as easily understood is that lasers at powers that are orders of magnitude smaller have also been used in the laboratory and clinic for nearly 30 years to modulate cell function, lessen pain, and accelerate healing of soft tissue injuries. This article analyzes the rationale of this approach, examines the utility of laser therapy in its most common clinical applications, reviews and synthesizes the findings, and concludes that although laboratory findings seem authentic, clinical utility remains unestablished.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biophysical Phenomena
  • Biophysics
  • Cells / radiation effects
  • Eye Diseases / surgery
  • Humans
  • Laser Therapy*
  • Pain / radiotherapy
  • Skin Diseases / surgery
  • Soft Tissue Injuries / radiotherapy
  • Wound Healing / radiation effects