Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Will Cold Laser Therapy Help Arthritis Pain?

Wednesday, 16 Jun 2010 09:43 AM

Question: My husband has arthritis in his hip, and is in pain. Will cold laser therapy help?

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

Arthritis is a general term for inflammation in a joint. When you say he has arthritis, I assume you are referring to the most common form of arthritis encountered, osteoarthritis, which is usually associated with overuse and aging. Other forms of arthritis have specific treatments that are, in some cases, curative.

Cold laser therapy is a low-level light treatment believed to stimulate circulation, but it is probably better-suited to short-term injury treatment and rehabilitation than long-term treatment of a recurring condition such as osteoarthritis. It may provide you temporary relief and has little reported risks and downsides other than cost, but it is not curative.

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