This article reports clinical experiences and views concerning low-level laser therapy (LLLT) in Flanders, based on a postal survey among physical therapists.
The purpose of this study was to gain an insight in the clinical practice of laser therapy-and to find out what specific clinical research is needed in that respect.
The ranking of LLLT among other physiotherapeutic modes of treatment revealed it to be in first place for treating wounds (92.8%) and edema (36.6%). Wounds and tendinitis seem to be the indications in which LLLT is most efficient.
Yet, rather surprising and alarming answers were given concerning contraindications.
Analysis also revealed that more than 90% of those receiving LLLT were prejudiced in favour of the therapy.
The obtained results were compared with analogue data from Northern Ireland, which seemed to match quite well.
This survey revealed the specific needs for mandatory research in daily practice, but also several inaccuracies, and essential gaps in instruction of this mode of treatment.
Mots-clés Pascal : Irradiation laser, Traitement, Technique, Epidémiologie, Modalité traitement, Indication, Contreindication, Efficacité traitement, Homme, Physiothérapie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Laser irradiation, Treatment, Technique, Epidemiology, Application method, Indication, Counter indication, Treatment efficiency, Human, Physiotherapy
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0541817
Code Inist : 002B26H. Création : 24/03/1998.