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8 March 1995 Semiconductor lasers in rheumatological treatment
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Proceedings Volume 2461, ROMOPTO '94: Fourth Conference in Optics; (1995)
Event: ROMOPTO '94: 4th Conference on Optics, 1994, Bucharest, Romania
A computer controlled equipment, containing 6 lasers (HeNe and 5 diode lasers--DL) conceived to be used in rheumatological treatment is reported. DL emit at 895 nm and for typical applications, their expanded spots are superposed within the irradiation plane, on the HeNE defocused spot used to define the surface to be irradiated. DL emit 100 nsec pulses between 0.5 KHz and 1.5 KHz repetition rate and 0.5 mW average power (measured at 1 KHz). 150 patients with rheumathologic diseases were treated: lumbar spondylosis (75), gonarthrosis (30), cervical spondylosis (21), coxarthrosis (15), Heberden and Bouchard (9). The treatment consisted of: group I, 50 patients--laser therapy, 10 min/day, 10 days; group II, 50 patients--classical antirheumatic treatment; group III, 50 patients--mixed treatment. Assessment of sympathetic skin activity made using reactometry measurements, shows that latency time was longer before irradiation, 1867 +/- 289) msec then after, (1234 +/- 321) msec. Pain rating indexes decreasing for all three groups of patients were measured. Better results for more superficial diseases were obtained and best results were observed after irradiation with 1 KHz - 1.5 KHz repetition rate IR pulses. Better results were obtained when spot irradiation in a few points combined with zone irradiations was used.
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Mihail-Lucian Pascu, S. Suteanu, P. Ignat, Simion Pruna, and A. Chitu "Semiconductor lasers in rheumatological treatment", Proc. SPIE 2461, ROMOPTO '94: Fourth Conference in Optics, (8 March 1995);

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