A. Barber 1, JE. Luger 1, A. Karpf 1 , Kh. Salame 2 , B. Shlomi 3, G. Kogan 3, M. Nissan 4, M. Alon 5, and S. Rochkind 2,6.
1Foot & Ankle Unit, Departments of Orthopedic Surgery “B”, Departments of 2Neurosurgery, 3Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and 5Rehabilitation, 6Division of Peripheral Nerve Reconstruction, Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Tel Aviv University; 4Ben Gurion University, Israel.
The Journal of Laser Therapy. Vol.13. World Association of Laser Therapy. 2000.
During the last decade, it was discovered that low-power laser irradiation has stimulatory effects on bone cell proliferation and gene expression. The purposes of this review are to analyze the effects of low- power laser irradiation on bone cells and bone fracture repair, to examine what has been done so far, and to explore the additional works needed in this area. The studies reviewed show how laser therapy can be used to enhance bone repair at cell and tissue levels. As noted by researchers, laser properties, the combinations of wavelength and energy dose need to be carefully chosen so as to yield bone stimulation.