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Conflicting findings on effectiveness of low level laser therapy for tendinopathy
  1. Daniel Steffens,
  2. Chris G Maher
  1. Centre for Evidence-Based Physiotherapy, The George Institute for Global Health, Sydney, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Daniel Steffens, Centre for Evidence-Based Physiotherapy, The George Institute for Global Health, PO Box M201, Missenden Road, Sydney, NSW 2050, Australia; dsteffens{at}georgeinstitute.org.au

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Background

Low level laser therapy (LLLT) has a long history of use in the management of soft tissue injuries and inflammation. Its effectiveness in the management of tendinopathy is not yet established.

Aim

To establish the effectiveness of LLLT in the treatment of tendinopathy and any effect of LLLT dosage on study outcomes.

Searches and inclusion criteria

Eight key biomedical databases were searched for randomised controlled trials published up to August 2008. Eligible trials had to compare LLLT as a single modality with placebo, no treatment or other treatments, and measure pain or function outcomes. Independent reviewers applied the selection criteria, assessed study quality using the 0–10 PEDro scale, and extracted study …

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