Does laser irradiation effect fracture healing?

Itzhak Otremski, Dror Irga, Samuel Edelstein, Asher Ornoy, Raymond Newman

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Tibial fractures were created in rats. In half the animals the fractures were irradiated with laser and in the other animals sham radiation only. Fracture union was assessed radiologically, histologically and biomechanically. Though histologically laser irradiation was thought to induce a slight delay in fracture union mechanical testing showed no convincing effect of this form of physical therapy. Though there remains a place for treating recalcitrant wounds and stiff joints in association with compound fractures in this way there is no evidence that the strength of the underlying fracture will be enhanced - at least not with the type of laser irradiation evaluated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)146-149
Number of pages4
JournalMedical Laser Application
Issue number3
StatePublished - Nov 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Fracture union
  • Laser irradiation
  • Physiotherapy


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