by David Rindge. All rights reserved.
Acute pain inadequately treated frequently becomes chronic. Chronic pain is the leading cause of disability. A growing body of science and clinical experience suggests that low intensity laser, led and bio-electromagnetic therapies applied at the outset, could prevent many, perhaps most, acute conditions from becoming chronic. If true, what might be the health and financial benefits for all Americans and the economy if these treatments were broadly implemented, widely available and reimbursed by insurance?
To see what researchers have reported about the effects of low intensity laser, led and bio-electromagnetic therapies to improve the underlying pathology in the #1 and #2 causes of disability, click on:
- Laser Therapy Research in Arthritis/Osteoarthritis
- Laser Therapy Research in Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Laser Therapy Research in Back Pain
- Bioelectromagnetic Therapy Research in Arthritis/Osteoarthritis
- Bioelectromagnetic Therapy Research in Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Bioelectromagnetic Therapy Research in Back Pain
Chronic Pain is the Leading Cause of Disability
Chronic pain affects more than one out of three U.S. citizens (>100 million). Direct costs have been estimated at $100 billion. Yet though over the counter and prescription pain relievers are expensive, these costs, missed work days and the like are trivial compared to the hidden financial burden, pain and suffering born by individuals and society.
Taking care of the disabled is enormously expensive. How expensive? Nobody seems to know exactly. Besides their enormous cost, current methods may do little to address the underlying causes. How much has the high cost of current health care methods contributed to America’s economic tailspin?
Can we do better?
The best possible treatments for pain would address underlying causes, be safe and affordable. Low intensity laser, led and bio-electromagnetic therapy have been documented to heal tissue, promote healthy function and to improve the underlying pathology in the #1 and #2 causes of disability. Therapies documented to heal damaged tissue and improve physiological function are also likely to have an endpoint. As such, they hold great promise to improve the way we care for one another – while also lowering costs. In contrast, “managing” chronic pain endlessly with prescription or over the counter medications is hugely expensive and may do little to address the underlying disease process or to improve health.
How much pain, suffering and money might be spared with the implementation of laser, led and bioelectromagnetic therapies as first line treatments for pain?
 Bjordal JM, Couppe C, Chow RT, Tuner J, Ljunggren EA, A Systematic Review of Low Level Laser Therapy with Location-Specific Doses for Pain from Chronic Joint Disorders, J Physiother. 2003;49(2):107-16.
[i] From http://www.allbusiness.com/labor-employment/compensation-benefits-wages-salaries/12503910-1.html, True cost of disability is staggering. Colorado Springs Business Journal. June 5, 2009
Copyright 2011 by David Rindge. All rights reserved.