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"Our earliest research revealed and later clinical studies confirmed that high immediate and short-term pain reliefs are extremely important for good outcome of the entire course of treatment. "
Dr. Norman Salansky, PhD
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Chronic Low Back Pain
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Low Energy Photonic & Laser Therapy LEP2000 Resulted
in Substantial Immediate, Short-Term, and Midterm Pain Relief
in Patients with Severe Chronic Low Back Pain

The main goal of this clinical trial was to verify the efficacy of Low Energy Photonic and Laser Therapy (LEPT), Doctors Salansky Protocol, for chronic low back pain using LEP2000 Photonic and Laser Therapy System. Specific goals of this trial were to evaluate immediate (after 1, 3, and 5 treatments), short-term (2-20 weeks), and midterm (6 months) pain relief, sleep quality, and medication intake. Additional goal of the study was also to address a practical question, “How many LEPT treatments on average are required to achieve sustainable mid-term pain relief?”

116 patients, 52 males, 64 females (mean age 63.5), suffering from chronic low back pain (mean duration 8.9 years) entered the study. All patients received LEPT, Doctors Salansky Protocol, using Photonic Therapy System LEP2000, LED modules (wavelengths 660nm, 880nm, and 940nm), and Laser Module LD100. There were the following three groups in the study: Group 1 (34 patients) received 1-4 treatments (mean 2.7); Group 2 (42 patients) received 5-9 treatments (mean 6.7); and Group 3 (40 patients) received 10-42 treatments (mean 17). There were no baseline statistically significant differences between groups for the variables: age, gender, pain rating, pain duration, medication use, and wake up times.

The following outcome measures were taken: 10 cm pain VAS (0-10) before and after each treatment and the highest weekly VAS pain level; pain medication intake – total amount of painkiller pills per patient per day; and the number of times the patient wakes up at night because of pain. All outcome measures were taken at baseline, after the course of LEPT treatments, and at 6 months follow up.
  • Statistically significant (p<0.001) substantial immediate pain relief was observed after 1st (by VAS 2.5, 35%), 3d (by VAS 1.9, 34%) and after 5th (by VAS 1.2, 25%) treatments (Fig. 1);
  • Overall, statistically significant (p<0.001) substantial (by VAS 3.5, 49.6%) pain relief was achieved only after 5 LEP2000 treatments (Fig.1).
Laser Therapy and Chronic Low Back Pain

Photonic & Laser Therapy LEP2000 Resulted
in Substantial Short-Term Pain Relief
in Patients with Severe Chronic Low Back Pain

  • Statistically significant (p<0.001) substantial short-term (at the last treatment at 2-20 weeks) pain relief was achieved in all three groups that received different amounts of treatments (Fig. 2). Laser Therapy and Chronic Low Back Pain
  • At the last treatment, it was observed significant pain relief by VAS 4.1 (59.7%) in a group of patients that received maximum amount of treatments (mean 16.9, range 9-42). Similar pain relief by VAS 4.1 (58.6%) was observed in a group that received 5-9 treatments (mean 6.7 treatments).
  • In a group of patients that received only 1-4 treatments it was observed pain relief by VAS 2.9 (40.2%).
  • In all three groups patients slept better as a result of LEPT treatments (Fig. 4). The best sleep improvement by 72% (from 3.9 to 1.1 awakenings per night) was observed in the group of patients that received maximum amount of treatments (p<0.001).
  • In addition, in all 3 groups patients reduced their pain medication intake (Fig. 5). Maximum reduction of pain medication (by 43%) was observed in 2 groups that received 5-9 treatments and 10-42 treatments (p<0.001).

Photonic & Laser Therapy LEP2000 Resulted
in Substantial Midterm Pain Relief
in Patients with Severe Chronic Low Back Pain

  • Substantial midterm (at 6 months follow up) relief of the highest weekly pain (by VAS 4.5, 49.7%, p<0.001) was observed in the group that received the highest amount of treatments (mean 16.9, range 9-42, Fig. 3). Laser Therapy and Chronic Low Back Pain
  • Moderate but statistically significant (p<0.001) midterm relief of the highest weekly pain (by VAS 2.7, 28.9%) was observed in a group of patients that received only 5-9 (mean 6.7) treatments (Fig.3).
  • At midterm follow up, patients that received 10-42 treatments preserved (p<0.001) their better sleep at night (only 0.77 mean awakenings at night). At the same midterm follow up, the group that received 5-9 treatments still slept better as compared to the baseline, however the improvement in sleep was lesser (2.16 awakenings at night) than in the group that received maximum amount of treatments.
  • At midterm follow up, patients that received 10-42 treatments preserved (p<0.02) their reduction in medication intake (only 0.67 pills per day). At the same midterm follow up, the group that received 5-9 treatments still reduced (p<0.02) their pain medication intake as compared to the baseline, however this improvement was lesser (1.38 pills per day) than in the group that received maximum amount of treatments.
  • There was no statistically significant midterm pain relief, sleep improvement or medication intake reduction in the group that received only 1-4 treatments (Fig. 3-5).
Laser Therapy and Chronic Low Back Pain
Laser Therapy and Chronic Low Back Pain
In conclusion, this clinical trial suggests that Low Energy Photonic and Laser Therapy, Doctors Salansky Protocol, is effective for immediate, short=term and midterm pain relief and sleep improvement in patients with severe chronic low back pain. This study revealed that for good follow-up results a course of 10-42 LEPT treatments (mean 17 treatments) is recommended.

H. Tick, A. Chaiton, N. Salansky, G. Gorokhova , Y Sapilo, N. Salansky. Manuscript in preparation for publication.

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