Photobiomodulation Therapy: Laser Therapy For Pain Management – A New Paradigm

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Photobiomodulation Therapy: Laser Therapy For Pain Management – A New Paradigm

August 9, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Presenter(s): Roberta Chow, MBBS, FRACGP, FAMAC, PhD Grad Cert Pain Management (USyd)

Recording and PPT slides coming soon!

Target audience: Healthcare providers who manage patients with acute and chronic pain; Individuals interested in learning more about alternatives to opioids for patients with moderate to severe pain

About the webinar: Photobiomodulation Therapy (PBMT) is the use of light, either LED or laser, of different wavelengths to initiate multiple physiological effects, which can modulate pain. There are over 3,000 published studies examining the mechanisms for the pain relieving effects of light. In the somatosensory nervous system laser applied transcutaneously acts to block action potentials and to reduce fast axonal flow acting selectively on Aδ and C fibres. Laser also acts on the inflammatory cascade to reduce PGE2 and other inflammatory cytokines. In some animal studies anti-inflammatory effects of laser are equivalent to drugs such as Diclofenac. Laser can stimulate the lymphatic system to reduce oedema relevant in acute injury, including post-operatively and also in chronic lymphoedema. Laser and LED initiate tissue repair in acute and chronic injury models by stimulating activity in macrophages, neutrophils, fibroblasts and other cells leading to optimal tissue recovery. Painful trigger points and muscle spasm are also modulated by light. Each of these mechanisms has direct effects on modifying clinical pain, predominantly nociceptive, but also neuropathic pain. The potential of photobiomodulation to reduce pain and limit the need for opioid medication opens a new field of photomedicine in pain management for office based practice as well as hospital-based care.

Educational objectives:

  • Describe the most important characteristics of light as medicine
  • Summarize the effect of light in the somatosensory nervous system most relevant to pain relief
  • Describe the broad range of tissue effects initiated by light which modulate pain
  • Evaluate the experimental and clinical evidence base for application in clinical practice
  • Identify patients most likely to respond to PBMT

Accreditation and designation:

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) and the Southeastern Consortium for Substance Abuse Training (SECSAT). AAAP is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AAAP designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 (one) AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


August 9, 2017
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Roberta Chow, MBBS, FRACGP, FAMAC, PhD Grad Cert Pain Management (USyd)
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