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My mom has a ruptured disk and chronic back andd neck pain, does laser pain therapy work to help pain?
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Dr. Karl Haake
Anesthesiology
5 doctors agree
In brief: Treat back pain
Laser therapy can help, but it is often best to use to take a step wise approach to treating ruptured discs.
First, try conservative treatments like Ibuprofen and back/neck stretching. If that does not help, often an epidural steroid injection will relieve the discomfort. There are other minimally invasive options. Most important, if your mom smokes, she should stop. Smoking makes pain worse.

In brief: Treat back pain
Laser therapy can help, but it is often best to use to take a step wise approach to treating ruptured discs.
First, try conservative treatments like Ibuprofen and back/neck stretching. If that does not help, often an epidural steroid injection will relieve the discomfort. There are other minimally invasive options. Most important, if your mom smokes, she should stop. Smoking makes pain worse.
Dr. Karl Haake
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Dr. Shannon McCanna
The number one thing I tell my spine patients who smoke is that they must stop. The carginogens in tobacco smoke causes the gel-like substance between your vertebrae to deteriorate. After surgery, a patient who continues to smoke will have a much slower recovery time and a higher risk that the surgery will not be successful (for example, bone growth needed after a fusion is inhibited by smoking).
Dr. Bettina Herbert
Ruptured discs occur from trauma, disease or long term misalignment (often a result of cumulative small traumas &/or posture). Try getting better alignment via gentle manipulation from osteopathic physician (AAO or Cranial Academy are sources), physical therapy incl core strengthening. Frequency specific microcurrent has also been helpful as has gentle yoga, tai chi and Feldenkrais
Dr. Peter Zimmerman
Pain Management
In brief: No
There is no good evidence that "laser pain therapy" provides any greater relief than a placebo.

In brief: No
There is no good evidence that "laser pain therapy" provides any greater relief than a placebo.
Dr. Peter Zimmerman
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