Postoperative pain management is an essential component of patient care following tibial fracture surgery. Recent research has shown that laser therapy may be a promising non-pharmacological method for reducing pain and promoting healing in such cases. This article will explore the effectiveness of laser therapy in treating postoperative pain from tibial fracture, highlighting the benefits and the current evidence supporting this approach. For a deeper understanding, we will also provide links to the relevant studies.
Understanding Tibial Fractures and Postoperative PainTibial fractures are common lower extremity injuries that often require surgical intervention. Patients who undergo surgery for these fractures typically experience postoperative pain, which can hinder their recovery and negatively impact their quality of life. Traditional pain management methods, such as medication and physical therapy, may not always be effective or may have undesirable side effects. This has led researchers to explore alternative pain management techniques, including low level laser therapy (LLLT) or photobiomodulation therapy (PBMT).
Laser Therapy: An OverviewLLLT involves exposing the affected area to specific wavelengths of light in the red and near infrared spectrum, which are absorbed by cells and can help promote callus bone formation, soft tissue regeneration, reduce inflammation, and alleviate pain. Laser therapy has been used for decades to treat most musculoskeletal conditions including strains, tendinopathies and sprains.
Benefits of Laser Therapy for Postoperative Pain ManagementLaser therapy offers several advantages over traditional pain management methods, including:
- Non-invasive and drug-free
- No known side effects based on over 1000 randomized control trials
- Accelerates the healing process
- Can be used in conjunction with other treatments