Green LED Light Therapy Shows Potential to Treat Chronic Pain

Green LED Light Therapy Shows Potential to Treat Chronic Pain
Green LED (light-emitting diodes) therapy may represent a novel, nondrug strategy for managing pain, with important implications for patients with fibromyalgia. The study with the findings, titled “Long-lasting antinociceptive effects of green light in acute and chronic pain in rats,” was published in the journal Pain. Chronic pain refers to pain that typically lasts for more than three months or past the time of normal tissue healing, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Chronic pain can be the result of an underlying medical disease or condition, injury, medical treatment, inflammation, or an unknown cause. The prevalence of chronic pain varies, but according to CDC estimates, 14.6 percent of adults in the United States have current widespread or localized pain lasting at least three months. Treatments for chronic pain are inadequate, and new options are needed. Nonpharmaceutical approaches are especially attractive with many potential advantages, including safety. "Chronic pain is a serious issue afflicting millions of people of all ages," Mohab Ibrahim, the study's first author and assistant professor of anesthesiology and pharmacology at the University of Arizona (UA), said in a news release. "Pain physicians are trained to manage chronic pain in several ways, including medication and inter
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