Assessment of the Effectiveness of Low-Level Laser Therapy on the Hands of Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00632710|
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : March 11, 2008
Last Update Posted : March 11, 2008
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Rheumatoid Arthritis||Other: phototherapy Other: phototherapy placebo||Not Applicable|
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disease of unknown etiology that basically compromises the joints in a generalized, symmetrical, additive and usually progressive manner. This clinical condition includes pain and altered functionality. Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) has been studied since the 1970s with regard to its therapeutic effects. The literature suggests that it offers analgesic as well as anti-inflammatory benefits.
A number of studies carried out in the laboratory and on animals have shown that LLLT contributes toward the treatment of inflammatory joint disease. However, studies on humans with RA have yielded controversial results. A large part of the authors researched state that further randomized double-blind controlled studies should be carried out to prove the effectiveness of LLLT on RA. Thus, the aim of the present study was to assess the effectiveness of LLLT on the reduction in pain and improvement in function in the hands of patients with RA.
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Actual Enrollment :||82 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Parallel Assignment|
|Masking:||Triple (Participant, Care Provider, Outcomes Assessor)|
|Official Title:||Assessment of the Effectiveness of Low-Level Laser Therapy on the Hands of Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis: a Randomized Double-Blind Controlled Trial|
|Study Start Date :||July 2004|
|Actual Primary Completion Date :||December 2005|
|Actual Study Completion Date :||December 2005|
The laser used was low-level Aluminum Gallium Arsenide (AlGaAs)diodo laser, at a wavelength of 785 nm (infrared), dose of 3 J/cm2, mean power of 70 mW, 3 sec. per point, laser beam of 0,06cm2, BIOSET brand - Indústria de Tecnologia Eletrônica Ltda -Rio Claro, Brazil.
Other Name: soft laser therapy
Placebo Comparator: a
Other: phototherapy placebo
disconnected laser (same device - experimental group)
Other Name: soft laser placebo therapy
- pain [ Time Frame: 2 months ]
- function [ Time Frame: 2 months ]
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00632710
|Federal University of Sao Paulo|
|Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil, 04023-900|
|Principal Investigator:||Sandra M Meireles, Physiother.||Federal University of São Paulo|