Abstract

Purpose: We aimed to evaluate the therapeutic effects of near-infrared radiation on patients with chronic neck pain using various subjective and objective outcome measures. Methods: Thirty participants with chronic neck pain between 20 years and 65 years of age were divided into two groups. Participants in Group A received near-infrared therapy every day for 1 week and no intervention in the following week. Group B participants received no intervention during the 1st week and near-infrared therapy every day in the following week. Quantitative measures of visual analog scale (VAS), pressure pain threshold (PPT), muscle stiffness, and skin-surface temperature were obtained using specific equipment. Results: Both groups showed significant increases in VAS scores after receiving near-infrared therapy. In most of the sampled muscles, PPT values also increased after receiving near-infrared therapy in both groups. All other outcome measures collected prior to and after therapy displayed nonsignificant differences. Conclusion: Results from this pilot study indicate that near-infrared therapy reduces pain and partially increases PPT. Further investigation of the long-term effects of near-infrared therapy on a larger population is warranted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-135
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Experimental and Clinical Medicine(Taiwan)
Volume5
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013

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Neck Pain
Therapeutic Uses
Chronic Pain
Radiation
Pain Threshold
Visual Analog Scale
Pressure
Therapeutics
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
Skin Temperature
Myalgia
Pain
Equipment and Supplies
Muscles
Population

Keywords

  • Chronic neck pain
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Near infrared
  • Pressure pain threshold
  • Visual analog scale

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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Therapeutic effects of near-infrared radiation on chronic neck pain. / Chen, Shih Ching; Lin, Su Hsien; Lai, Ming Jun; Peng, Chih Wei; Lai, Chien Hung.

In: Journal of Experimental and Clinical Medicine(Taiwan), Vol. 5, No. 4, 08.2013, p. 131-135.

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