laser paper - Michael medlin 12/13/2010 The many medical...

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Michael medlin 12/13/2010 The many medical uses of lasers Since their first appearance, lasers have found numerous applications in the field of medicine. The first medical applications of lasers date back to 1962, when a ruby laser was used for reattachment of the retina in the eye. Challenging applications require unconventional wavelengths, line widths, energies, and other custom optical characteristics. At close range, a Class 4 beam can cause immediate and irreversible retinal damage because it starts cutting or burning the soft tissue. Different kinds of lasers have different uses when it comes to the field of medicine, the convenience and ease that these gadgets provide are a definite leap when it comes to the advancement of healing, curing and surgical/non-surgical procedures. A common incorrect notion is that basic high power green lasers have the application for healing or treating small cuts. The fact is, if the laser is powerful enough, the only thing it can do is cauterize if not burn it, this actually reduces the possibility of infection but when it burns the area, there could be more harm than good done. Now another wonder in the field of lasers is that infrared laser pointers provide advancement in the treatment of soft tissue injuries like bruises and strains which can be called bio-stimulation. With bio-stimulation, infrared lasers are able to penetrate below the skin and vitalize cells which enhance the process of microcirculation, inflammation, immune response and reduction of pain. I would assume this procedure is very much like ultrasound therapy. There are numerous types of tendinitis that may be treated with the use of low level laser therapy. Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) is a type of phototherapy that is also called cold laser or soft laser therapy. Low level laser therapy uses the effects of low-level laser wavelengths to treat skin and muscle tissue. LLLT can be effective at relieving back pain, neck pain, tendinitis, ulcer wounds and pain caused by other physical injuries. Currently, low level laser therapy is still a fairly recent application of laser technology and many procedures are still in the testing and development phase. The work of scientists in the field of low-laser therapy, however, has brought it increased attention in the mainstream medical
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Michael medlin 12/13/2010 community. It is a non-invasive technique that focuses low-level or low-intensity laser infrared light beams on the injured tendon. Low-level laser therapy for tendinitis differs dramatically from conventional laser surgery that uses hot or high-intensity laser beams to treat cancer or other medical conditions. Laser
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This note was uploaded on 07/10/2011 for the course ECON 101 taught by Professor Tuner during the Spring '11 term at Solano Community College.

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