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Asian Journal of Pain 2015;1(1):6-9.
DOI:    Published online October 30, 2015.
Laser Therapy for Spinal Diseases
Jun Young Kim, Il Sup Kim, Jae Taek Hong, Jae Yeol Kwon, Jae Hoon Sung, Sang Won Lee
Department of Neurosurgery, The Catholic University of Korea, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Suwon, Korea
Correspondence:  Il Sup Kim, Tel: 82-31-249-7196, Fax: 82-31-249-5208, 
Since its introduction in 1980s, laser therapy, a minimally invasive, outpatient-based, effective, and relatively safe procedure for spine disease, has established itself world-wide. Percutaneous laser disc decompression (PLDD) was mainly applied to treat lumbar disc herniation with a satisfactory efficacy. Recently, the laser therapy has been used for various diseases including lumbar spinal stenosis and cervical disc diseases. In this article, the advantages and disadvantages of laser therapy will be discussed. Technical and clinical aspects of current applications for spinal diseases will be also presented. Such applications include percutaneous lumbar disk decompression (PLDD), percutaneous endoscopic laser annuloplasty (PELA), epiduroscopic laser neural decompression (ELND), and laser disc decompression in cervical disc diseases.
Key Words: Laser therapy; Percutaneous lumbar disc decompression; Percutaneous endoscopic laser annuloplasty; Epiduroscopic laser neural decompression.
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