A recent study was completed to assess the degree of pain relief obtained by applying infrared (IR) energy to the low back in patients with intractable low back pain.
Forty patients with low back pain were recruited from patients attending the Rothbart Pain Management Clinic, North York, Ontario. They came from the patient lists of three physicians at the clinic, and were randomly assigned to IR therapy or placebo treatment.
The study showed, on average, pain levels in the treatment group fell from 6.9 of 10 at the beginning of the study, to 3 of 10 at the end of the study.
The final conclusion, Infrared Therapy Unit use was demonstrated to be effective in reducing low back pain, and no adverse effects were observed.
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