A New Perspective Regarding Laser Therapy
Fred Kahn, MD, FRCS(C)
In April of this year, prior to the beginning of our International Conference in Toronto, I had the rare opportunity to meet for several hours with Tiina Karu, Mary Dyson, Shimon Rochkind, Chukuka Enwemeka and several other leading authorities involved in the field of laser technology. Whereas their interests encompass basic research, pathology, tissue response mechanisms and clinical application, their collective knowledge covers the entire field of Low Intensity Laser Therapy. At the conclusion of this unusual discussion, Dr. Karu coined the phrase that “we have learned to speak to the cells” and now “we must learn to understand the language of the cells”. This is a most prophetic and profound comment and should guide the activities of those involved in the advancement of laser therapy.
At Meditech, we understand the reality that we do not manage pain but rather that we cure the pathology. Unlike pharmaceuticals and other conventional therapies, we do not modulate symptoms but in the process of curing the pathology, as logic would dictate, the symptoms disappear. The analogy would be that when you put out the fire, there is no more smoke. At the risk of sounding repetitious and in a world where pain management conferences occur on a national and international basis, countless times throughout the year, the above comment is of monumental portent. Pharmaceutical manufacturers relentlessly promote new pain medications. The medical journals are full of treatises and publications discussing the treatment of night pain, breakthrough pain, pain with activity, etc. We recognize only one type of pain; the pain that causes individual suffering. If you look in the dictionary under pain, you will find the following description, “physical suffering or distress, due to injury, illness, etc.” No matter how drug companies attempt to extend their influence in the marketplace, to promote utilization of analgesics products, one cannot get away from the reality of pain, especially those who experience’ it on a continuing basis. Our position is that we do
not acknowledge the term pain management and the need for analgesics, as more effective solutions are available. We have advanced from those outmoded conventional approaches.