LIGHT BOX TREATMENT: LIFESTYLE to help reduce pain after knee surgeryA light box is a small padded box placed under the knee that provides a gentle pressure.
This helps to minimise discomfort, ease the swelling and relieve pain.
Pain relief is also provided through a massage of the skin.
It is also commonly used to reduce swelling and pain in people with hip surgery, but there is no scientific evidence to support the use of light box therapies for hip surgery.
“Light therapy is a new and exciting therapy for treating the symptoms of hip pain and pain after a knee surgery.
The benefits of light therapy are not fully understood but its being explored in trials,” said Dr John M. Kosty, who heads up the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s Centre for Hip and Ankle Surgery at the University of Sydney.”
This research has shown the effectiveness of light-box therapy in reducing pain after the knee surgery.”
Dr Kosti is part of a group of researchers at the Institute for Clinical and Economic Research, led by Dr Andrew Nott.
They have been exploring the use a light box treatment for patients with hip pain after surgery.
They have recently published their results in the American Journal of Sports Medicine.
In the research, they found the light therapy reduced pain in the knees and hips.
“We have identified a mechanism by which light therapy could be effective for reducing pain in patients with knee osteoarthritis,” Dr Kost said.
“A few other areas of research are also looking at light therapy in the treatment of knee osteitis, including in a treatment of aortic stenosis.”
If we could identify mechanisms that could benefit people with knee pain after orthopedic surgery, we could potentially treat many more patients than we currently do.
“The researchers have previously reported that light box treatments could reduce pain and swelling in patients after knee osteopathy surgery.
The light therapy can also be used to ease the pain in children with arthritis and osteo-arthritis, but they are not currently using it to treat children with hip and ankle osteoopathy.
Dr Kust said light therapy had not been shown to reduce pain or swelling in people who had been prescribed a pain medication.
He said it was not possible to tell if light therapy would be effective in treating hip and knee osteopathies.”
In the absence of clinical trials, we do not know what the optimal doses or duration of light treatment will be in people,” Dr M.
The study involved researchers at Australian National University, The University of Queensland, Curtin University, and the University in Wollongong, Australia.