Contraindications to Laser Therapy

Contraindications and precautionary measures

Low-frequency laser therapy is a very low-risk method of treatment. However, since it is relatively recent - its use only spread in the 80s of the past century - and few long-term studies exist for this reason, the literature repeatedly recommends that for safety reasons, treatment should not be carried out under special circumstances. According to Dr. Bringmann, these include:

Absolute contraindications

  • Strongly heightened photosensitivity, light dermatosis
  • Chronic skin illnesses in their acute stage
  • Skin damage through UV light
  • After and during therapy with cytostatic, immune-suppressants, high doses of corticosteroids (except creams/ointments) and arsenic-containing medications (heightened photo allergic readiness to react)
  • Pre-cancer and malignant tumors
  • Open fontanelle and epiphyseal cartilage of the long hollow bones in childhood and early youth
  • Untreated epilepsy
  • Decompensated heart insuf?ciency
  • Acute feverish infection
  • Pregnancy
  • Thrombosis and thrombophlebitis
  • Irradiation of the eye directly and in the area of the orbital rim

Relative contraindications

The relative contraindications refer to conditions in which only certain areas of the body should be exempted from treatment or which would be very likely to render laser therapy ineffective.

  • Pacemaker patients (thorax)
  • Therapeutically adjusted epilepsy (head area)
  • Heart rhythm disturbances and coronary insufficiency with organic origins (thorax)
  • Hyperthyroidism (throat and neck area))
  • Dysmenorrhea (lower abdomen, lumbar region)
  • In?ammations of the subcutaneous tissues (e.g. erysipelas) over large areas
  • Fresh post-traumatic hematomas over large areas in the acute phase (laser therapy only after acute treatment with compression bandage and cryo treatment, approx. 6-8 hours later)
  • Endocrine organs