Dr. David DeFries

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Laser News: Traumatic Brain Injury

"Treatments for traumatic brain injury (TBI) with emphasis on transcranial near-infrared laser phototherapy" is a study which was performed in August which is part of an exciting breakthrough in High Power Laser Therapy. The first phase of the project was "Near-infrared photonic energy penetration: can infrared phototherapy effectively reach the human brain?" which examined the depth of penetration of various lasers and found that high power class IV lasers can penetrate through bone. The second phase applied the laser to subjects who had suffered brain traumas and had symptoms including: headaches, sleep disturbances, cognition, mood dysregulation, anxiety, and irritability. They found that by using a laser in the power range of 10–15 W at 810 nm and 980 nm can safely and effectively treat chronic symptoms of TBI. They noted appreciable improvements in the test subjects over the course of the study.

I am excited about this research not only because I use this type of laser in my office but also due to my history of having a TBI myself when I was 19.
I have struggled with many of the symptoms addressed in the study so I am both personally and professionally intrigued by the potential benefits of laser therapy in treating brain injuries.

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