Table 1

Randomised LLLT-trials excluded for not meeting trial design criteria for diagnosis, blinding or specific endpoints.

Study by first author

Year

Method score

Laser wavelength

Application technique

Result

Reason for exclusion


Mulcahy [40]

1995

5

904

Not stated

No significant differences between active and placebo LLLT

Does not satisfy control group criterion: Lacks sufficient patient numbers in placebo control group as only 3 patients had tendinopathy

Simunovic [41]

1998

3

830

Tendon + Trigger Points

LLLT significantly better than placebo

Does not satisfy criterion for specific endpoint and standard number of treatments: Only bilateral conditions were given placebo treatment, but data for this group were not presented

Vasseljen [42]

1992

5

904

Tendon

Traditional physiotherapy significantly better than LLLT

Does not satisfy blinding criterion: Neither therapist, patients or observers were blinded in the traditional physiotherapy group


Trial characteristics by first author, method score, laser wavelength in nanometer, laser application technique, trial results and reason for exclusion.

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