With the development of new technologies and increasing demand for minimally invasive procedures, the use of lasers in medicine is expected to become more prevalent. Here are seven trends that could play out over the next 20 years in the field of low-level lasers.
- Increasing use for pain management: Given the ongoing opioid epidemic in America and the desire to avoid overuse of pain medication, LLLT is likely to become more widely used for pain management, particularly for musculoskeletal pain.
- Expansion for neurodegenerative disorders: As research continues, LLLT may be increasingly applied to the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.
- More widespread for aesthetic purposes: While LLLT has been used for non-invasive fat loss for some time, research may continue to show its effectiveness in this area and expand its use to other aesthetic treatments.
- Use for metabolic disorders: Research may show that LLLT can have positive effects on metabolic markers such as cholesterol and A1C, and could potentially help with conditions like diabetic peripheral neuropathy.