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Research: Could laser treatment help to fix osteoporosis bone weakening?

A new paper co-authored by Dr Augusto Coppi from the School of Veterinary Medicine depicts promising findings on low-level laser therapy and bone formation in osteoporosis.

Illustration of normal bone density (left) versus osteoporosis (right)

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Osteoporosis is an important public-health problem, particularly in western societies. Much recent research has shed new light on possible causes of the condition, in which bones become weakened and at increased risk of fracture, but a new paper published in the journal Lasers In Medical Science (Springer) reports that low-level laser therapy (LLLT) may prove useful for repairing bones after they have become weakened.

The paper, co-authored by Dr Augusto Coppi from the School of Veterinary Medicine, reports results from using 3D design-based stereology to estimate tissue repair volume, bone density and collagen fibres after different levels of LLLT were applied to weakened bones.

“Stereology is a revolutionary way of sampling and counting particles including cells, bacteria and viruses in 3D.”

Dr Augusto Coppi, School of Veterinary Medicine.

The paper and its findings can be read here.

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