This study tested the effectiveness of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) in preventing and/or treating osteoporotic trabecular bone. Mice were ovariectomized (OVX) to induce osteoporotic bone loss. The tibiae of eight OVX mice were treated for 5 days each week for 2 weeks by LLLT (660 nm, 3 J) using a minimally invasive laser needle system (MILNS) which is designed to minimize loss of laser energy before reaching bone (LASER group). Another eight mice received a sham treatment (SHAM group). Structural parameters of trabecular bone were measured with in vivo micro-computed tomography images before and after laser treatment. After LLLT for 2 weeks, the percentage reduction (%R) was significantly lower in BV/TV (bone volume fraction) and Tb.N (trabecular number, p < 0.05 and p < 0.05) and significant higher in Tb.Sp (trabecular separation) and SMI (structure model index, p < 0.05 and p < 0.05) than in the SHAM group. The %R in BV/TV at sites directly treated by LLLT was significantly lower in the LASER group than the SHAM group (p < 0.05, p < 0.05). These results indicated that LLLT using MILNS may be effective for preventing and/or treating trabecular bone loss and the effect may be site-dependent in the same bone.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.
This research was supported by the Leading Foreign Research Institute Recruitment Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) (2010-00757).
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Biomedical Engineering