Osteoarthritis (OA) is a type of joint disease that causes the joints to become painful and stiff. It is the most common form of arthritis. Usually developing gradually over time, it affects different joints, but it is commonly seen in the knees, hands, feet, hips and spine. For some people with the condition, the pain and stiffness prevents them from carrying out everyday life. People over the age of 45 years are mostly at risk, but it can occur in younger people as well.
Low level laser therapy – offering relief from Osteoarthritis
Low level laser therapy – also known as cold laser – a medical grade, painless therapeutic laser used as an effective treatment to reduce inflammation, restore healthy tissue and reduce pain.
The powerful anti-inflammatory and pain relieving effects of LLLT help to improve the quality of life in patients suffering from the pain of osteoarthritis.
A ground-breaking therapy for relieving the pain associated with muscle spasms, a series of treatments is usually recommended to achieve the best results.
Safe and very effective in treating pain, low level laser helps you get back in action, faster.
Benefits of low level laser therapy as a treatment for Osteoarthritis:
- Clinically proven results
- Reduces the need for medication
- Helps to restore the normal range of motion
- Suitable for all ages
- Treatment is painless
- Relieves pain while promoting natural healing
What causes osteoarthritis?
OA develops as cartilage that cushions the ends of bones in the body becomes brittle, which leads to degeneration in the joint. Cartilage is a slippery and firm tissue that allows joints to work without friction. Although there is no known cause for osteoarthritis, it can develop at any age. However, it is more common in older people and women. Chances of developing OA can be influenced by a number of factors, such as age and weight. Other causes include:
- Joint injury
- Abnormal limb or joint development
- Being overweight
- Old age
- Inherited factors
- Stresses in the joints from certain jobs or playing sports
Symptoms of Osteoarthritis
Pain in the joints is the main symptom of osteoarthritis, which causes loss of movement and stiffness. Pain can be a sharp ache or a burning sensation in the connected muscles and tendons. Pain tends to get worse with prolonged activity. A crackling noise (crepitus) in the joint may be caused by osteoarthritis. It occurs when the affected joint is moved and the patient experiences muscle spasms and contractions in the tendons.
- Stiffness. It is most noticeable when waking up in the morning or after staying inactive for some time
- Pain. Joints hurt during or after activity
- Tenderness. When applying light pressure, the joints may feel tender
- Muscle weakness. Muscles in the arms and legs may feel very weak
- Grating sensation. A grating sensation can be felt or heard while using the joints
- Flexibility loss. Joints may not be flexible over the full range of motion
How is osteoarthritis treated?
At present, osteoarthritis cannot be cured. However a patient can manage his or her osteoarthritis symptoms through changes to lifestyle, physical activity, therapies, medications, and surgery. One effective way to improve the condition is through regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight. There are four primary goals of osteoarthritis treatment:
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Enhance joint function
- Follow a healthy lifestyle
- Manage pain
Treatment plans for osteoarthritis may include:
- Physical therapies such as physiotherapy
- Cortisone injections
Low level laser therapy is an effective, drug-free, painless alternative to traditional treatments for Osteoarthritis
Used on its own or in combination with traditional treatments under the guidance of a GP, cold laser can be effective in reducing or eliminating pain.
Instant or long-lasting relief cannot be guaranteed as results vary for each patient due to age, health condition, type of injury, lifestyle and concurrent treatments, however clinical evidence and our patients’ experiences indicate low level laser to be a worthwhile and effective treatment option.