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Do you suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease which causes the immune system to attack the body. The resulting chronic inflammation causes pain and joint damage. Unfortunately, there is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis.

There are various treatment options for lessening the pain of rheumatoid arthritis including medication and physical therapies. Low level laser therapy is an alternative, offering the stimulation of natural healing, restoration of function and a significant reduction of pain in many cases.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment with Cold Laser Therapy

Low level laser therapy – also known as LLLT or cold laser – is a medical grade, painless therapeutic laser used as an effective treatment to relieve pain.

The powerful anti-inflammatory effect of LLLT helps to provide pain relief by reducing swelling and inflammation. LLLT encourages injured cells and tissues to repair, helping to regain normal function. As the underlying problem is treated, restoration of function and longer lasting pain relief is possible.

Not only can low level laser reduce inflammation, it tends to work well in combination other treatment modalities.

A ground-breaking therapy for relieving the pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis, cold laser has the ability to offer both short term and long term pain relief.

Some pain reduction can usually be felt immediately after treatment and for the best results a series of treatments are recommended.  Treatment may need to continue over a long period of time to maintain pain relief.

– Dr David Bartlett, Practice Principal – Robina Town Medical Centre

Benefits of low level laser therapy as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis:

  • Non-invasive
  • Clinically proven results
  • Non-toxic
  • Reduces the need for medication
  • Helps to restore the normal range of motion
  • Suitable for all ages
  • Treatment is painless
  • Relieves and potentially eliminates pain


What causes Rheumatoid Arthritis?

The purpose of the immune system is to maintain health, but sometimes it malfunctions and attacks the body instead of protecting it. In the case of rheumatoid arthritis, the immune system attacks the lining of the membrane surrounding your joints. This lining then becomes inflamed. It is not known what causes the immune system to malfunction in the first place.

Rheumatoid Arthritis can be caused by following activities:

  • Infection. It is thought that the disease might be triggered by a virus or bacteria.
  • Genetic factors. Some people might inherit the genes which cause them to develop rheumatoid arthritis. It is common in those who have a family history of the disease.
  • Gender. Although gender is not a direct cause, two to three times as many women develop the disorder as men.
  • Lifestyle. Smoking is thought to be a trigger for developing rheumatoid arthritis, as it is more common among smokers than non-smokers.

Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Most rheumatoid arthritis sufferers first notice pain in their fingers and toes. As the disease progresses, the symptoms spread to all their joints on both sides of the body simultaneously. Symptoms can vary in intensity.

The most common symptoms are:

  • Joint pain, inflammation, swelling and stiffness.
  • Fatigue
  • Weight Loss
  • Depression
  • Unexplained fever

How is Rheumatoid Arthritis treated?

The aim of the treatment is to control pain and inflammation and prevent severe joint damage. Treatment methods depend on the duration of the condition and severity of symptoms. Treatments include:

Medication. Anti-inflammatory drugs will be tried initially to reduce pain and inflammation. Steroids are another option to reduce pain, inflammation and joint damage.

Physical Therapy.  A physiotherapist or occupational therapist may be recommended to assist with flexibility and carrying out daily tasks

Surgery.  Damaged joint lining in the knees, hips, elbows, wrists and fingers can be removed. Ruptured tendons can be repaired and joints fused for stability. Joint replacement surgery replaces affected joints with metal and plastic prosthesis.

Alternative Treatments. Fish oil supplements may reduce joint stiffness and pain. Gentle exercises and stretching combined with breathing can help reduce pain.

Low level laser therapy is an effective, drug-free, painless alternative to traditional rhematoid arthritis treatments

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 for rheumatoid arthritis.

Laser Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis – Clinical Evidence

A study on the effect of low level laser therapy in rheumatoid arthritis patients with carpal tunnel syndrome showed significant improvements in pain score and function, suggesting LLLT is an effective treatment to improve hand function and reduce pain.

If you need relief from the pain of rheumatoid arthritis, low level laser therapy may help.  We welcome you to book a session or speak to our laser team for advice.