Arthritis is a very common condition in Australia, affecting people of all ages. The symptoms of arthritis make simple everyday activities difficult. Usually arthritis sufferers are on a cocktail of medications to ease the inflammation and pain in their joints. Medical advancements of the 21st Century for arthritis include innovative medical laser therapy. Border Medical Laser & Aesthetics focuses on the gold standard laser therapies for medical conditions including arthritis.
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint condition where there is a breakdown of cartilage in the associated joint. The cartilage is like a cushion at the end of the two bones that meet at a joint. The cartilage absorbs shock and allows ease of movement. When this cartilage degenerates, becoming brittle and even breaking off, it will lead to joint stiffness and pain which can range from mild to quite severe. The hands, knees, back and hips are usually the most commonly affected areas.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease in which the body’s own immune system attacks its own healthy tissues, leading to inflammation. This inflammatory process causes pain, heat and swelling of the affected joints. Pain, stiffness in the morning, persistent fatigue, weak muscles and difficulties sleeping due to the pain are the most common symptoms.
Anti-inflammatory drugs are used to help control the symptoms, especially the pain associated with arthritis [Ibuprofen, Diclofenac]. Other medications include Acetaminophen and Celebrex, but their side effects, especially with long-term use, are worrying. Such side effects can include gastrointestinal bleeding, heart attacks and gastric irritation.
The Medical Power of Light
A process called Photobiostimulation allows your cells in your arthritic joint to repair, regenerate at a cellular level and reverse the damage caused by arthritis
Safe & Pain-Free
There are no adverse side effects with laser therapy and arthritis. It is completely safe. There is a warming sensation to the region which is the warmth of the laser heating up the joint. There is no damage to the skin, no medication involved, no needles and no down time.
Cure or Management?
There is no cure for arthritis, unfortunately. Laser therapy is providing you with a safe, effective and drug-free alternative to manage your arthritis. A well-managed arthritis condition can help you enjoy the simple things in life again without pain restricting you on a daily basis. Every person’s case of arthritis is individual, and with this, their management will be different, requiring fewer or more intense laser sessions.
Consultation with Our Medical Team
Before you begin treatment, you will need a consultation with our laser technician, who is an experienced nurse. Your procedure will be discussed, and you will be free to ask any questions. We will view your medical history and medications to ensure laser therapy is ideal for you. Some medications are sensitive to the laser light, and if they can be withheld for a short period, then laser therapy can commence.
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