Arthritis is a common condition that affects people from all walks of life, not only the elderly. It’s estimated that 21.3% of US adults over the age of 18 have been diagnosed with arthritis. Joint pain is the most well-known symptom of arthritis, and the pain can be quite debilitating, preventing people from participating in activities they previously enjoyed. Fortunately, there are many non-surgical pain relief options that can help people manage the condition.
Arthritis Pain Relief Options
People who are living with arthritis have several options when it comes to managing their pain, including anti-inflammatory medications, lifestyle changes such as exercise and weight loss, steroid injections and, as a last resort, surgical interventions. Surgery is something many active people prefer to avoid because it carries some risks and also requires a period of rest and healing time. Laser therapies are a relatively new treatment option that has been found to offer relief for arthritis for some individuals, and other non-invasive treatments also offer the potential for effective, fast-acting and long-lasting pain relief.
How Class IV Laser Therapy Can Help With Arthritis
Class IV Laser Therapy uses red and near-infrared light to promote healing and offer pain relief. The light from the lasers penetrates deep into the tissues and can have several beneficial effects, including:
- Reduced inflammation
- Reduced swelling
- Improved blood flow
- Reduced pain
This treatment can be an effective long-term option because it is non-invasive and it does not rely on medication that the body may build-up a tolerance to. Rather, it supports the body’s own healing mechanisms to help make the joints more flexible and reduce any inflammation and swelling. Some of the benefits are felt immediately, and those who engage in gentle exercise following the treatment may experience lasting benefits as the improved blood flow helps keep swelling low and the joints mobile.
Think Long-Term When Tackling Arthritis
Arthritis can vary in severity and can have many different causes. Depending on your age and the extent of the pain you’re experiencing, it’s often possible to reduce the symptoms significantly. Your arthritis may not limit your daily activities.
It’s a good idea to try to exercise as much as possible and maintain a healthy weight. Doing non-load-bearing exercises such as swimming, or gentle exercise such as walking in good shoes is beneficial for your cardiovascular health and can also help alleviate the pain of arthritis. If your pain is preventing you from being able to engage in light exercise, you may wish to consider other treatment options. In addition to Class IV Laser Therapies, we offer KneeVisc 5®, a non-surgical treatment for knee pain that uses visco supplementation to lubricate knee joints, increasing their mobility and reducing inflammation.
Seeking an expert opinion is always encouraged if you are wondering if Class IV Laser Therapy is right for you. Contact us today to learn more about these innovative new treatments and schedule a consultation.