Arthritis of the Hands and Laser
I need my hands!
The pain and morning stiffness makes it hard to get dressed, make breakfast and enjoy the beginning of the new day.
There are many types of Arthritis and over 50 million people in the US have some form of Arthritis.
Osteo-Arthritis is the type of arthritis that is a degeneration of the cartilage in the joints. This leads to chronic inflammation, swelling and pain. The body tries to fill the gaps in the cartilage with bone, that is why there can be nodules on the fingers. Pain and stiffness first thing in the morning is the most common symptom of this type of Arthritis.
Osteo-Arthrits of the hands commonly involves the small joints of the fingers and the wrist.
The pain usually improves within a few minutes to an hour of starting activity in the morning or after periods of rest during the day.
With arthritis in the hands, or anywhere in the body, it is extremely important to balance activity with periods of rest, because without movement the metabolism in the joint slows and the waste products from chronic inflammation accumulate in the joint and are increase your pain. This is why mornings are usually worst in regards to the pain and stiffness.
Laser Therapy offers pain reduction
Laser Therapy helps to stimulate the exchange of nutrients and waste products. With better nutrition to the cartilage the mitochondria can produce more energy and cell growth and renewal of cartilage is possible.
Laser therapy uses red and infrared light to relieve the pain, accelerate healing and decrease inflammation. When the light source is placed on the hands, the photons penetrate deep into the painful areas and get absorbed by the mitochondria, the energy producing part of the cell. This energy fuels many positive physiological responses resulting in the restoration of normal cell morphology and function.
- Stimulates Healing and Repair of Tissue
- Increases Tissue Strength
- Reduces Pain
- Reduces Swelling/Inflammation
- Promotes faster healing
- Stimulates nerve function
We have seen great results in the decrease of pain and even stopping further degeneration in many cases with Laser Therapy, together with some nutritional supplements, and ergonomic change in the daily tasks.
Arthritis is a chronic degenerative process, protect your hands from further damage and call us to find out more about Laser therapy, we are here to help and answer your questions.