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1064 Laser Therapy for Arthritis

1064 Laser Therapy for Arthritis

1064 Laser Therapy for Arthritis 1800 758 Ace Health Centre

Illuminating Relief: 1064 Laser Therapy for Arthritis

Arthritis, a condition characterized by joint inflammation, can be a persistent source of pain and discomfort for many individuals. Traditional treatments often involve medications and physical therapy, but a cutting-edge solution is gaining attention – the 1064 laser. This innovative approach, utilizing the Nd:YAG laser at a wavelength of 1064 nanometers, is proving to be a beacon of hope for those seeking effective and non-invasive relief from arthritis symptoms.

The 1064 Laser: A Healing Light

The 1064 laser operates on a wavelength that penetrates deep into tissues, making it particularly suitable for targeting joints affected by arthritis. This laser therapy aims to harness the power of light to stimulate cellular processes and alleviate inflammation associated with arthritis.

How 1064 Laser Therapy for Arthritis Works:

During a 1064 laser therapy session for arthritis, the laser is directed at the affected joint. The energy from the laser is absorbed by the tissues, triggering biochemical changes at the cellular level. This process is believed to have several beneficial effects, including reducing inflammation, promoting blood circulation, and stimulating the production of cellular energy (ATP).

Benefits of 1064 Laser Therapy for Arthritis:

1. **Reduced Inflammation:** The anti-inflammatory effects of the 1064 laser can help alleviate swelling and discomfort associated with arthritis. By modulating inflammatory responses at the cellular level, laser therapy contributes to a reduction in joint inflammation.

2. **Pain Management:** Laser therapy is known for its analgesic effects, providing relief from pain associated with arthritis. It may help in modulating nerve activity and reducing pain signals, leading to improved overall comfort.

3. **Improved Blood Circulation:** The 1064 laser stimulates blood circulation in the treated area, enhancing the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the joint. Improved blood flow is crucial for the healing process and may contribute to the overall well-being of the joint.

4. **Non-Invasive:** Laser therapy offers a non-invasive alternative to traditional arthritis treatments. It eliminates the need for invasive procedures or long recovery periods, making it a convenient option for many patients.

Considerations:

While 1064 laser therapy shows promise in the treatment of arthritis, individual responses may vary. It’s essential to consult with a qualified healthcare professional, preferably a rheumatologist or a specialist in laser therapy, to assess the specific needs of the patient and determine the most suitable treatment plan.

Conclusion:

The 1064 laser is emerging as a transformative tool in the realm of arthritis treatment, offering a non-invasive and effective approach to alleviate symptoms. As research and technology continue to advance, laser therapy stands at the forefront of innovative solutions, illuminating the path to a brighter and more pain-free future for individuals living with arthritis.

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What is arthritis?

Treatment for arthritis

Treatment for arthritis 722 406 Ace Health Centre

Treatment for arthritis

There are many different treatments for arthritis. We run through a few here.

Massage

As stated before massage can be a great way of suppressing pain and stiffness symptoms associated with OA. When arthrits is present the muscles con contract to help protect the joint. This can also increase pain. Relaxing these muscles can help reduce pain and increase mobility in the joint. Unfortunately, this is only short term until the body starts to guard or protect itself again.

Bracing treatment for arthritis

Bracing is a term used for adding support ot the area to reduce movement. As movement can cause pain reducing this help reduce the pain. On the downside, bracing can cause the joint can stiffen as it is not being used as much. This reduced mobility can mean that when it’s not braced it can be more painful. Bracing is good for the short term to help give the joint a break and reduce inflammation but isn’t always the best long-term option.

Custom orthotics

Custom orthotics work extremely well for arthritis. Not just in the feet, but are also very effective for the knees, and hips and can be for the lower back as well. They do this by redistributing pressure, changing ground reaction forces and changing the angles of the legs and feet. They can help reduce movement where needed, open up joint spaces, provide cushioning and more.

Strengthening

Usually, when it comes to people that have OA they are typically older; have had more stress placed on their joints and are also weaker. This means that they will typically need lots of strengthening. We need to target the most important. Physical assessments from physiotherapists allow the best and most specific exercise prescription to occur, thus allowing the most improvements within the shortest period and easy to manage for clients.

Injections

There are many different types of injections available for arthritis. A few include prolotherapy, Synvisc, cortisone, and local anaesthetic. At the clinic, our podiatrists perform local anesthetic injections into arthritis of the big toe and perform mobilisation. This helps free up the joint, increases mobility and breaks down some of the arthritis. This requires a few weekly appointments. Together with orthotics, this is extremely effective in reducing pain and increasing mobility in the joint.

Other treatments may include Surgery, anti-inflammatories, footwear, custom orthotics, mobilisation, heat, pain medication and more

If you are interested in seeing how we can help you contact our clinic today for more information.

What is arthritis?

What is arthritis?

What is arthritis? 722 406 Ace Health Centre

What is arthritis?

Arthritis describes the “wear and tear” joints face throughout their life span. During this process, cartilage get worn away and is replaced with bone to help strengthen the joint. In turn, this causes joint spaces to get too narrow and irritated. There are many types depending on how the wear and tear occurs; either naturally throughout the life span and due to weaknesses or malfunctioning immune responses causing the body to attack its own joints.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the damage to the joint surfaces as a result of physical load (day-to-day activities). This is usually caused when the load out-weights the strength of the surrounding muscles, thus the joint takes the load. What results is thinning/damage of cartilage (protects joint surfaces) and deposits of bone being placed where the thinning occurs over time. This process can take a while but will create permeant joint changes that are irreversible.

Symptoms of arthritis

Symptoms vary depending on the severity and can also come and go depending on life’s demands. Lot of people can even have arthritis underlying and don’t get symptoms until the joints are placed under demand or an injury occurs in a similar area.

This is due to the body becoming hyperaware and protective of arthritis to prevent further wear and tear. Thus the muscle spasms surrounding ‘worn’ joints to prevent further movement and thus limit further “wear and tear”. This means that massage is a very useful technique when it comes to the treatment OA. Relaxing the surrounding muscles will significantly reduce pain in most cases. 

OA most commonly occurs in the shoulders, lower back hips and knees as these joints are usually placed under the highest loads due to being weight-bearing joints.

There are many different treatments available for arthritis. Contact us today for a consultation to discuss options.

Blog by Christian Monks