Many of you know people with arthritis. You can see the changes to the hand and fingers because of severe degenerative osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. The knuckles appear enlarged and fingers may move in different directions. People complain of constant stiffness, soreness, weakness, and sharp pain with hand movements.
Arthritis destroys the joint cartilage and bones. Destruction of the joints components produces chronic inflammation which makes the hands stiffer and sorer. Decreasing inflammation can help reduce some of the hand pain, stiffness, soreness, and limitation.
Many people experience relief with over the counter or prescription medication. Other treatments are available for people who need more help controlling their hand arthritis pain. A new option is cold laser therapy.
Cold lasers utilize specific frequencies and wavelengths to cause actions inside the body to decrease pain and inflammation. During treatment people may experience warmth in the hands as blood rushes to the fingers. More blood means more healing. Additionally, inside cells enzymatic pathways are being turned on to increase mitochondrial production of ATP, or energy for the cells. Chronically injured cells usually are short of energy which limits their ability to heal and repair. By increasing the energy inside cells they can repair damage or improve their structural integrity.
Additionally lasers help block pain pathways. Arthritis destruction causes inflammatory molecules to be released which makes the area more sensitive to touch and pressure. Decreasing these molecules helps reduce pain.
Several people have come into the office with severe hand arthritis pain. They actually came into the office with neck or back pain, but when they heard about the laser wanted to try it on their hands. After 4-6 visits they all reported improvement in their symptoms. They felt like they had better pain free movement, less daily stiffness and soreness. The amount of sharp pain with activity decreased.
Cold laser therapy will not cure hand arthritis, but it is a great option for decreasing pain symptoms. Most people do better with treatment. There are not any significant risks with cold laser therapy, which is why it is a great option for arthritis pain.
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