There are several different osteoarthritis treatments available that can ease symptoms of osteoarthritis. NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are often prescribed by medical doctors to decrease inflammation and pain associated with osteoarthritis. Anti-inflammatory diets, herbal supplements, physiotherapy, and massage therapy are other osteoarthritis treatments that are sometimes recommended. If all else fails, surgery is the last resort.
Pain killers might temporarily help, but can cause other negative side effects and sometimes lose their effect over time. Surgery is invasive, hard on the body, requires a long recovery time, and can cause Internal Scar Tissue.
Cold Laser Therapy is unique from other osteoarthritis treatments in that it aims to heal the source of the pain without causing negative side effects. It doesn’t require a long-term lifestyle change, and many people are able to completely avoid or prolong the need for surgery.
A Cold Laser Therapy osteoarthritis treatment delivers light-based energy to cells of tissues that are not healing properly. This energy stimulates specific chemical reactions in the cell to quickly speed up the healing process, which helps interrupt and reverse the cycle of degenerating cartilage. The result is reduced inflammation and the elimination of pain.Activates Cartilage Production:
Promotes the natural cartilage growth process by increasing the production of cellular energy (ATP).
Accelerates Bone Repair:
Stimulates the bone cells to replicate and produce new healthy bone tissue.
Speeds up the body's natural inflammation phase and induces the repair phase of healing.
Stimulates Blood Flow:
Increases the delivery of oxygen and nutrients required for healing of the affected cells.
Visit our Cold Laser Therapy Page to learn more about how the treatment works.
The following clinical studies are based on the results of BioFlex Cold Laser Therapy:
Cold Laser Therapy for the Treatment of Osteoarthritis in Knees [PDF]
Cold Laser Therapy for Treating Degenerating Discs [PDF]
What is Osteoarthritis?
The term arthritis refers to inflammation of the joints. It’s derived from 2 Greek words: arthro- (joint) + -itis (inflammation). There are over 100 conditions classified in the arthritis category, however osteoarthritis is by far the most common form. Osteoarthritis affects about one in ten adult Canadians.
Osteoarthritis is a joint disease that affects mostly cartilage. However, its effects often spread out to surrounding tissues.
What Causes Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is more common as we age but can affect anyone. It is generally caused by progressive wear and tear on our joints that results in the breakdown of our joint cartilage. It can also be triggered or accelerated by joint injuries. It slows down cellular metabolic functions that affect normal cell structure.
Cartilage plays an essential role in our joints: it absorbs shock from outside stresses and lubricates joint surfaces, allowing them to move smoothly. When cartilage breaks down, the bones start to grind against each other, creating friction and inflammation in the joint. Changes in the joint also affect the surrounding soft tissues (ligaments, muscles, and tendons) causing them to tighten up and spasm. These changes are what cause you to experience symptoms such as pain, swelling, stiffness and even grinding.
- Pain in the joint that increases with overuse and decreases with rest
- Stiffness in the morning (lasting about 15-20 minutes) or after periods of rest
- Joint pain that may be sensitive to weather changes
- Enlarged and/or swollen joints
- Grinding or crunching (crepitus) sensation with movement
- Reduced ability to walk, hold proper posture or maintain coordination due to pain and stiffness
Osteoarthritis most commonly affects weight bearing joints of the hips, knees and low back. It also can affect the neck, base of the thumb, wrists and/or hands and big toe. Other joints are less commonly affected unless there has been a previous injury or a lot of stress to the area.
Common Symptoms of Osteoarthritis
The degenerative process itself may not be painful, however the resulting inflammation and irritation to surrounding muscles, ligaments and tendons usually cause you to experience uncomfortable and sometimes debilitating symptoms. Reduced range of motion and swelling of surrounding tissues often accompany significant, often agonizing pain. Many of these symptoms can interfere with even the most basic daily activities such as walking, going up or down the stairs, brushing your teeth, cooking or even putting on your shoes.