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Determining the Effectiveness of Low-Level Laser Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Written by Nancy

A chronic disease that affects about 1 percent of the global population and 1.3 million people in the U.S., rheumatoid arthritis is the result of an autoimmune disorder that is even more common than multiple sclerosis, lupus, Crohn’s disease and psoriasis. Triggered when antibodies start mistakenly attacking the synovial joint fluid, RA symptoms arise when this trigger leads to chronic inflammation.

Common among people between the ages of 30 and 60—though the symptoms don’t really develop until a person reaches the age of 60—rheumatoid arthritis can significantly impact one’s quality of life. Symptoms such as joint stiffness, swelling, pain and redness can all lead to the person developing a constant low-grade fever, chronic fatigue, loss of appetite, depression as well as weight loss.

Even though there is no cure, rheumatoid arthritis can still be managed, through various forms of therapy including low-level laser therapy. A new technique that’s still being ironed out for details, this mode of therapy is set to be one of the most effective forms of treatment for RA symptoms in the years to come.

Proof of Effectiveness through Low-Level Laser Therapy

A collective analysis of six studies conducted on 220 people in control groups experiencing rheumatoid arthritis offered positive results in contrast to placebo laser therapy.

Using various dosages and wavelengths, it was found that when subjects were given laser therapy on their hands 2 – 3 times each week for a month, they not only reported better hand flexibility; their level of pain reduced as well. Additionally, the control group reported a shorter time for morning stiffness. They also reported an improved range of motion, lesser swelling, better function and stronger grip.

With no short or long-term side effects, the studies concluded that shorter wavelengths applied over a longer administration time provided far better results than what was being administered during the shorter times.

Opting for Low-Level Laser Therapy?

Laser therapy is still in its early stages but is offering promising results. However, given that it’s a unique form of treatment, therapy from any facility near you will not work in treating inflammation due to rheumatoid arthritis.

Pain clinics that carry specific devices for pain management are the only trustworthy source. Clinics such as Divergent Healthcare in Alberta are well-known for their pain management facilities and services for chronic pain. If you’re in Calgary, seek laser health solutions at Divergent Healthcare.

And be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions on post-laser care so you can retain the effects of your therapy.

About the author


I’m Nancy and no, I didn’t always look like I do in that picture on the right. My foray into health and fitness began as a brace-faced, 16 year-old who was too afraid to wear a two-piece at the beach because I felt my body paled in comparison to my much more toned friends.

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