Low level laser ther­apy for arthri­tis

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Cold laser ther­apy, also called low level laser ther­apy (LLLT), soft ther­apy and laser acupunc­ture, is used in the treat­ment of a va­ri­ety of health con­di­tions, and is now used to treat arthri­tis. This low-in­ten­sity laser ther­apy is said to re­duce the pain and in­flam­ma­tion caused by arthri­tis.Arthri­tis has many vari­a­tions, most com­monly rheuma­toid arthri­tis and os­teoarthri­tis, but the symp­toms of arthri­tis con­sis­tently in­volve swelling, stiff­ness and pain of the joints.

Cold laser ther­apy has been used as an al­ter­na­tive pain re­lief method for over four decades by physi­cians world­wide. There have been more than 2,500 in­ter­na­tional clin­i­cal stud­ies on cold laser ther­apy since 1967, most of which have proven this type of laser ther­apy to be ef­fec­tive for pain re­lief.This is par­tic­u­larly rel­e­vant for arthri­tis pa­tients, since the arthritic in­flam­ma­tion is painful, and wors­ens over time. treated skin area. In­stead, wave­lengths of light in­ter­act with the tis­sue to stim­u­late the cells of the tar­get area, and dra­mat­i­cally ac­cel­er­ate its heal­ing process. This func­tion helps elim­i­nate in­flam­ma­tion and pain caused by arthri­tis.The ab­sorp­tion rate of the lasers is so low that cold laser treat­ment is safe and pain­less.

Cold laser ther­apy in­volves hand-held de­vices that emit non­ther­mal (mean­ing non­heated, hence "cold") pho­tons of light that pen­e­trate all the skin lay­ers to the tar­get area. Once the laser beam reaches its des­ti­na­tion, it is ab­sorbed by the cell, which has el­e­ments that in­ter­act with the light, trans­form­ing it into en­ergy. The laser beam is aimed at the treat­ment area be­tween 30 sec­onds and sev­eral min­utes, de­pend­ing on the sever­ity and size of the con­di­tion. As the cells ab­sorb the laser light, they sup­pos­edly re­spond to the ac­tiv­ity by heal­ing the dam­aged tis­sue, thereby re­duc­ing pain and in­flam­ma­tion.

The tech­nol­ogy of cold laser ther­apy uses such low-in­ten­sity laser beams that there is no risk for com­pli­ca­tions or side ef­fects. The pro­ce­dure is pain­less and has no down­time. Pa­tients can re­turn to their nor­mal daily ac­tiv­i­ties im­me­di­ately after one treat­ment ses­sion

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