Gout is a form of arthritis, most commonly affecting the big toe. It presents as a sudden burning pain, with stiffness and swelling at the joint. Gout is a result of too much uric acid in the blood, which accumulate in various regions of the body as crystalline deposits. These crystals will be a constant source of irritation unless the gout is treated. Leaving gout untreated it may harm the surrounding tendons and other soft tissues.
The most common presentation is a middle aged, male with sudden toe pain and associated swelling and redness. The location and severity of this sudden attack, makes diagnosis relatively straight forward. The likelihood of getting gout is high in those that are overweight, heavy alcohol consumption, high meat and fish in the diet and drink a lot of diuretic drinks (tea, coffee, soda’s).
Cold laser therapy can assist by reducing the firing of pain receptors and modulate the inflammatory response of gout. The cold laser can also stimulate fibroblastic and chondroblastic activity for joint repair. Patients are encouraged to drink high volumes of filtered water and avoid diuretic drinks. Light mobilisations or adjustments around the affected joint at a non-acute phase, may increase range of motion.
Here at Lakeside Laser we are able to offer solutions to your pain and care plans for home maintenance. We are located in Central Walk, Joondalup – 6027 and central to Perth’s northern suburbs and have patients visit us from Kinross – 6028, Currambine – 6028, Iluka – 6028, Mindarie – 6030, Edgewater – 6027, Hillarys – 6025, Padbury – 6025, Woodvale – 6026 and Kingsley – 6026.