Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) causes inflammation in the joints and other areas of the body. Covering our joints there is a thin lining called a synovium which produces a small amount of synovial fluid that helps nourish the cartilage and lubricate the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis RA causes inflammation and thickening of this synovium which results in red and swollen joints which in turn produces extra fluid and pain. Furthermore, a destructive pannus is formed as a result of this synovial inflammation. This destruction can eventually lead to bone erosion and joint deformity. Common symptoms for RA are:
  • joint pain and swelling most commonly in the fingers, wrists or the balls of your feet
  • stiffness (morning stiffness lasting over 30 minutes)
  • tiredness (fatigue), depression, irritability
  • anaemia
  • Flu-like symptoms, such as feeling generally ill, feeling hot and sweating.
  • Rheumatoid nodules (fleshy lumps below the elbows or on hands and feet)
Low Level Laser Therapy LLLT (Low Level Laser Therapy) provides an increase in pain relief naturally, therefore, reducing the need for NSAID’s. Manages joint swelling and range of motion. The inhibitory protocol is used to inhibit nociception- inhibit pain and associated swelling. The stimulatory protocol is used to improve microcirculation and modulate inflammatory response consequently, producing strong and uniform repair tissue. For further information on Low level laser therapy benefits please do not hesitate to give Lakeside Laser a call on 93000095 or book online. We are located near Lakeside Shopping Centre in Joondalup- Perth Northern suburbs, 6027.
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