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Osteoarthritis of the Knee - Benefits of Laser Therapy
Osteoarthritis of the knee is one of the leading causes of disability among the elderly, therefore it is important to have this diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. Going into the senior years with osteoarthritis of the knee can be averted.
Causes of Osteoarthritis of the Knee
Osteoarthritis can be caused if trauma has been experienced, injury or an infection. The articular cartilage is a smooth, fibrous connective tissue that acts as a protective cushion between bones. When this cartilage deteriorates then arthritis sets in. Joint space narrows between the bones creating a loss of the articular cartilage. This is an early indicator that osteoarthritis of the knee is imminent and it is detectable on x-rays.
Risk Factors in Getting Osteoarthritis of the Knee
There are some risk factors associated with Osteoarthritis of the knee. The following is a brief look at some of the risks:
- Weight: Weight creates pressure on the joints.
- Age and Gender: Those who are aging and in particular women over 50.
- Trauma: Previous sports injuries.
- High Impact Sports: Tennis players, runners and elite soccer players are at increased risk.
- Diet: Lack of proper nutrition.
- Heredity: Some evidence indicates that genetic mutations may be a factor.
Osteoarthritis of the knee is diagnosed by the patient reporting the symptoms, physical signs and an x-ray. There are many therapies available to those who suffer including physical therapy, exercise and bracing.
Theralase Laser Therapy
Chiro-Med Rehab Centre in Richmond Hill uses another form of therapy to help some patients who suffer with osteoarthritis of the knees, Theralase Laser Therapy.
Theralase Laser Therapy is a super-pulsed, cold laser technology that’s used for a wide spectrum of health ailments including osteoarthritis. This therapy heals neural muscular skeletal conditions through inflammation reduction, increased tissue regeneration and pain elimination.
The Theralase Super-Pulsed Laser System is effective because it can penetrate almost four inches into tissue. This in turn promotes cellular regeneration at the source of injury. Laser energy accelerates the body's natural healing mechanisms energy so reparation to damaged cells is possible. Depending on the severity of the osteoarthritis, returning to an active lifestyle pain-free within a few weeks is possible.
Some other Theralase Laser benefits include:
- Anti-inflammatory – Laser light reduces swelling or inflammation of the joints.
- Increased Metabolic Activity – Higher outputs of specific enzymes, increased oxygen for healthy cells.
- Rapid Cell Growth – Laser light accelerates cellular growth and reproduction.
Patients with osteoarthritis of the knee will find that the length of treatment depends of the severity. Treatments required can range depending on the person’s natural healing rate and the severity of the osteoarthritis. Each individual treatment can be completed in as little as 2 minutes or as long as 20 minutes.
Theralase Laser is state-of-the-art technology and osteoarthritis of the knee is only one health ailment that this therapy has a success rate with. Chiro-Med Rehab Centre helps their patients using this revolutionary laser treatment who have carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, tendinitis, tennis elbow, and much more.
This is a proven method to help you that is perfectly safe and effective.
Chiro-Med Rehab Centre has a walk-in clinic conveniently located at 10144 Yonge Street, just north of Major MacKenzie Drive in the heart of Richmond Hill. Call 905-918-0419 for more information or to book a consultation.