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Is Cold Laser Therapy a Good Treatment Option for Arthritis Patients?

Written By Duluth Injury & Rehab Center on December 7, 2020

rsz carpaltunnel2Cold laser therapy is a tool used in pain reduction treatments. 

Most people are familiar with a hot, high-light laser, one that can cut through tissue in surgical procedures. A cold laser is a low-light tool. It doesn’t put off any heat. Therefore, when applied to the skin, it doesn’t cause any damage. 

In fact, cold laser therapy can help heal several conditions. Is it an ideal treatment option for patients with arthritis? 

How Cold Laser Therapy Helps Heal the Body

Cold laser therapy (also known as low-level laser therapy or LLLT) is similar to photosynthesis in that it creates usable cellular energy through the absorption of light. 

The low level of light can penetrate deep into the body’s soft tissues and reduce inflammation and promote healing on a cellular level. The result is less pain, stiffness, and swelling. 

Does Low-Level Laser Therapy Work for Arthritis Patients? 

While arthritis is most common in older generations, even younger people can develop it. No matter what your age, arthritic pain can be debilitating and make normal activities difficult to accomplish. Getting relief is a top priority.  

Thankfully, cold laser therapy has proven effective in reducing pain in people with this type of pain. A 2018 report in IMCJ (Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal) found that one woman in her mid-60s was able to successfully manage her arthritis pain with: 

  • Low-level laser therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Herbal supplements

The woman reported that, though all the therapies contributed to her pain reduction, it was the low-level laser therapy that gave her the most noticeable results. 

She’s not the only one that’s experienced reduced pain. A 2019 study found that many people with debilitating osteoarthritis noticed significant changes in their pain levels and mobility. 

A Comprehensive Treatment Plan to Treat Your Pain  

If you’re suffering from arthritis pain, your Duluth chiropractor, Dr. Joseph Hans, wants to help. So many factors can increase the pain and discomfort you experience. During your comprehensive evaluation, Dr. Hans will determine what therapies and lifestyle adjustments will help reduce your pain. He offers everything from home exercise recommendations and cold laser therapy to spinal adjustments and physiotherapy. Schedule an appointment to learn which treatment options are best for your needs.

Looking for relief from arthritis pain? We can help! Contact our team at 770-738-9867 to schedule an appointment. Serving residents of Norcross, Lawrenceville, Atlanta, Suwanee, & Lilburn.

Posted In: Chiropractic Arthritis Treatment