Arthritis is often referred to as a single disease. It is actually a term for many different issues that affect the musculoskeletal system, especially the joints.
The most common forms of arthritis are:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Ankylosing spondylitis
Arthritic problems include pain, stiffness, inflammation and damage to joint cartilage. This can result in joint weakness, instability and deformities that can interfere with the most basic daily tasks such as walking, driving a car and preparing food.
Arthritis is the major cause of disability and chronic pain in Australia, and the number of people affected is growing as our population ages. Many people think that arthritis is a condition of the elderly, but it is increasingly striking people in younger age groups. Arthritis is NOT a natural part of getting old.
Arthritis may be caused by:
- injury (osteoarthritis)
- diet related issues (gout)
- your genes (hereditary)
- a misdirected immune system (rheumatoid arthritis and lupus)
How is Arthritis treated?
Treatment starts using wide angle lasers over the affected joints. The effect of the laser energy is to reduce the inflammation in the joint, thus reducing or eliminating your pain. The reduction of inflammation enables more range of motion in the joint over time. Arthritic conditions commonly need 6-12 treatments. Most people will notice significant improvement after 3-5 treatments.
Some types of arthritis will benefit from dietary changes and supplements, especially gout, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.