The human body constitutes of several joints that are joined together by various tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and muscles which allow proper articulation. Joint pain is one of the frequent complaints we face in our clinics and medical institutes. Various therapeutic measures can help in treating the joint pain but all of them pose some side effects. Out of these therapeutic procedures, lasers are highly effective without any major side effects. Laser therapy is also known as LLT or cold laser therapy which helps in healing the wounds. It helps in repairing the injured tissues, arthritis or other medical conditions.
BioFlex laser therapy utilizes the light source which generates pure light of a specific wavelength which results in photochemical reactions within the cells. It is a non-invasive procedure that is highly effective for treating various medical conditions including joint pain. Laser therapy helps in relieving the joint pain including the knee joint, thumb, cervical spine, lumbar, temporomandibular and many others.
HOW LASERS HELP IN TREATING THE JOINT PAIN?
Many studies have been conducted which show the effect of lasers in treating joint pain. The lasers aid in improving the circulation around the inflamed joint supports the health of the cells, releases endorphins that fight against the joint pain, reduces inflammation and enhances the growth of healthy tissues. The use of lasers aid in improved flexion and extension of the joint. Along with laser therapy, patients are advised with lifestyle measures where you need to avoid postures which results in pain. It is also recommended to avoid incorrect postures.
So, how do the lasers help in treating joint pain at the cellular level? The lasers release photons by the photobiomodulation process where they interact with cytochrome c within mitochondria. This results in a cascade of reactions which enhances the cellular metabolism resulting in reduced pain and inflammation. Laser therapy is effective in treating both acute and chronic conditions. It is highly efficient when used immediately where it reduces inflammation and enhances the healing process.
Lasers aid in combating persistent pain and allows the patients to restore their normal functions. It results in the release of endorphins which blocks the painful sensations. The release of nitric oxide is increased with the help of lasers which in turn causes vasodilation leading to increased blood flow. BioFlex lasers have a wide range of wavelengths which allows it to be used for a versatile range of disorders. This allows the practitioners to treat the patients with customized wavelengths and offer them custom treatment options for a wide range of medical conditions.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE BioFlex LASER PROCEDURE FOR TREATING JOINT PAIN?
The lasers are administered with the handheld device where it permits the light of different wavelengths within the deeper tissues. The device is held for a specific time over the skin depending on the area and treatment dosage. The light energy passes from the skin surface to the deeper tissues where it is absorbed. This energy aids in reducing the level of inflammation and promotes the regeneration of injured tissues. It is a painless procedure where you’ll feel a tingling sensation during the procedure.
DIFFERENT CLINICAL STUDIES WHICH PROVES THE EFFECTIVENESS OF LASERS:
- A study was published in 2000 within the journal of rheumatology, it showed that laser therapy improved the functions and joint mobility in patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis by 50-70%.
- According to the Cochrane review conducted in 2005, LLT was assessed in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. It showed that lasers aid in reducing joint pain.
- Another study was also conducted in 2008 and 2009, where it showed that lasers helped in treating joint pain.
ADVANTAGES WITH LASER THERAPY:
Following are the advantages of laser therapy:
- The stunning advantage offered with laser therapy is that it alleviates pain without any invasive procedure.
- It does not need any over-the-counter medicines or prescription.
- It results in the shorter recovery phase with no side effects.
- The treatment session with lasers is of short duration.
ARE THERE ANY COMPLICATIONS OR SIDE EFFECTS WITH LASERS?
The BioFlex cold lasers pose mild side effects which are not at all serious. These lasers are highly powerful and aid in relieving the pain without any side effects which are caused by medicines. For severe joint pain, there are other alternatives available in the medical field which include arthrocentesis, surgical procedures, and pharmaceuticals which result in adverse effects over the body.
WHAT OTHER TIPS SHOULD BE FOLLOWED TO PREVENT JOINT PAIN ALONG WITH LASERS?
While undergoing laser treatment, you need to follow some tips to prevent yourself from any joint pain. Perform mild exercises that reduces stiffness and pain within the joints and improves the flexibility of the joints. Different exercises which help in building the supportive muscles around the joints to offer them support. Avoid high-impact exercises which can have a bad impact on your joints. Excess weight can cause strain and stress over the joints so try losing some weight. Make use of assistive devices while your treatment is going on to keep functioning around.
There are many other treatment options available in the market for getting rid of ankle pain which includes anti-inflammatory and analgesic medicines, injectable corticosteroids, injectable hyaluronic acid, physical therapy, occupational therapy, different exercises and surgical procedure in severe cases for repairing or replacing the damaging joints. Other than the low-level laser therapy, a patient with ankle pain needs other modes of treatment to manage the joint pain effectively.
However, the only difference is that low-level laser therapy is a painless, non-invasive procedure without any major side effects when compared to other treatment modalities.
BioFlex Laser therapy offers immediate pain relief from the joint pain but the efficacy of this therapy varies from person to person.