5 Facts about Rheumatoid Arthritis

Geoffrey McCallum September 28 2017

BioFlex Laser Therapy (a form of Cold Laser Therapy or Low Level Laser Therapy [LLLT]) relieves pain and reduces inflammation caused by arthritis, Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA), Degenerative Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis.

5Joints Are Often Affected In Symmetry

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Rheumatoid arthritis commonly affects the joints of the hands, feet, wrists, elbows, knees and ankles. The joints affected by RA are often affected in symmetry. (If one knee or hand is affected, its counterpart is often affected by rheumatoid arthritis). As rheumatoid arthritis may affect other systems of the body (such as the cardiovascular or respiratory systems), it is considered a systemic disease.

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4Women Are More Likely To Have The Disease

Arm ache. Gray-haired mature woman is suffering from arthritis. She is looking at her hand and feeling awful pain. Copy space in the right side

About 1.5 million people in the United States have RA, and approximately 1 out of every 100 Canadians over the age of 18 have rheumatoid arthritis. Nearly three times as many women have the disease as men. In women, RA (is) commonly diagnosed between 30-60 years of age. In men, diagnoses often develop later in life.

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3Children Suffer With Arthritis Too

The Boys Are Sick

Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) is the most common type of arthritis in children. It is an autoimmune disease that affects the joints of children, ages 16 and younger. Nearly 300,000 children from infants to teenagers in North America are afflicted with this disease. (The term idiopathic means “of unknown origin.”)

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2The Exact Cause Is Unknown

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Researchers believe rheumatoid arthritis results from a combination of environmental and genetic factors, which trigger an abnormal response that causes the immune system to attack its own tissues. Current research indicates that there is a genetic predisposition to (JIA)

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1Early Intervention Can Stop Associated Conditions


People with rheumatoid arthritis have a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease, anemia, infections, osteoporosis, carpel tunnel and ruptured tendons than those without RA. Many of these conditions can be halted or reversed with early intervention, using alternative treatments/therapies.

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What Can You Do?


Doctors traditionally treat arthritis with anti-inflammatory medications, painkillers and other forms of medications. However, some medications can cause unwanted side effects, resulting in a host of other medical problems.

Phototherapy / Cold Laser Therapy:

Cold laser therapy is a medical treatment that uses low-level lasers. The technology utilizes super luminous and laser diodes to irradiate diseased or traumatized tissue with photons. These particles of energy are selectively absorbed by the cell membrane and intracellular molecules, resulting in the initiation of a cascade of complex physiological reactions. This leads to the restoration of normal cell structure and function.

  • Cold laser therapy or phototherapy is considered safe. It is non-invasive, painless and drug-free. There have been no reported adverse results or side effects of BioFlex Laser Therapy throughout the company’s nearly 30 year history.
  • Numerous clinical studies have demonstrated the benefits of using LLLT (Low Level Laser Therapy) / Cold Laser Therapy / Phototherapy, as it reduces pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and improves microcirculation in the irradiated area.
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