Top 3 Arthritis Conditions and Cold Laser Therapy

Robbie Adams March 1st 2018

Arthritis Word


When people think of arthritis, they think of osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis (OA), sometimes called degenerative joint disease or degenerative arthritis, affects more than 27 million Americans and over 4.4 million Canadians.  With over 4 million Canadians living with OA in 2010  this number is expected to reach over 10.4 million people by 2040 in Canada alone.


OA often affects the hips, knees, lower back, neck, and hands, but it can affect any joint in the body. It is the most common chronic condition of the joints.

Some common characteristics of osteoarthritis are inflammation of the tissues around the joints, damaged cartilage, and bony growths around the edge of the joints. Symptoms most often start slowly and include pain and stiffness of the joint. Stiffness usually starts off more severe in the morning and then lessens as you move about your day, often within 30 minutes of rising. Other symptoms include:

  • Larger than usual joints of the affected area.
  • Recurring stiffness after not moving for a period of time.
  • Joints that are warm to the touch.
  • Tenderness in the affected area.
  • Joints that are affected most often have reduced range of motion.
  • Joints may sound grating or crackly during movement.
  • Loss of muscle tone.

While the damage of osteoarthritis is irreversible, symptoms can be alleviated and / or successfully managed. Often patients can avoid the need for joint replacement and there are many  alternative treatments for this disease which will be discussed later in this article.

OA with old man

Rheumatoid Arthritis

The immune system, which normally fights off bacteria and viruses, attacks the joints of a person with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), instead. Inflammation occurs during this attack and creates swelling and pain. Other symptoms are not unlike OA (Osteoarthritis) and include tender and swollen joints, joints that are warm to the touch, and stiffness that is worse in the mornings and after inactivity. However, Rheumatoid Arthritis symptoms don’t stop there. Other symptoms include fatigue, fever, and weight loss.

There are several risk factors that can increase the likelihood of you getting rheumatoid arthritis. While both men and women can get RA, women are more likely to have this disease as are people between the ages of 40 and 60. Do you know someone in your family with RA? Then your chances are higher of being diagnosed with it.


Psoriatic Arthritis

When you think of psoriasis, you probably think of the skin disease that causes itchy rashes and scaly skin patches. But 30% of people with psoriasis will go on to develop an inflammatory arthritis called psoriatic arthritis, or PsA. Both are autoimmune disease attacking the skin and the joints. This inflammation can lead to permanent joint and tissue damage and can affect the entire body.


You may even experience symptoms in your knees, ankles, lower back, and wrists. Other common symptoms of psoriatic arthritis include:

  • Morning stiffness
  • Tenderness and pain, especially over the tendons
  • Swollen fingers and toes
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Nail changes that resemble fungal infections
  • Pain and redness in the eye
  • General tiredness and fatigue

While most risk factors are unknown, the disease seems to run in families. Nearly 40% of people with PsA have a family member who have joint or skin issues. Psoriatic arthritis is often diagnosed between the ages of 30 and 55. PsA doesn’t discriminate between gender as both men and women get the disease equally.


While there is no cure for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or psoriatic arthritis, doctors traditionally treat arthritis conditions with anti-inflammatory medications, painkillers and other forms of medications. However, some medications can become quite expensive and can cause unwanted side effects, resulting in a host of other medical problems.




This medical treatment uses low-level lasers and/or other light sources like LEDs with specific wavelengths. The technology utilizes super luminous and laser diodes to irradiate diseased or traumatized tissue with photons. These particles of energy are selectively absorbed by cellular target  molecules called photoacceptors, resulting in the initiation of a cascade of complex physiological reactions. This leads to the restoration of normal cell structure and function.

BioFlex Laser Array

Cold laser therapy or phototherapy is considered safe and 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 and inflammation caused by arthritis and improves microcirculation in the irradiated area.

Consider BioFlex Laser as a viable treatment option in conjunction with other traditional medical treatments for your arthritic conditions and always consult your health practitioner before commencing any form of treatment or regime.

**Please contact us for a complete list of the approved indications for use applicable in your region.

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