Arthritis is quite a common problem affecting people of all ages. Today, Dr. Joel Segalman, Dr. Stephen Lazaroff, and Dr. Brittany Ciaramello at Performance Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC, in New Haven County and Fairfield County, are sharing information regarding the various treatment options available for arthritis pain relief.
There are many different types of arthritic disorders; in fact, there are over 100 conditions recognized as forms of arthritis. A likely explanation for the misconception is the fact the word “arthritis” means “joint inflammation” and the most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis can be described as being the wear and tear type of arthritis that develops over time. And because of this, the majority of – but not all – cases of osteoarthritis are diagnosed in older patients.
Some of the treatment options to treat arthritis include:
Medications. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are medicinal options prescribed to reduce pain and inflammation.
Cortisone injections. In some cases, we may recommend corticosteroid injections to alleviate pain, but done on a limited basis.
Physical therapy. Occupational and physical therapies are used to improve range of motion and flexibility, strengthen muscles, and in some cases, even reduce body weight. While the thought of exercising may seem frightening when you have a condition causing pained and stiff joints, it is one of the best possible methods for treating osteoarthritis.
While these are all great choices, we are proud to provide another nonsurgical treatment option that is proving to be quite beneficial for many of our patients - laser therapy.
This type of treatment has proven to be successful in treating various forms of arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, with no known side effects.
So how does laser therapy alleviate arthritis pain? The laser light infiltrates the outer layers and interacts with the deeper tissues of the body, including those found in the joints. Photons then interact with specific parts of the cells to decrease inflammation and painful symptoms and boost cellular metabolism.
Some benefits of laser treatment include speedy sessions, long-lasting relief from pain, and the fact that treatments provide a gentle, soothing warmth.
If you have painful arthritis, contact the offices of Dr. Joel Segalman, Dr. Stephen Lazaroff, and Dr. Brittany Ciaramello at Performance Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC, in New Haven County and Fairfield County, today to schedule a consultation. You can reach our Waterbury office at (203) 755-0489 or our Newtown office at (203) 270-6724.