Millions of Canadians find arthritic pain holds them back from the daily activities they once enjoyed so effortlessly. Degenerative osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, affects approximately 80 per cent of the population by the age of 65.
Whether it’s arthritis of the knee, hip, hands or feet, Low Intensity Laser Therapy (LILT) may be the answer you’re looking for. LILT is a safe and natural alternative to conventional arthritis treatment such as prescription medication.
LILT is the use of monochromatic light. The laser is placed in contact with the skin allowing the photon energy to penetrate tissue where it interacts with cells resulting in the restoration of normal cell function. This jump starts the body’s natural healing process. The result is increased blood supply to the injured area, decreased inflammation and accelerated healing time.
A clinical study performed at the Meditech Laser Rehabilitation Centre in Toronto showed a 92 per cent improvement when patients were treated with LILT for arthritis of the knee.
The Winnipeg Pain Treatment Centre uses the Meditech BioFlex laser system. This system is FDA and Health Canada approved and is enthusiastically endorsed by Dr. W. Gifford-Jones, whose medical column appears weekly in the Winnipeg Free Press. In one of his columns, Gifford-Jones described how LILT relieved his pain from two ruptured disks and spinal stenosis, a condition which had him literally crawling on his hands and knees. He reported that after less than a week of laser therapy treatments he felt significantly better. Subsequently, just four weeks later he was able to return to work completely pain free.
At the Winnipeg Pain Treatment Centre, many patients have said they noticed a huge improvement after LILT, with some saying their pain had completely gone away after several treatments. The pain they felt before was debilitating, but after as few as three treatments, they say they felt a significant improvement.
Arthritis can have a crippling effect on the lives of many Canadians, but luckily LILT is just one treatment that is making a difference in people’s lives, so they can get back to living pain free.
Lindsay Rennick is a registered laser therapist at the Winnipeg Pain Clinic. If you would like more information on LILT or the Winnipeg Pain Treatment Centre, visit www.winnipegpaintreatmentcentre.com or call 204-254-7246.