Dr. Barry uses laser technology to treat patients from the Greater Philadelphia area who suffer from arthritis at his practice, Avalon Laser Therapy, located in Voorhees, New Jersey.
Arthritis is a painful condition characterized by inflammation of the joints, resulting in swelling, pain, and stiffness. Arthritis affects people of all ages, races, and genders, though it is most common in adults over the age of 65. There are a variety of forms of arthritis. Osteoarthritis, which is also called degenerative arthritis, is the most common form of the disease. Osteoarthritis develops following the normal the wear and tear on the body that causes the cushioning surface on the ends of bones wears away. This leaves the ends of the bones unprotected as it rubs against the other bones in a joint, causing swelling, pain, and stiffness. While anyone can develop arthritis, it is prevalent in those who work in physically challenging careers, athletes, and those with a family history of the disease.
When diagnosing arthritis, Dr. Barry will perform a physical exam which will include a collecting the patient’s full medical history and summary of medications used. X-rays, imaging procedures like CAT scans or MRIs, and blood tests may be used to determine the specific kind of arthritis.
Dr. Barry uses MLS laser therapy to treat arthritis. Laser therapy can be very effective in reducing the pain and swelling of arthritis, no matter which joint is affected. For example, laser therapy works exceptionally well for hand arthritis, especially if treatments are started soon after the diagnosis. Laser therapy has strong analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects. It increases circulation and lymphatic drainage which bring nutrients and oxygen to the affected joints and draw away toxins respectively. MLS Laser therapy offers patients safe, effective, drug-free relief for the pain, swelling, and stiffness associated with arthritis. If you suffer from arthritis, make an appointment with Dr. Barry to see if laser therapy will help with your discomfort.