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What is Osteoarthritis, and how does it affect Australians?

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative joint condition characterised by the breakdown of cartilage, causing pain, stiffness, and swelling in the joints. It is the most common form of arthritis and primarily affects older adults, although it can occur at any age. OA can severely impact the quality of life, limiting mobility and daily activities.
In Australia, Osteoarthritis is a significant health concern. As of 2022, around 2.1 million Australians, or 8.3% of the population, were estimated to be living with the condition. This prevalence is higher among women, with 10% of females and 6.1% of males affected by OA​.

Common Treatment Options for Osteoarthritis

The treatment of Osteoarthritis typically involves a combination of lifestyle modifications, physical therapies, medications, and, in some cases, surgical interventions.

Lifestyle Changes: Weight management and regular low-impact exercises can help reduce joint strain and alleviate symptoms.

Physical Therapy: Physical therapists can develop personalised exercise programs to improve joint function and reduce pain.

Medications: Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), are commonly used. In some cases, doctors may prescribe stronger pain medications or corticosteroid injections.

Assistive Devices: Braces, orthotic devices, and canes can help support affected joints and improve mobility.

Surgery: In severe cases, surgical options such as joint replacement or arthroscopy may be considered.

 

Red and near infra red light therapy benefits

Red Light Therapy For Osteoarthritis

Red light therapy (RLT) is a safe, drug free and non-invasive treatment that can complement traditional osteoarthritis management strategies. RLT uses specific wavelengths of red and near-infrared light to penetrate the skin and stimulate cellular processes that promote healing and reduce inflammation. Our red light therapy kits are designed for easy use at home, giving you the freedom to manage your osteoarthritis symptoms on your own own terms.

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Benefits of Red Light Therapy For Arthritis:

Pain Relief: RLT helps reduce pain by increasing blood flow, endorphin release and reducing oxidative stress in affected joints​.
Inflammation Reduction: The therapy targets inflammatory cells, helping to decrease swelling and discomfort​​.
Improved Mobility: By promoting the repair and regeneration of joint tissues, RLT can enhance joint function and flexibility​.

How Red Light Therapy Works

Red light therapy involves exposing the skin, soft tissue and joints to low levels of red and near-infrared light. This light energy is absorbed by the mitochondria in cells, enhancing cellular function and promoting healing. The increased cellular activity leads to better blood circulation, reduced inflammation, and accelerated tissue repair. These effects are particularly beneficial for individuals with Osteoarthritis, as they can help alleviate pain and improve joint mobility.

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Most Commonly Affected Parts of the Body

Osteoarthritis can impact various parts of the body, with some areas being more commonly impacted:

Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Symptoms: Pain, swelling, and stiffness that can limit mobility and daily activities.
Red Light Therapy Benefits: Reduces pain and inflammation, improves joint function, and enhances mobility.

Osteoarthritis in the Spine/Back

Symptoms: Pain and stiffness in the back, which can radiate to other parts of the body.
Red Light Therapy Benefits: Alleviates pain, reduces inflammation, and promotes healing of the spinal joints.

Osteoarthritis of the Neck

Symptoms: Pain, stiffness, and reduced range of motion, sometimes accompanied by headaches.
Red Light Therapy Benefits: Decreases pain and inflammation and improves flexibility and joint function.

Osteoarthritis of the Hands/Wrists

Symptoms: Pain, swelling, and difficulty performing hand movements tasks.
Red Light Therapy Benefits: Targets inflammation and pain and enhances joint mobility and function.

Osteoarthritis of the Ankles

Symptoms: Pain, swelling, and stiffness that can hinder walking and other activities.
Red Light Therapy Benefits: Reduces pain and inflammation and improves joint flexibility and mobility.

Our Motivation and Experience

Susan Poole, the founder and director of Red Light Therapy Kits, has over 20 years of experience as an exercise physiologist and a background in physical rehabilitation. She has dedicated her career to developing effective and user-friendly red light therapy products.

Her experience with injury and passion for helping others motivated her to create a range of safe and effective Red Light Therapy products for humans and animals. Susan’s expertise ensures that each product is designed to provide maximum therapeutic benefits and ease of use.

Approaching Osteoarthritis Holistically with Red Light Therapy Kits

Osteoarthritis is a prevalent condition in Australia, affecting millions and significantly impacting their quality of life. Traditional treatments, while effective, can be complemented by innovative approaches like red light therapy. Our red light therapy kits offer a convenient and effective way to manage osteoarthritis symptoms at home, relieving pain, reducing inflammation, and improving joint function.
Our Australian-made red light therapy kits are designed to help you take control of your osteoarthritis management, reclaim your quality of life and enhance your overall well-being.

Our red light therapy kits are designed to help you take control of your osteoarthritis management from the comfort of your own home.

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