Arthritis results in the deterioration of joints through the process of inflammation. The most common form is osteoarthritis. This type of joint disease affects approximately 80% of the population by the age of 65. Osteoarthritis most commonly affects the hands, feet, spine and large bearing joints such as the hips and knees. According to the Center for Disease Control, the lifetime risk of developing osteoarthritis of the knees is 46%.
Patients suffering from arthritis that have received treatment with The Bioflex Laser System, experience pain relief, improved mobility and tolerance to activity, as well as an improved quality of life in general.
A number of animal studies have measured a beneficial effect with laser therapy on cartilage formation. Laser therapy has been found to decelerate the arthritic process, regenerate articular cartilage, increase the level of stress proteins, thereby improving the repair of cartilaginous erosion and significantly increasing the number of chondrocytes and the thickness of the articular cartilage. Placebo-controlled studies have also offered clinically relevant pain relief, reduction in knee circumference and pressure sensitivity when compared to placebo controls treated with sham laser.