Therapeutic Ultrasound for Rheumatoid Arthritis
People with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) suffer from stiffness, inflammation, and pain. This condition mostly affects the joints and in its advanced stages, can even deform joints and limit function and mobility. One of the most affected places in the body are the hands and feet. In the hands it can deform the metacarpophalangeal joints (the knuckles) and in the feet it can deform the metatarsophalangeal joints (where the toes meet the feet). With deformation, swelling, and pain, these people have a difficult time with regular activities of daily living.
en though doctors prescribe medications for this condition, they do very little to make it better and as with any medication, they also have side effects. Through years of research, alternative treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis have emerged and they are just as effective as drugs without the side effects. One of these treatments is therapeutic ultrasound. Therapeutic ultrasound for RA patients produces sound waves that increase circulation, reduce stiffness, improve joint flexibility, and bring down the swelling to a certain degree.
For someone with RA this can increase their ability to perform daily activities by allowing them to walk longer distances or even increase their hand strength to grip objects. This is a major accomplishment because they can have a better quality of life without any side effects. Therapeutic ultrasound combined with regular physical activity are the perfect combination to control the pain and discomfort caused by this condition.