Osteoarthritis is a chronic arthropathy characterized by the primary destruction of articular cartilage, marginal osteophytosis and often subchondral osteosclerosis (the synovium is often inflammatory). It manifests itself as pain that is increased by joint solicitation or mobilization and relieved by rest. The morning rinsing is brief, the inflammatory pain appears in the second half of the night and disappears during the day with movement. Crackling is often perceived and effusions may appear. This pathology, whose frequency increases with age, can be mono- or polyarticular (polyarthrosis). The knee, shoulder, hands, hips, cervical and lumbar spine are the areas most affected by this problem. The resulting pain has an impact on patients’ life quality. Treatments are aimed at treating the side effects, not the cause.

The laser, a versatile solution

Among the different ways of managing osteoarthritis, laser therapy is useful in dealing with different aspects of the pathology, both to reduce inflammation of the joint capsule, relieve pain, decrease functional disability, reduce periarticular edema, contributing to and restoring a good quality of life without resorting to medication (and therefore without side effects).

Teslatherapy & cryotherapy, for an analgesic effect

The discomfort caused by osteoarthritis can be treated with effective long-term solutions, including the use of teslatherapy and its pulsed electromagnetic fields. Since the 1970s, numerous studies and clinical trials using pulsed electromagnetic fields have conclusively shown that this treatment method relieves pain and has an anti-inflammatory effect. (ex : Low frequency pulsed electromagnetic field–a viable alternative therapy for arthritis, Kalaivani Ganesan).

Cryotherapy combined with electric current proposed by Winshock also proves to be an interesting equipment within the framework of this pathology. Cold is indeed a very good analgesic and the effect is very fast thanks to the association of the PRESS current (in 2 minutes, compared to 20 minutes with an ice bladder), since it will act on the nociceptors and inhibit the painful message transmitted by the nerves, but will also lead to the release of anti-inflammatory molecules. Winshock’s ability to alternate between warm and cold will also improve drainage in the event of inflammation/edema.

Return to motion is essential

In post-operative rheumatology, Game Ready compressive cryotherapy is becoming increasingly popular for immediately post-operative use in the recovery room.

While osteoarthritis is a much-talked-about topic, it is not so serious, since there are ways to relieve the discomfort it causes. Getting back into motion will prevent aggravation, because it will allow patients to maintain good health. The solutions mentioned above, which suppress pain, make possible to get back into movement.

The Kynett iso-inertial device is an excellent solution in this case, since the load is easily adapted to the user, thus allowing all profiles, including the less athletic, to use it to move and thus have a positive influence on their health.