Do you suffer from pain, stiffness, swelling, and decreased strength in your hand, wrist, elbow, or arm?  This can seriously impact your ability to do simple activities such as grooming, preparing meals, cleaning your home, and numerous other tasks essential to daily life. And having trouble reaching for objects and gripping them, as well as problems with writing and/or typing, can make it difficult to function in the workplace.  What can help?

Red Light/Infrared Therapy Can Help!

Red Light/Infrared Therapy can relieve aches, pains, and stiffness that result from many conditions that affect the hand, wrist, elbow, and arm. Red Light/Infrared Therapy [also known as photobiomodulation (PBM) and also called low-level light therapy (LLLT)] is non-invasive, painless, fast-acting, dependable, simple, safe, and very easy to self-administer. Red Light Therapy can be depended upon to increase circulation and reduce pain in the local area wherever the Light Therapy pads are placed.  Studies have found that, “Fast acting pain relief occurs within minutes of application…”[1]  Red Light/Infrared Therapy can be used successfully on all areas of the body (except the eyes) and “…has an almost complete lack of reported adverse effects…”[2] 

Pain Relief Plus Healing Support

Just as important as providing pain relief is the ability of Red Light and Infrared Light Therapy to trigger a cascade of beneficial chemical processes that stimulate the body’s own innate healing ability and accelerate the healing process.  “Photobiomodulation (PBM) involves the use of red or near-infrared light at low power densities to produce a beneficial effect on cells or tissues.”[3] Scientific studies have found that, “LLLT is beneficial for pain relief and can accelerate the body’s ability to heal itself.”[4] And more specifically, “These low doses of light have demonstrated the ability to heal skin, nerves, tendons, cartilage and bones.”[5] 

The ability to heal tendons is especially important, because tendon inflammation or tears in the tendon cause many hand, elbow, and arm issues, such as tennis elbow, golfer’s or baseball elbow, and trigger finger or trigger thumb.  And the healing of nerves is especially important for those suffering from Carpal Tendon Syndrome (CTS), which affects the median nerve as it passes through the carpal tunnel in the wrist.

Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis Support

Stiffness, swelling, and pain in the fingers, the hand, and the wrist can also be caused by Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis. The Johns Hopkins website states, “Osteoarthritis usually develops in one of 3 places: the base of the thumb, at the end joint closest to the finger tip, or at the middle joint of a finger.”[6] Rheumatoid arthritis can cause both finger and wrist pain. “Rheumatoid arthritis, a condition that can attack joints throughout the body, commonly affects the joints and surrounding tendons of the wrist and fingers.  It can cause the joints to become swollen, painful and possibly deformed.”[7]  But Red Light and Infrared Light Therapy can provide relief for all forms of arthritis pain.

Studies Prove Red Light/Infrared Therapy Helps

Just twenty minutes of Red Light/Infrared Therapy on a regular basis can help alleviate pain and accelerate healing for conditions of the hand, wrist, elbow, and arm. Studies conclude that Red Light/Infrared Therapy effectively provides healing support for tendons and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, as well as for Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis:

Best Light Therapy Pads for the Hand, Wrist, Arm, and Elbow

Energia Medical offersfour pads that are perfect for treating issues of the hand, wrist, elbow, and arm:

When placed flat, the size and rectangular shape of this pad make it ideal for treating the front or back of the hand and/or fingers, the wrist, the elbow, or the lower or upper arm.  This pad can also be wrapped around the wrist, hand, fingers, or arm. At 9.8” x 4.5”, this pad offers 90 LED’s: 45 infrared (850-nm) and 45 red (660-nm).  The small size of this 90 pad makes placement extremely easy anywhere on the body.

The Long 180 Diode Pad offers 180 LED’s: 60 red (660-nm) and 120 infrared (850-nm). This long and thin pad measures 5” x 16”, and is excellent for wrapping around the wrist to treat CTS, or the elbow to treat tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow. The back or front of both hands can be placed on the pad for simultaneous treatment, or the pad can be used vertically down the length of the inner or outer arm.

The size and rectangular shape of this 8” x 9” medium pad makes it an excellent choice for treating the upper or lower arm, the elbow, and the front or back of the hand/fingers. This pad can also be wrapped around the wrist. The 132 Medium Pad offers 132 LED’s: 44 red (660-nm) and 88 infrared (850-nm).

      This large rectangular 8” x 15” pad is extremely easy to use to treat the upper arm, lower arm, and elbow at once. Also, the front or back of both hands, all fingers, and the wrist simultaneously. This pad can also be folded into a pocket, making a mitt-like shape to treat the entire hand. The Large 264 Diode Pad offers 264 LED’s: 120 red (660-nm) and 144 infrared (850-nm). 

The Bottom Line

Rather than relying on oral or injected anti-inflammatory medications for pain relief or risking surgery, treating your fingers, hand, wrist, elbow and/or arm with Red Light/Infrared Therapy can make a big difference in relieving pain, restoring function, and regaining and maintaining a normal and active life. Contact Energia Medical at 833-429-4040, via email at info@energiamedical. com, or fill out the contact us form to learn more about how Red Light/Infrared Therapy systems from Energia Medical can help.

Citations


[1] Cotler, Howard B. et al.  The Use of Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) For Musculoskeletal Pain. MOJ Orthop Rheumatol. 2015  ;  2(5): . doi:10.15406/mojor.2015.02.00068, p bid., p. 5.

[2] Hamblin, Michael R. “Mechanisms and applications of the anti-inflammatory effects of photobiomodulation.” AIMS biophysics vol. 4,3 (2017): 337-361. doi:10.3934/biophy.2017.3.337, p. 14.

[3] Hamblin MR. Mechanisms and Mitochondrial Redox Signaling in Photobiomodulation. Photochem Photobiol. 2018 Mar;94(2):199-212. doi: 10.1111/php.12864. Epub 2018 Jan 19. PMID: 29164625; PMCID: PMC5844808,

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[4] Cotler, Howard B. et al.  The Use of Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) For Musculoskeletal Pain. MOJ Orthop Rheumatol. 2015  ;  2(5): . doi:10.15406/mojor.2015.02.00068, p bid., p. 7.

[5] Ibid., p. 4.

[6] https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/hand-pain-and-problems, p. 3.

[7] Ibid., p. 2.

[8] Roberts DB, Kruse RJ, Stoll SF. The effectiveness of therapeutic class IV (10 W) laser treatment for epicondylitis. Lasers Surg Med. 2013 Jul;45(5):311-7. doi: 10.1002/lsm.22140. Epub 2013 Jun 3. PMID: 23733499, Abstract.

[9] Cotler, Howard B. et al.  The Use of Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) For Musculoskeletal Pain. MOJ Orthop Rheumatol. 2015  ;  2(5): . doi:10.15406/mojor.2015.02.00068, p bid., p. 4.

[10] Fusakul Y, Aranyavalai T, Saensri P, Thiengwittayaporn S. Low-level laser therapy with a wrist splint to treat carpal tunnel syndrome: a double-blinded randomized controlled trial. Lasers Med Sci. 2014 May;29(3):1279-87. doi: 10.1007/s10103-014-1527-2. Epub 2014 Jan 30. PMID: 24477392, Abstract.

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