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By High Desert Family Medicine
January 28, 2021
Tags: Sarcoidosis  
What Is Sarcoidosis?Chances are good that sarcoidosis isn’t a condition that you’ve heard of before or know much about. That’s because it once used to be rare but is now a fairly common chronic illness worldwide. Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory condition that results when inflammatory cells affect certain organs of the body, most often the lungs. While these small masses of inflammation, known as granulomas, develop within the tissue, they can also clear up on their own without treatment; however, sometimes they can cause tissue scarring.

What are the symptoms and signs of sarcoidosis?

The symptoms you experience will depend on what organ or organs are affected.
  • Lungs: persistent cough; wheezing; chest tightness and shortness of breath
  • Skin: reddish rash; sores on the nose and cheeks; lighter or darker patches of skin; nodules under the skin
  • Eyes: blurry vision; sensitivity to light; pain; redness; dryness; itching
  • Heart: irregular heartbeat; fluttering heartbeat; swelling; chest pain; fainting
As you can see, the symptoms associated with lung sarcoidosis (the organ most often affected by this disease) are identical to asthma, so it’s not too much of a surprise that sarcoidosis could be misdiagnosed as asthma. Since many disorders and diseases can cause these same symptoms, it is important to see a doctor for a proper diagnosis.

While anyone can develop sarcoidosis, it is most commonly diagnosed in people between the ages of 20 to 40 years old.

How is sarcoidosis treated?

It is important to seek treatment right away, as this disease can lead to serious complications. The treatment that your doctor recommends will depend on each person and their symptoms. Topical corticosteroids may be used to treat skin problems while immunosuppressants or steroids may also be prescribed.

How can an osteopath treat sarcoidosis?

Sarcoidosis can affect multiple systems within the body, leading to widespread symptoms including joint pain, headaches, and fatigue. While you might not require treatment, an osteopath can provide you with comprehensive care and treatment options including massage therapy and spinal manipulation to help ease symptoms such as headaches, joint pain, inflammation, and sleep problems due to sarcoidosis.

If you are looking for natural and more holistic approaches to treat your symptoms, then talk with an osteopath about how they can help you manage sarcoidosis.

By High Desert Family Medicine
January 15, 2021
Tags: Cold Laser Therapy  

Cold Laser Therapy

Millions of people in the US are dealing with neck and back pain, joint disease, and soft tissue injuries that impact their lives. Many people are dependent on pain medications just to help them get through the day; however, medications only treat the symptoms, not the underlying injury or inflammation. This is why many people turn to osteopaths. An osteopath is a medical doctor that focuses on therapeutic and alternative ways to promote natural healing within the body to improve how it functions as a whole. One way in which an osteopath can promote tissue repair and faster healing is through cold laser therapy.

What is cold laser therapy?

Cold laser therapy, also referred to as low-laser therapy, uses special light waves to help stimulate the body’s natural healing and repair response, as well as to regenerate damaged cells. Low-level laser therapy such as these do not produce heat, so patients won’t feel any heat or discomfort during their treatment.

What issues can be treated with cold laser therapy?

Your osteopath may recommend cold laser therapy to help alleviate pain and inflammation and to treat a wide range of soft tissue injuries and problems. You may benefit from cold laser therapy if you are dealing with,
  • Neck or back pain
  • Tennis or golfer’s elbow
  • Bursitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Sprains and strains
  • Knee pain
  • Muscle spasms
  • Joint swelling
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Edema
  • Torn muscles
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Diabetic wounds
What are the benefits of cold laser therapy?

Cold laser therapy, when performed by a qualified medical professional such as an osteopath, is incredibly safe. Some of the benefits of cold laser therapy include,
  • A painless, non-invasive procedure
  • A fast treatment that lasts anywhere from five to 20 minutes, depending on the area that we are treating
  • A faster recovery process
  • Greatly reduces pain and inflammation
  • No side effects or complications
  • A safe alternative to pain medications
  • No downtime
Cold laser therapy has been used to treat everything from arthritic joint pain to sports injuries. It’s safe and effective. Talk with your osteopath today if you are interested in finding out how cold laser therapy could benefit you.