Ostheoarthritis

Whole body cryotherapy in cryo-chamber for treating ostheoarthritis

Alongside inflammatory-rheumatic joint diseases, arthroses (osteoarthritis, i.e. degenerative rheumatic diseases of the joints) have also become a major field of indication for whole body cryotherapy. This can be attributed to a number of reasons. Osteoarthritis is a very common disease, particularly in advanced age. A treatment at the root cause of the disease is still not possible so that also here symptomatic therapies are sought for. Ultimately, whole body cryotherapy has in any case proven itself to be effective through its systemic activity. This is important in many respects: osteoarthritis seldom afflicts only one joint. As a rule several (large and small) joints are afflicted. Unlike local therapies, whole body cryotherapy has the advantage that it can simultaneously influence all arthritic disease foci. In addition it can also suppress several disease factors of the osteoarthritis through its multi-component spectrum of activity. Another aspect is its long lasting therapeutic effect that often endures for several months (regarding pains and inflammation).

Unlike rheumatoid arthritis, where the synovial membrane of the articular capsule primarily participates in the origin of the disease and the joint cartilage only becomes affected secondarily, osteoarthritis is a disease that plays out mainly within the joint cartilage. It starts with microscopically small tears in the cartilage that grow little by little. The cartilage -roughens, and attrition fragments then appear that move freely within the joint. -Smaller cartilage pieces can also become released or torn out from the tissue dressing. Cells of cartilage tissue damaged this way release inflammatory substances. This results in inflammation of the inner capsule skin through which cartilage tissue can continue to be damaged.

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Fig. 4.6 Components of osteoarthritis and effects of whole body cryotherapy

Fig. 4.6 Components of osteoarthritis and effects of whole body cryotherapy

Clinical experience and studies have shown that 12 to 15 exposures in the cold chamber can already achieve a good therapeutic outcome. However, in the interests of establishing a long-term effect a serial cold therapy should include about 20 to 25 applications. According to the severity of the disease, repetitions of therapy are recommended at half to one year intervals. It also makes sense to apply whole body cold both pre- and postoperatively, e.g. upon prosthetic treatment of the arthritic joints.

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Disclaimer

The information on this page is inspired by the book "Power from the Cold" by Prof. Papenfuß. The author states explicitly in his book that the descriptions in his book (and on this page) are not in any way intended to act as a substitute for the careful clinical indication process and the observation of strict safety measures developed in individual cryotherapy centres, or as a substitute for the indication of whole body cryotherapy in combination with other treatments.

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