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A Drug-free Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain

Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain
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In 2018, the Australian Bureau of Statistics reported that Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) affected almost half a million Australians.

This disorder damages joints, producing pain and stiffness. For a person affected with RA, performing routine activities, fulfilling social roles and obligations is difficult and painful.


Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

RA affects people in different ways. Commonly it produces:

  • pain

  • stiffness or reduced movement of a joint

  • swelling in a joint

  • redness and warmth in a joint

  • general symptoms, such as tiredness, weight loss, or feeling unwell.



Because the causes of RA are unknown, there is no cure for RA. But understanding the condition and managing it can allow the patient to have a good quality of life.

There are a variety of treatments available for rheumatoid arthritis aiming at managing the pain, minimizing joint damage, and enhancing physical function. The earlier the intensive treatment is started, the more likely it is to work.

Treatment for RA include:

  • medications

  • physical and complementary therapies

  • surgery

Effective treatments for RA tend to combine the use of medications with complementary therapies to reduce medication side effects, such as fatigue, dizziness, and nausea.

As an effective therapy for pain management, TENS (Transcutaneous Electro Nerve Stimulation) treatment can help reduce the amount of medication and its associated side effects.


Use of TENS for Rheumatoid Arthritis

“TENS Machines can help to alleviate the pain caused by the inflammation of the joints and the stiffness during flare-ups.” Health Direct

TENS Machines work by applying electrical pulses to the nerves via pads attached to the painful region blocking pain signals. Another way TENS is also believed to relieve pain is by triggering the release of natural painkillers (endorphins) in the brain.

Our TENS Machines have a hand-held controller that allows you to choose the frequency and the intensity of the stimulus. To achieve pain relief, it is recommended to use a TENS machine at the highest intensity for periods of 30 minutes at a time, up to four times per day.

TENS devices are powerful, portable, and can be used discretely anywhere at any time.

Prices of our machines range from $118.50. Also, most private health insurance rebates are available on TENS Machines if they are used for therapeutic benefits? So, many people can purchase a TENS Machine and receive a rebate from their private health insurance. For more information read here