goutGout is a form of arthritis — an inflammation of the joints — that causes sudden, severe attacks of pain, tenderness, redness, warmth, and swelling in some joints. It usually affects one joint at a time, although it can be in several joints at once. Gout results from abnormal deposits of uric acid crystals in the joint cartilage. The crystals are later released into the joint fluid. Gout crystals act like ground glass in the joint, causing significant pain and joint destruction.

goutHelpDietary changes for most people with gout do not play a major role in controlling their uric acid levels. However, limiting certain foods that cause an increased production of uric acid is often helpful.  Our clinicians can advise you on the latest dietary research that can help you manage your condition.  As with all arthritis – when you have a flare-up, laser therapy can help reduce the symptoms and decrease the duration of the flare.