Understanding arthritis and how chiropractic care could help manage arthritis pain.
What is Arthritis?
Though common, arthritis is one of America’s most misunderstood diseases. Arthritis is inflammation of one or more joints, which can cause pain, discomfort and stiffness throughout joints and the body. Common symptoms of arthritis and joint inflammation include swelling, joint pain and stiffness and decreased range of motion -- typically worsening with age.
In actuality “arthritis” is not a single disease. There are over 100 different types and severities of the disease, making it the leading cause of disability in America -- affecting more than 50 million. However, there are two main types of arthritis that can benefit from routine chiropractic care:
Osteoarthritis - A degenerative disorder affecting flexible joint cartilage
Rheumatoid Arthritis - A chronic inflammatory disorder in joints
In both cases, self care combined with non-invasive, non-addictive treatment, should serve as your first line of defense to manage and relieve pain and discomfort.
How Can Chiropractic Care Help Those with Arthritis?
Chiropractic care can be a great way to manage and relieve pain caused by arthritis. Routine chiropractic care provides patients with arthritis a safe, risk-free alternative treatment option to alleviate their symptoms.
Chiropractors deliver a gentle, non-invasive, non-addictive therapy, known as a chiropractic adjustment. In an effort to reduce inflammation and improve function of both the affected joint and nervous system, a chiropractic adjustments is performed. An adjustment reduces joint restrictions or misalignments in the spine and other joints in the body. By increasing joint mobility and improving your nervous system function and spinal health, your body has the ability to better manage symptoms caused by osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.
Below are some of the health benefits chiropractic care and chiropractic adjustments can provide to arthritis patients:
- Reduced pain and discomfort
- Decreased inflammation
- Improved range of motion
- Improved flexibility
- Increased activity and lifestyle
To see if chiropractic care is right for you, call us today to schedule a consultation to answer any questions you may still have. When you're ready to schedule a new patient appointment, your first appointment includes an examination and spinal imaging. Based on the findings of our chiropractic exam, your doctor of chiropractic will recommend what the best course of treatment is for you. They may even elect to co-treat your arthritis with other healthcare professionals including massage therapists, physical therapists or other primary care physicians.