Arthritis is a very common medical ailment. The condition can be divided into several categories.
A large percentage of the population has some form of joint degeneration, but arthritis occurs more frequently in women.
There are several conventional treatments available; however, modern medical treatments can cause debilitating side effects. Fortunately, there are effective holistic treatments.
Chiropractic treatments can relieve arthritic pain and improve your quality of life.
What is Arthritis
A decreased range of motion, swelling, pain and stiffness are common arthritis symptoms. The symptoms can be chronic or acute.
Arthritis symptoms can worsen over time. The symptoms can be mild or severe. Severe arthritis can cause chronic pain that can disrupt normal daily activities.
The changes may be visible, yet for some, the damage can only be seen with an X-ray machine. In some people, arthritis can affect the lungs, eyes, heart and kidneys.
There are several types of arthritis. Inflammatory and degenerative arthritis are the most common types of arthritis.
A healthy immune system produces internal inflammation to eliminate infections and prevent disease. In patient suffering from arthritis, the immune system can go haywire and cause uncontrolled inflammation.
The excess inflammation can damage internal organs and erode joints. A combination of environmental factors and genetics can cause inflammatory arthritis.
Degenerative arthritis occurs when cartilage wears away. Bone presses against bone, and the friction causes painful symptoms.
Joints can weaken and the pain can be debilitating. Previous injuries, family history and excess weight are common risk factors.
A bacterial infection can cause infectious arthritis. Too much uric acid can cause metabolic arthritis.
What Causes Arthritis
Arthritis does not have one particular cause. The arthritic pain could be caused by inflammation, trauma or infection.
In older people, the condition can be caused by normal wear and tear. Athletes commonly have arthritis in their knees.
Unfortunately, medical treatments cannot cure arthritis but there are solutions such as chiropractic care that can help prevent its onset and provide relief from patients with arthritis.
Exercise and maintaining a healthy diet can reduce the risk of developing arthritis.
Natural treatments can reduce the need for surgery and prescription medications as well.
Treatment for Arthritis
Chiropractic care is an effective treatment for arthritis. Our chiropractors at the Spine & Wellness Centers will examine the arthritic parts of your body, and may order X-rays.
Your chiropractor may ask you to do a series of gentle stretches. Chiropractors focus on aligning the spine. A properly aligned spine helps the central nervous system function properly.
To adjust your spine, the chiropractor will apply pressure in specific areas.
The pressure will shift misaligned joints into the proper position.
Arthritis is not always caused by a medical issue. The painful symptoms can be caused by a lack of general wellness.
The treatment plan created for you will be personalized to meet your specific needs. Your chiropractor can suggest a stretching routine or an exercise routine.
Supplements might be recommended for the inflammation and swelling.
Arthritis can be a painful condition. A professional chiropractor can help you live an active and comfortable lifestyle.
For more information on chiropractic services, contact The Spine and Wellness Centers for a consultation today.