What is arthritis? According to the Arthritis Foundation:
Arthritis is very common but is not well understood. Actually, “arthritis” is not a single disease; it is an informal way of referring to joint pain or joint disease. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions. People of all ages, sexes and races can and do have arthritis, and it is the leading cause of disability in America. More than 50 million adults and 300,000 children have some type of arthritis. It is most common among women and occurs more frequently as people get older.
Common arthritis joint symptoms include swelling, pain, stiffness and decreased range of motion. Symptoms may come and go. They can be mild, moderate or severe. They may stay about the same for years, but may progress or get worse over time. Severe arthritis can result in chronic pain, inability to do daily activities and make it difficult to walk or climb stairs. Arthritis can cause permanent joint changes. These changes may be visible, such as knobby finger joints, but often the damage can only be seen on X-ray. Some types of arthritis also affect the heart, eyes, lungs, kidneys and skin as well as the joints.
There are two types of arthritis that can benefit from chiropractic care and they are:
- Osteoarthritis – A degenerative disorder affecting flexible joint cartilage.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis – A chronic inflammatory disorder in joints.
A combination of self-care and chiropractic care is a great line of defense to manage pain and discomfort.
How Can Chiropractic Care Help Arthritis Sufferers?
Chiropractic care is an excellent option for those seeking a natural, safe and non-invasive alternative to prescription drugs. In 2017, The American College of Physicians released new guidelines that support the use of nonpharmacologic therapies, such as chiropractic and acupuncture, as first-line treatments…before using medication. (Source) Dr. Dan provides patients with chiropractic adjustments that can greatly reduce misalignment’s and joint restrictions located in the body and spine. When working with arthritis patients, our goal is to reduce inflammation. Once the inflammation is under control, patients will notice improved function in the affected joints. Adjustments help improve your entire nervous system to better manage symptoms caused by osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Patients often state that after visiting a chiropractor they notice
- Reduced pain and discomfort
- Decreased inflammation
- Improved range of motion
- Improved flexibility
- Increased activity
To see if chiropractic care is right for your arthritis and/or outlining conditions, contact us via email or phone to set up a consultation. Based on your exam Dr. Dan can create a plan to help improve your pain!