Arthritis an incredibly common disease, and also one that is misunderstood. It is defined as inflammation in one or more joints and can cause discomfort, stiffness, and pain throughout the joints of the body. Symptoms often include joint pain, stiffness, swelling, and a decreased range of motion - all of which usually worsen with age. You now know how arthritis is defined, but what is it exactly and can chiropractic care help?
WHAT IS ARTHRITIS?
In actuality, arthritis is not a single disease. There are more than 100 different variations and severities of arthritis and it affects over 50 million people, which makes it the number one cause of disability in the US. This may sound overwhelming, so to make things a bit less complicated, we'll narrow down the two main types of arthritis that respond well to chiropractic treatments.
1. Osteoarthritis: a degenerative disorder that affects the flexibility of joint cartilage
2. Rheumatoid Arthritis: a chronic inflammatory joint disorder
For these two types of arthritis, a combination of chiropractic and self-care can be your first life of defense for pain relief and managing discomfort.
HOW CAN CHIROPRACTIC HELP?
If you experience arthritic pain and are seeking a safe, natural, and non-invasive alternative to medication, chiropractic can be an excellent form of treatment. Our doctors here at Shields Chiropractic provide gentle care and non-addictive therapies, focusing primarily on chiropractic adjustments. Adjustments reduce joint restrictions and misalignments in the body. Our goal is to reduce inflammation which will improve the overall function of the affected joints and nervous system. When the joint's mobility is increased and the nervous system's function is improved along with overall spinal health, your body will be better able to manage symptoms from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Our patients seeking treatment for arthritis have experienced:
- Reduced pain and discomfort
- Decreased inflammation
- Increased range of motion
- Improved flexibility
If you are interested in seeking chiropractic care to help manage your symptoms, contact us today for a consultation. We will work to treat the problems you are experiencing, and get your health back on track!