Chiropractic Care for Arthritis Pain Management
Arthritis pain is a common health concern. Unfortunately, it is often ignored until it worsens. It can affect people of all ages and genders. It is an inflammation of the joints that can affect one or multiple joints. While there are several different types of arthritis, the most common two are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Symptoms include swelling, joint pain, and stiffness, and decreased range of motion. And it only aggravates with age. Apart from these symptoms, if you have arthritis, you may also notice redness of the skin around the joint.
Let’s talk about the two most common types of arthritis and it’s causes
Like mentioned earlier, osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are two common types of arthritis. Although they may sound similar, they have very different causes and symptoms. So continue reading to learn more about them.
Osteoarthritis is defined as a degenerative disorder or “wear and tear” of the cartilage. Meaning as you grow older, if joints are not aligned properly, the cartilage can break down. Which leads to the ends of the joint to rub against each other. So age (over 65), obesity, injury, and genetic factors are the causes of osteoarthritis. Stiffness, pain that reduces with movement, swelling, and cracking within the joint are the symptoms you need to watch out for.
This is an autoimmune disorder in which your body’s immune system wrongly determines your normal joints as abnormal ones. That leads to inflammation which can be extremely painful for individuals diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Women between the age of 30–60 years old are the most affected by RA. The symptoms of OA and RA may sound very similar. However pain and stiffness do not resolve with exercises.
How does chiropractic care make a difference For Arthritis Pain?
Pain is a huge factor in both these types of arthritis. However, with effective chiropractic care, individuals are able to better manage and relieve their pain. For back or neck pain due to osteoarthritis, this is probably one of the best types of therapies you can use. An experienced chiropractor always starts his or her diagnosis with a complete and thorough examination. For extreme cases, the chiropractor may even co-consult with a rheumatologist. With the help of chiropractors, you can help reduce inflammation and swelling. Therefore you can reduce pain caused due to arthritis.
Here’s how Chiropractic care will help:
- Enhance your range of motion with affecting your spine
- You’ll start noticing endurance and flexibility
- Improves strength and muscle tone
- Reduces your dependability on medication for inflammation naturally through dietary and nutritional plans
Although medications are the conventional option for most individuals who are suffering from arthritis, chiropractic care delivers a non-addictive therapy. Chiropractors can reduce your joint restrictions or misalignments in the spine. Chiropractors can’t cure arthritis, and no one can, because there are no remedies or quick fixes to do that. But they are fully capable of helping you alleviate the symptoms and slow the progression of the illness. Hot and cold therapy, ultrasound treatments, physical rehabilitation, massage, electronic muscle stimulation, and magnet therapy are the most popular treatments Chiropractors may use for the best results.
For arthritis pain management, chiropractic treatment should be a part of everyone’s plan of care.
Your Next Steps if You Have Arthritis Pain
Every treatment plan starts with a consultation to understand your body and health concerns. Patients are then diagnosed. Next each patient is suggested a customized and individual treatment that best fits their needs.
Thank you for reading. We have been helping patients suffering with arthritis pain in the Horsham PA and Warrington PA area since 2001. Please give us a call at 215-343-3223 to schedule your appointment. Or Click Here to Contact Us through this website.