What Can Your Chiropractor Do For Arthritis

Arthritis is a very painful condition. At its best, it can cause constant pain. At its worst, it can make simple things difficult to do. Many people do not know that their chiropractor can bring great relief. But first, you need to know what kind of Arthritis you have. There are many types of Arthritis:

  • Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease. This is the most common kind of Arthritis, typically caused by repetitive force to your joints and is most common as you age. In this kind of Arthritis, the joint  becomes of alignment due to the wearing  down of  the cartilage from an uneven joint surface. Poor nutrition, not enough blood supply and poor nerve supply are additional factors.
  • Septic Arthritis can be either bacterial or viral. Both types of septic arthritis generally start with joint infections..
  • Gouty Arthritis is caused by uric acid crystals getting put in the joint which causes inflammation. This type of arthritis is a metabolic condition. There is a more uncommon type called pseudogout. Pseudogout is characterized by painful swelling of your joints coming on suddenly. Episodes of Pseudogout can last for days or even weeks.

How a Chiropractor can help

Chiropractic adjustments realigning your joints and improve mobility and reduce pain right away.  Your chiropractor may suggest an inflammatory diet or specific nutritional remedies.  Ask your chiropractor which l supplements they recommend to bring down inflammation. The doctor may also recommend specific exercises to strengthen the muscles supporting your joints.

While anti-inflammatory medication is often given to treat Osteoarthritis, it has been shown to slow the rate that your cartilage heals.  Additionally, using anti-inflammatory medicine over a long period of time may damage the lining of your stomach. Chiropractic care is a drugless approach. We work in conjunct with medical doctors and we can prolong the need for immediate surgeries in many cases.

Chiropractors also take care of post surgery pain which usually involves the soft tissues.

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Chiropractic treatments such as rapid release technique,  reduce adhesions caused by scar tissue in  muscles and around your joints.  Regular exercise and dietary changes will reduce the  need to take anti-inflammatory medication. You will be able to move easier with less pain and an improved quality quality of life. With consistent treatment, many patients have stopped taking medicine for Arthritis.

Autoimmune Arthritis

Besides Osteoarthritis, there are many forms of autoimmune arthtritis. While your chiropractor is still helpful for autoimmune types of arthritis like Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, or Psoriatic Arthritis, there is no cure. Medication is needed to control these types of arthritis. While your bones and joints will continue to deteriorate without medication, ask your doctor for medications that are gentler on your stomach lining.

Most people have some of Arthritis. This is particularly true after 40 years of age. Arthritis is most obvious on an x-ray. Left untreated and allowed to develop Arthritis can become debilitating. If you think you may have Arthritis, or are feeling joint pains, The Relax Holistic Healthcare team is here to help.