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Chiropractic Care For Arthritis Symptoms

Arthritis Pain Relief & Improved Mobility

Image of man massaging arthritis painThe Center for Disease Control reports that an estimated 46 million adults in the United States have some form of arthritis. Arthritis literally means “joint inflammation”. Many people think arthritis is a single disease, but it’s not. There are actually over 100 different forms of arthritis.

The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease), which affects more than 27 million Americans nationwide and will affect nearly half the American population during their lifetime. By 2030, an estimated 20 percent of Americans—about 70 million people—will have passed their 65th birthday and will be at increased risk for osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis is a disease of the joints. For osteoarthritis, inflammation, severe pain and loss of movement occur as the joint breaks down and the bones rub together. Specific lifestyle factors can contribute to developing osteoarthritis. This includes obesity and past injuries, which can both increase a person’s development risk by approximately 60 percent.

Although the incidence of osteoarthritis increases as people age, it is NOT a condition of aging. Some forms of arthritis affect children still in diapers, and thousands of people are stricken in the prime of their lives.

The major complaint by individuals who have arthritis is joint pain. Pain is often a constant and may be localized to the joint affected. The pain from arthritis is due to inflammation that occurs around the joint, damage to the joint from disease, daily wear and tear of joint, muscle strains caused by forceful movements against stiff painful joints and fatigue.

Arthritis affects an individual’s entire lifestyle and can make simple movements, such as even walking, unbearable, and many even become home bound.

There is no known cure for arthritis, but several treatments have been found effective for many patients to manage arthritis and lead a full and active life, including chiropractic. Patients often fare better when these problems are diagnosed early.

Chiropractic works against arthritis to improve mobility and decrease pain. Arthritis treatment helps to increase the range of motion in the affected joint and allows for more natural movement. The more the joint is allowed to move, the more healing of the joint is promoted.

Treatment generally involves a combination of chiropractic, exercise, and lifestyle modification to improve the quality of life among persons affected by arthritis.

Arthritis is a challenging, complicated and unpredictable disease. You will find out about the different approaches to living with the condition, as well as skills and strategies that will help you cope.

If you or your loved ones are suffering from arthritis, contact our office today at 612-724-4647.