Arthritis is a progressive and degenerative condition that causes the joints to “break down” over time. The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which occurs as a result of the natural wear and tear on joints that develops over time. Osteoarthritis is more common among older people and among athletes who expose their joints to considerable stresses and strains. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks the healthy tissue lining the joints. Arthritis can also develop following a joint injury or joint surgery. As the tissue lining the joints wears away, friction inside the joint increases, resulting in pain, stiffness and reduced range of motion. Eventually, the joint can become deformed and it may feel warm to the touch as a result of increasing inflammation inside the joint.
Treatment for arthritis begins with a thorough hands-on assessment of the affected joint to evaluate the extent of the disease and its symptoms. The exam also typically includes passive and active movements to help pinpoint the source and severity of pain. Following the assessment, treatment can include adjustments and manual therapy to reduce uneven strains on the joint and to optimize nerve function and circulation. Massage and therapeutic exercises can stimulate the body’s natural healing processes while also keeping joints from becoming stiff and immobile. Hot and cold therapy can also help stimulate natural healing, helping patients avoid long-term use of potentially harmful medications or more invasive treatments like surgery.
Arthritis is a chronic condition, which means it can cause ongoing symptoms. Treatment for arthritis will depend on the individual patient’s specific symptoms, overall health, and other factors, and every treatment plan will be carefully developed to ensure the patient enjoys optimal results. Most patients with arthritis benefit from regular chiropractic care to reduce joint stiffness and pain and decrease the need for invasive treatments like joint replacement surgery. Having regular chiropractic visits also helps ensure treatments remain optimized as the patient’s needs evolve over time.
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