Although chiropractic is a great option for wellness care, many people are now visiting chiropractors to help with a wide range of pain conditions. Chiropractic adjustments offer many benefits for patients and people suffering from a wide range of conditions, such as arthritis. Today’s article will discuss how chiropractic can be helpful for patients suffering from arthritis. It will also offer additional suggestions about how to relieve the pain.
What a Chiropractor does
A chiropractor is also known as a Doctor of Chiropractic. This health professional focuses on wellness and not sickness care. Their specialization is to adjust the spine to correct any misalignments or nerve interferences.
Regular visits to the chiropractor can help restore your health and alleviate pain from a misaligned spine. A chiropractor can help patients plan exercises and diet changes to reduce inflammation and pain. A majority of insurance companies cover visits to chiropractors at least partially.
Arthritis: What is it?
Arthritis simply means inflammation of the joints that results in stiffness, joint pain and restricted movement. There are more than 200 types of this condition. It is usually associated with old age but can also affect young people. It can affect any part of the body. Each region has a unique cause and name. Sometimes, arthritis can lead to damage to soft tissues, muscles, and organs like the heart or lungs.
Osteoarthritis is also known as degenerative joint disease. It is the most common form of arthritis. This is caused by repeated trauma to the joints and is more common in the elderly.
The following are other common forms of arthritis:
- Rheumatoid arthritis is the second most common type of joint inflammation.
- Another form of arthritis that is autoimmune is psoriatic arthritis.
- Ankylosing Spondylitis is another type of arthritis in which the body attacks itself.
- Septic arthritis is caused by a viral infection or bacterial infection of the joints.
A thorough and comprehensive examination is required to diagnose arthritis. A co-management of the case may be necessary if a chiropractor feels the need. This could include x-rays, radiology (x-ray), an MRI, urine and blood analyses, and physical examinations.
You should have your condition diagnosed properly to be able to more effectively treat symptoms.
Medication is the most commonly used treatment for arthritis. It can reduce inflammation, swelling, and pain. Chiropractors can help with managing arthritis. Although medications can be effective, they pose long-term risks to your health, such as a decrease in healing, stomach damage, and internal bleeding.
A chiropractor can help you reduce the need for these medications and manage your pain and symptoms naturally. A chiropractor can:
- Your range of motion can be improved by aligning your spine.
- Increase endurance and flexibility
- Strengthen your muscles and increase muscle tone
- We can help you create a diet and nutrition plan to naturally reduce inflammation
Chiropractic care can also recommend an exercise program that is suitable for arthritis. This is an important component of managing arthritis symptoms.
The Treatment of the Symptoms
It is important to understand that chiropractors can’t cure arthritis. There is currently no treatment for arthritis. They can help with the symptoms and slow down the progression of the disease. They might use spinal adjustments along with other treatments to treat the disease. These treatments include:
- Both hot and cold therapy
- Ultrasonic treatments
- Electro muscle stimulation
- Rehabilitation for the body
- Magnet therapy
The Best Results
The best way to treat an inflammatory disease such as arthritis is to attack it from all angles. If necessary, this means that you should work with your chiropractor and rheumatologist in order to combine treatment. A healthy diet and regular exercise will lead you to a better outcome.
Don’t hesitate to call us today if you or someone you love is suffering from arthritis. We are here to help you in any way that we can.