Arthritis Pain & Inflammation

Man massaging his arthritic kneeTypically people think of arthritis as something that only affects the elderly, but the truth is that arthritis can be a problem for people of all ages. The term arthritis is used to describe inflammation of the joints. The human body contains over 100 joints, this means that arthritis can affect many different parts of the body and can come in many different forms. These different types of arthritis have been separated into classes.

The Classes Of Arthritis Are:

  • Inflammatory – irritation of the membrane of a joint.
  • Attachment Arthritis – generally occurs in the heels or lower-back when the ligament or tendon connected to the bone is irritated.
  • Crystal Arthritis – microscopic crystals of sodium urate that generally form in the big toe.
  • Joint Infection – occurs when bacteria infects fluid inside the joint, generally in the hip, shoulder, or knee.
  • Cartilage Degeneration – occurs when cartilage in the joint breaks down, generally in the knees, neck, lower-back, hip, and fingers.
  • Muscle Inflammation – occurs when muscle tissue becomes inflamed.
  • Local Conditions – when a local injury causes pain, an example being tennis elbow.
  • General Conditions – this is characterized by general muscle pain and sleep disturbance.

Chiropractic For Arthritis Treatment

Chiropractic care is a great way to treat arthritis in many of its forms. Chiropractors make adjustments to the spine and neck to keep the body in proper alignment and functioning properly. In addition to adjustments chiropractors can help by recommending specific exercises you can do to help with whatever type of arthritis you are dealing with. Exercise is very important for successful arthritis management. It helps maintain healthy and strong muscles, joint mobility, flexibility, endurance, and helps control weight. Rest is important as well because rest helps to decrease active joint inflammation, pain, and fatigue. Arthritis patients need a good balance to achieve the best results.

Chiropractic For Arthritis Management

Chiropractic care is an excellent choice to manage arthritis. It can help to alleviate the pain of arthritis. Chiropractic does this by keeping your body in proper alignment which helps take pressure off of joints and allows the body to heal. Proper alignment can help to reduce inflammation and can reduce the need for anti-inflammatory medication. Furthermore, by doing exercises suggested by your chiropractor you can build up strength in arthritic joints which can help to prevent symptoms from returning. If you are dealing with arthritis and would like to incorporate chiropractic care, give us a call at 651-730-7302.

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