- Eric Carlsen, DC
Arthritis and Chiropractic Care
What is Arthritis?
Arthritis is a disease that is usually associated with pain, swelling, and reduced range of motion in the affected area. Arthritis is a general term that affects your joint health, and living with it can be extremely frustrating and uncomfortable. Symptoms often begin as a mild pain that gradually increases in severity over time. Regardless of the type of arthritis, you are suffering from, the pain can sometimes be overwhelming. Arthritis can affect your quality of life and keep you from doing the things you love most.
Osteoarthritis Osteoarthritis is a degenerative form of arthritis and wears down the joints over time, typically due to age. As we get older, our joints experience wear and tear that leads to this form of degenerative arthritis. The cartilage between our joints is responsible for absorbing shock as we move about. But as we get older, we experience a reduction in cartilage. With less cartilage, our joints may rub together, causing friction which leads to stiffness, swelling, and pain. Losing weight, staying active, strengthening muscles, and applying hot or cold therapies can help for a time, but they are simply short-term solutions. At Family CCR we treat musculoskeletal issues like arthritis, along with many other common health concerns. Because osteoarthritis is a problem that lies in the joints, chiropractic care can restore alignment to the spine and other joints, as well as address cartilage and lubricant deficiency due to central nervous system problems. It can help ease the pain as well as restore proper nerve communication to improve overall health and wellness.
Rheumatoid Arthritis and Psoriatic Arthritis Rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis are two more common forms of arthritis that many people suffer from. Instead of being degenerative in nature, these types of arthritis stem from inflammation in the joints and tissue that surrounds them. Again, a decrease in joint tissue or fluid results in friction that leads to the inflammation and pain caused by these types of arthritis. Misalignments of the spine can further exacerbate inflammation in the joints and will reduce the amount of healthy blood and fluid going to these joints, only worsening the problem. Gentle adjustments can restore nerve communication so the body can function properly. This, in turn, reduces inflammation and decreases painful arthritis symptoms.
Next Steps Chiropractic care has been known to slow down or even stop the progression of arthritis. Not only will you see the benefits in a decrease of pain, but you will also see an improvement in your overall health and wellness. When the body is able to communicate without nerve interference, you can rest assured your systems are functioning at optimal levels. You will feel your very best. So don’t let arthritis affect your life any longer. Call our office to learn more.