What is Arthritis?
Though common, arthritis is one of America’s most misunderstood diseases. Arthritis is a joint disorder and can occur in areas ranging from the spine, fingers, wrist, knees, and more. It can occur due to trauma or infection of the joint or simply from age. Arthritis pain is caused by inflammation, damage from disease, and painful stiffness of joints. Common symptoms of arthritis and joint inflammation include swelling, joint pain and stiffness and decreased range of motion -- typically worsening with age. Arthritis can result in difficulty of moving the joint, inability to use your hand or walk, muscle pain, weight loss, poor sleep, loss of flexibility and muscle weakness.
There are over 100 different types and severities of the disease, making it the leading cause of disability in America -- affecting more than 50 million. However, there are two main types of arthritis that can benefit from routine chiropractic care:
A degenerative disorder affecting flexible joint cartilage which responds well to chiropractic treatments--often within two to six weeks.
A chronic inflammatory disorder in joints which studies recommend gentle spinal manipulation combined with exercise and an anti-inflammatory diet to reduce pain and inflammation, and improve mobility.
In both cases, self care combined with non-invasive, non-addictive treatment, should serve as your first line of defense to manage and relieve pain and discomfort.
How Can Chiropractic Care Help Those with Arthritis?
Chiropractic care can be a great way to manage and relieve pain caused by arthritis. Routine chiropractic care provides arthritis patients with a safe, non-invasive, non-addictive alternative to prescription opioids or over-the-counter pain medications (OTCs), which are commonly prescribed to patients to help them manage their pain.
Dr. Hansen performs a gentle, non-invasive chiropractic adjustment. Chiropractic adjustments reduce joint restrictions or misalignments in the spine and other joints in the body in an effort to reduce inflammation and improve function of both the affected joint and nervous system. By increasing joint mobility and improving your nervous system function and spinal health, your body has the ability to better manage symptoms caused by osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.
Below are some of the health benefits chiropractic care and chiropractic adjustments can provide to arthritis patients:
- Reduced pain and discomfort
- Decreased inflammation
- Improved range of motion
- Improved flexibility
- Increased activity and lifestyle
Learn more about by clicking on this article from the Arthritis Foundation. To see if chiropractic care is right for you, give Dr. Hansen and his staff a call today at (920) 278-7490 to schedule your appointment.