Arthritis and Chiropractic Care
While we often think of arthritis as a specific ailment, it is actually a term referring to general issues with your joint health. There are several types of arthritis—all of them uncomfortable and frustrating to live with. Arthritis is most common in older adults but can affect people of any age, and it can have debilitating impacts on your life and your ability to do the things you love. Because arthritis is a condition of the joints, chiropractic care can offer relief to those suffering, and visiting a Marietta chiropractor may help you regain mobility that has been lost to the disease.
Types of Arthritis
Arthritis is a general term that translates loosely to “inflammation of the joints.” However, when you hear the term used, most of us associate it with osteoarthritis, the most common form. This is also known as degenerative joint disease—it tends to be located in specific joints where the cartilage meant to protect bones has worn down. For some people, they may have this happen in multiple joints at one time while others have it only in one or two joints. As we age, some loss of this cartilage is natural, but this is also why older adults tend to be diagnosed with the condition.
Other forms are rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis, which are not degenerative in nature but instead are caused by inflammation in joints and their surrounding tissue. Similar to a loss of cartilage, this causes friction and ultimately pain in these joints.
While arthritis is sometimes in the back or neck, it is more commonly in the hands, feet, or knees as these are the most commonly used joints. Wherever you are suffering from arthritis pain, a chiropractor will be able to give you adjustments that help relieve the pain and heal the joint from the inside out.
How Chiropractic Care Addresses Arthritis
Chiropractic care aims to improve overall musculoskeletal health, and because arthritis lies within the joints, it is a natural method of care to address any issues. As you undergo a chiropractic adjustment, the spine and other joints are realigned, which helps the body communicate through the central nervous system for optimal whole-body function. This can address cartilage and lubricant deficiencies that may be contributing to the degeneration in a joint.
Adjustments can also reduce inflammation in the joints and tissue, as well as encourage healthy blood flow and fluid to reach those joints more effectively. By returning the body to a state of alignment and proper nervous system communication, these adjustments can lessen pain and prevent arthritis from becoming worse over time.
When you visit United Chiropractic, Drs. Amber and Steve Landry will work with you to determine the type of arthritis you are suffering from and determine the best and most effective next steps for your situation. Our goal is to reduce pain, restore movement, and improve the communication throughout your body. Contact our office today for your first consultation and your first step toward arthritis relief.
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