Arthritis is a disease caused by inflammation in your joints and soft tissues. When you consider the number of joints and soft tissue in your spine, it’s easy to understand why people want to know if chiropractors can help with the pain caused by this inflammation.
The inflammation causes stiffness in joints. It makes even basic movements difficult for anyone who suffers from arthritis. And suffer is not a misused word in this case. The pain can be severe and unrelenting. It’s one of the leading causes of disability in America, estimated to impact the lives of more than 50 million Americans.
Did you know there are more than 100 different types and severities of arthritis? It takes a medical professional to accurately diagnose arthritis, but these 100-plus types fall into two main categories:
- Rheumatoid arthritis – a chronic inflammatory disorder in your joints
- Osteoarthritis – a degenerative disorder that impacts your flexible joint cartilage
Medical science hasn’t been able to find a cure, so it keeps the focus on treating the symptoms. This is mostly in the form of pain reduction medications. Many of these are prescription drugs that can be highly addictive.
How chiropractic care can help
Chiropractors seek to find and fix the problems in our bodies, rather than simply treat the symptoms. That’s how they approach treating arthritis. Treatments are non-invasive and help to manage or even relieve the pain caused by arthritis.
Treatments revolve around chiropractic adjustments. They reduce joint restrictions and misalignments in the spin – as well as other joints throughout the body – to reduce inflammation. When inflammation is reduced, you’ll regain function and range of movement, and the connections throughout your nervous system are improved.
Your chiropractor is giving your body the ability to heal itself. It’s more than adjustments to your spine and joints. Chiropractic care is a holistic approach. Your chiropractor will look at all of what may be contributing to your discomfort. It means your treatment may include a regiment of low-impact exercises you’ll do at home, as well as a change in your diet – even a look at how you sit at your office desk.
Your health insurance may cover chiropractic care for arthritis. Check your policy. You may need to start the process with your primary care physician or rheumatologist. Contact us and we can guide you through the process.