Inflammatory Conditions of the Joints, Defining Arthritis & a Chiropractors Role
Last updated on September 8, 2023
Arthritis is the name for many inflammatory conditions affecting the health of joints in the body, mainly in the spine, hands, hips and knees. Common arthritis symptoms include swelling, pain, stiffness and reduced joint range of motion. Whilst the various types of arthritis differ in features, one thing we do know is that inflammation is always involved and the presence of systemic inflammation can worsen symptoms. Chronic inflammation in the joints can damage cartilage, bones, tendons or ligaments, irritate nerves.
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis and is a degenerative disease caused by previous trauma and repetitive physical stress on the joints. With OA, pain and symptoms usually occur after activity.
RA is an inflammatory disease of the joints which is triggered by an autoimmune response. With RA, pain and symptoms are worse at rest and get better with activity.
AS is an inflammatory arthritis affecting the joints in the spine and pelvis, usually in people under 40 years of age.
Psoriatic arthritis is an autoimmune inflammatory arthritis that proceeds psoriasis skin rash.
Reactive arthritis is an inflammatory arthritis that develops after an infection, often in the bowel or genital areas. The infection causes activity in the immune system.
How can chiropractic care help with arthritis?
During your first visit, the chiropractor will take a detailed medical history, perform a thorough physical examination and if needed, refer you for a full spinal x-ray. Chiropractic care can help relieve pain and stiffness, increase range of motion and restore function of the joints and nerves. The type of treatment is always specific to your needs and your type of arthritis. Whilst some may benefit from manual adjustments, others may need more gentle low force techniques.
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This information is general in nature and does not substitute tailored advise to you.