Arthritis is a common medical condition that causes damage to the body’s joints, leading to loss of mobility, inflammation, stiffness, pain, and a variety of other symptoms. Despite its prevalence, arthritis is still one of the most misunderstood conditions.
Part of the confusion surrounding arthritis stems from the fact that there are more than 100 forms of the condition. There are also several causes of arthritis and a wide range of symptoms. However, all forms of arthritis can cause pain.
If you suffer from arthritis, you may be pleased to learn that chiropractic care can offer a way to manage and relieve pain caused by it. In this post, our Fareham chiropractor will share some information on arthritis before explaining how visiting a chiropractor may help.
What Are The Symptoms Of Arthritis?
The most common symptoms of arthritis include:
- Joint pain
- Decreased range of motion
- Redness of the skin around the affected joints
These symptoms tend to develop gradually over time. Their severity will vary based on the type of arthritis, its location in the body, and the health of the individual. There are also other symptoms associated with specific types of arthritis. For example, people with rheumatoid arthritis may experience a loss of appetite, fevers and anaemia.
Who Is Most Likely To Get Arthritis?
People over 65 are much more likely to experience arthritis. That’s why the majority of patients seeking treatment for arthritis at our chiropractic clinic in Fareham are seniors. However, certain forms of arthritis can also affect younger people, such as Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, and Chronic Recurrent Multifocal Osteomyelitis.
What Causes Arthritis?
The body’s joints contain flexible connective tissue called cartilage. Cartilage protects the joints from the pressure and shocks placed upon them as you move about. Most forms of arthritis occur when the cartilage between the joints is worn down.
The most common form of arthritis, osteoarthritis, is caused by wear-and-tear damaging cartilage over time. Eventually, when enough cartilage is worn away, the bones can rub against one another which causes a great deal of pain and inflammation. This is the form of arthritis that we often help sufferers with at Homewood Chiropractic Clinic.
The severity of conditions like osteoarthritis can be impacted by the presence of injury, infection, disease and lifestyle factors. The likelihood of arthritis occurring is increased if a person comes from a family with a history of having the disease.
Rheumatoid arthritis is the second most-common form of arthritis. It is an autoimmune disorder that occurs when the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks certain tissues in the body.
The immune system can begin to eat away at the synovium — soft tissue in the joints which provides nutrients to the cartilage and lubricates joints. When the synovium is severely damaged, the cartilage will begin to degrade. Researchers are still trying to understand what causes rheumatoid arthritis.
How Visiting Our Fareham Chiropractors Can Help
Although visiting our Fareham chiropractors will not result in a cure for your arthritis, it can relieve the pain that arthritis causes. In addition to providing pain management, chiropractic care can also:
- Reduce inflammation in the affected joint
- Improve your range of motion
- Increase the flexibility of your joints
- Help you enjoy a more active lifestyle
When you visit Homewood Chiropractic Clinic, you will receive a gentle and non-invasive treatment known as a chiropractic adjustment. Chiropractic adjustments address misalignments in the spine and arthritic joints in order to improve joint function. It also improves the function of the nervous system which can reduce inflammation and help the body deal with the common symptoms of arthritis.
Is Chiropractic Care Safe?
Chiropractic care is a safe and non-invasive form of complementary medicine. It does not involve the use of prescription drugs or over-the-counter medications, so it is also non-addictive. The safety and efficacy of chiropractic treatments is the reason why so many of our patients at Homewood Chiropractic Clinic return to visit our clinic for treatment.
However, it is important to note that chiropractors may not be able to treat certain types of arthritis. If you have an inflammatory condition that is triggering your arthritis, like rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, or ankylosing spondylitis — certain treatments may not be appropriate. That’s why it is always important to share your medical history with your chiropractor.
Additionally, chiropractic care may not be possible if you have a fused spine or severe osteoporosis in the spine or neck. When you visit our clinic, we will be able to assess your condition to determine if chiropractic treatment is appropriate for your condition.
To assess if chiropractic care is appropriate for you, your chiropractor will perform an extensive consultation and examination. If necessary, we may recommend an X-ray or MRI to assess the health of your musculoskeletal system.
We will then recommend a treatment plan. Your plan may include a combination of chiropractic therapies and treatments from other medical professionals including massage therapists and your general practitioner.
To learn more about what you can expect when you visit our chiropractic clinic in Fareham, visit our What to Expect page on our website.
If you have any further queries regarding Homewood Chiropractic, or if you are a new patient and would like to make a booking with us, please feel free to call us on 01329 280283 or email us via the enquiry form and we will help you with any queries you may have.