3 Ways Chiropractic Care Can Help with Arthritis Pain

Arthritis is inflammation or wear and tear of the joints over time that can lead to crippling pain throughout the body.  Arthritis symptoms may include joint swelling, pain, stiffness, or decreased range of motion.  There are different types of arthritis, such as inflammatory arthritis (caused by inflammation), degenerative arthritis (caused by wear and tear), metabolic arthritis, or infectious arthritis (caused by bacteria or fungus). Whatever type of arthritis you suffer from, the fact of the matter is that it can be extremely painful and affect your overall quality of life.  Arthritis can worsen over time, meaning the sooner you address symptoms, the better the overall outcome.  Chiropractic care from a Dunwoody chiropractor is a great way to manage arthritis symptoms naturally to get to the root cause of the problem.

Decrease Inflammation

Spinal alignments affect the central nervous system and decreases the body’s ability to function optimally.  Nerve interference can interrupt communication throughout the body, leading to health concerns such as inflammation in the joints.  Gentle adjustments from Dr. Esther Widjaja of Phoenix Chiropractic will remove spinal misalignments to restore nerve function and reduce inflammation so that arthritis sufferers can experience relief.  A study of a 66-year-old woman with rheumatoid arthritis found that her symptoms were resolved and she was able to resume normal activities after just 4 visits to a chiropractor.

Improve Joint Mobility

One of the main causes of arthritis pain is due to wear and tear over time.  The older we get, the more of a toll movement takes on our bodies and our joints.  Cartilage between the joints can wear away, leaving nothing but bone to absorb the pressure and shock of our movements.  This friction is what eventually leads to stiffness, pain, and swelling associated with arthritis.  Spinal alignments only add to arthritis pain as they can increase friction between joints or lead to other health concerns that can worsen arthritis pain.  Thankfully, Dunwoody chiropractor Dr. Esther Widjaja can help.  In fact, a study conducted involving 14 patients with osteoarthritis of the hip found that chiropractic care greatly reduced pain and increased mobility.  Daily function was improved so much that many could return to normal activities such as exercising or playing sports.

Provide a Long-Term Solution

Different types of medications or therapies, such as anti-inflammatory medications or hot and cold therapies, can help provide short-term relief for arthritis pain.  But arthritis pain will usually return, sometimes worse than before, after pain medications wear off or you discontinue therapies.  Chiropractic care seeks to address the initial cause of arthritis pain through proper spinal alignment and improved nervous system function.  By correcting spinal alignment, the body can function optimally so that you can experience increased range of motion and decrease inflammation and pain throughout the body.  You will find that your quality of life is improved and your pain is decreased with regular visits to Dunwoody chiropractor Dr. Esther Widjaja.

If arthritis pain is keeping you down, seek chiropractic care.  Contact Dr. Widjaja of Phoenix Chiropractic today to experience long-lasting relief.

 

 

Sources

Thorman, P., Dixner, A., Sundberg, T. “Effects of chiropractic care on pain and function in patients with hip osteoarthritis waiting for arthroplasty: a clinical pilot trial.” Journal of manipulative and physiological therapeutics, 2010 Jul-Aug; 33(6): 438-44. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20732581/

Chung, C.L.R., Mior,S.A. ”Use of spinal manipulation in a rheumatoid patient presenting with acute thoracic pain: a case report.” The Journal of Canadian Chiropractic Association, 2015 Jun; 59(2): 143-149. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4486984/