Simply put, Arthritis refers to the inflammation of a joint. There are over 200 different types with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis being the most common. According to Joint Health, more than four and a half million people have arthritis in Canada, that’s roughly around 1 in every 6 Canadian.
In this article, we’ll take a look at what arthritis is; its degenerative properties, and how the process can be slowed down with the help of chiropractic treatments.
What is Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis results in joint inflammation which is different from osteoarthritis though both result in swelling, warmth, and pain. In rheumatoid arthritis, the inflammation is symmetrical, which means that it occurs simultaneously on both sides of a body such as the knees, hands, or wrists.
Other symptoms include low-grade fever, ongoing fatigue, or joint stiffness which happens after periods of inactivity or when waking up in the morning. Such symptoms gradually develop over the years but the rate of development may differ from one person to another.
Osteoarthritis generally develops in the joints of the spine, hips, and knees. It can also occur in the fingers; however, areas such as the ankle, elbow, and wrist are usually unaffected except in cases of injury.
Also referred to as degenerative joint disease or “wear and tear” arthritis, osteoarthritis is a progressive breakdown of the joints’ natural shock-absorbers. This is what causes discomfort in the affected areas. While the majority of people that have osteoarthritis are over 60, it can also affect people that are in their 20s or 30s.
How Chiropractic Care Helps Those with Arthritis
Chiropractic care is a tried and tested method of relieving arthritic pain. For example, different chiropractic treatments were shown to relieve hip osteoarthritis pain in a 70-year-old patient. Routine chiropractic care is a non-invasive, safe, and non-addictive alternative to OTC pain medications and other prescription opioids.
An example is chiropractic adjustments that help adjust misalignments and reduce joint restrictions in the spine and other various joints of the body. By improving the nervous systems’ functioning capability and enhancing joint mobility, the body can better deal with arthritic symptoms.
The following are some of the benefits of chiropractic care:
- Improved range of motion
- Improved flexibility
- Increased lifestyle and activity
- Decreased discomfort and pain
- Decreased inflammation
Arthritis can be a debilitating and painful disease, but it doesn’t always have to be that way. Divergent Health Group offers chiropractic treatments in Calgary. The center is home to some of the most skilled chiropractors that adopt a compassionate approach when it comes to treating patients. Contact them today for more information.