Arthritis Treatment With Chiropractic Care
Arthritis is a debilitating medical condition. Often, family history plays a role in diagnosing the disease as certain types of arthritis run deep in a person's ancestry. Immediate relief from arthritis pain is possible at Spinal Health Center of West Monroe through a wide variety of treatment options using chiropractic, manual and palliative therapies.
What is Arthritis?
Easily, arthritis may be the most misdiagnosed medical condition. The problem with accurately diagnosing arthritis is that there aren't just one or two distinct symptoms. Inflammation begins in the joint as other symptoms including extended tightness in the surrounding muscles, stiffness in the joint from repetitive use, along with acute onset of pain and discomfort. At first, these symptoms can just limit a person's range of motion, but they will inevitably lead down the path towards permanent disability if left untreated. As we learn more about arthritis, we need to differentiate between the different types of the disease.
Common Types of Arthritis
The most common types of arthritis found in patients are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Each affects a person's joint and effectively destroys its flexibility and range of motion over time.
Osteoarthritis causes cartilage to break down due to repeated usage. Cartilage is a hard, slippery tissue that covers the ends of a series of bones that form a joint. Its primary responsibility is cushioning a joint from frictionless motion, but the gradual wear-and-tear will promote bone-on-bone grinding. This will cause pain and restrict a person's movement. Soon thereafter, osteoarthritis, or joint inflammation, will form.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a condition in which a person's immune system attacks their joints. Usually, in the lining found inside the joint's capsule. Often, the membrane becomes swollen and inflamed. Eventually, rheumatoid arthritis will destroy the cartilage and bones of the joint.
How is Arthritis Diagnosed?
As an essential, primary-care professional, a chiropractor takes great pride in their ability to structurally and functionally evaluate a person's body. Having an excellent understanding of human anatomy, the adept and experienced chiropractor can instantly make diagnoses and offer immediate treatment recommendations, if necessary.
At your first scheduled appointment, a chiropractor will perform a full examination. This could include using diagnostic imaging such as an X-Ray or Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). All these tools will help a chiropractor to be more definitive in identifying and treating the mechanical causes of your arthritis.
How Chiropractic Care Helps to Manage & Treat Arthritis
Chiropractic care can provide non-invasive, non-addictive treatment options that relieve pain and discomfort in a patient suffering from arthritis. This is accomplished by a chiropractor using several different chiropractic techniques to adjust the movement of the joint and mobilizations of the soft tissues affecting the damaged joint, reducing the joint restriction and inflammation.
An experienced chiropractor understands that misalignments of the spine promote joint restriction and the use of chiropractic care will improve this function. Extended treatment will reduce inflammation and improve the range of motion of the joint. As the patient gains more flexibility we consistently see patients who regain their abilities to increase outdoor and social activities.
However, if your arthritis is more advanced, the experienced chiropractor will recommend more specific manual therapies and site specific deep tissue work before implementing spinal manipulation and extremity adjustments in the region surrounding the arthritic joint. So much depends upon the severity of arthritis. We will use alternative and conservative treatment options to get the pain under control.
Call Spinal Health Center of West Monroe at (318) 322-2250 or visit spinalhealthcenterwm.com to schedule your initial appointment today.
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