Arthritis Is An Inflammation Of The Joints!
An arthritis is most commonly seen in adults over the age of 65, but it can also develop in children, teens, and younger adults. Arthritis is a joint disorder featuring inflammation. Inflammatory and noninflammatory arthritis are the two most common forms of the condition.
An arthritis is classified as one of the rheumatic diseases. The major risk factors for most forms of arthritis are genes that are inherited from ancestors. Arthrosis and Arthritis are conditions that affect your bones, ligaments, and joints.
The primary risk factors for triggering rheumatoid arthritis are thought to be genetic, environmental, hormonal, and even certain lifestyle factors like smoking and obesity.
Although the word “arthritis” means joint inflammation, the term is used to describe around 200 rheumatic diseases and conditions that affect joints, the tissues that surround the joint, and other connective tissue.
What is arthritis?
Rheumatic conditions are typically characterized by pain, aching, stiffness and swelling in and around one or more joints. The symptoms can develop gradually or suddenly. Certain rheumatic conditions can also involve the immune system and various internal organs of the body.6
Some forms of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus (SLE), can affect multiple organs and cause widespread symptoms.
Arthritis is more common among adults aged 65 years or older, but people of all ages (including children) can be affected. Read more here.
Chiropractors Do More Than Adjustments
Dr. Hayden agrees that inflamed joints should be “off-limits,” but notes that chiropractors offer several adjunctive therapies that can help.
- Ultrasound. Many think of ultrasound as imaging technology, but when applied to soft tissues and joints, sound waves can also produce a massaging effect that helps reduce swelling and decrease pain and stiffness.
- Electrotherapy. These tiny electric pulses are not painful. They treat soft tissue injuries by stimulating nerves and muscles.
- Low-level laser or “cold laser.” This technique uses a non-heat-producing laser or light that penetrates deep into the tissue, sometimes reducing inflammation.
- Infrared sauna. Imagine having a hot compress warm up your joints from the inside. These rooms use controlled amounts of heat to relieve pain and increase circulation. See more here.
People with an arthritis are also at increased risk of depression, which may be a response to numerous factors, including fear of worsening symptoms.
Arthritis is a condition that often creeps up on us as we age. Over 4.6 million Canadians are affected by arthritis. While there is no cure for it, there are treatments available through your chiropractor that can definitely help manage the chronic pain associated with the condition.
Some forms of arthritis, like rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are characterized by periods of activity and remission. With RA, treatment of the active phase is focused on suppression of the inflammatory process through prescription drugs. In the remission phase, the focus of treatment is the maintenance of joint function. It is in this phase where your chiropractor can help.
Chiropractors can assist those with rheumatoid arthritis by;
- helping them improve their range of motion.
- improving flexibility and endurance.
- increasing muscle tone and strength.
- providing diet and nutritional advice and supplements to address inflammation. Check full article here.
Treatments For An Arthritis Can Be Specific To The Type Of Arthritis
Actually, an arthritis is not a single disease; it is an informal way of referring to joint pain or joint disease. Both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis are more prevalent in women than in men. Despite that, people with arthritis are less likely to be physically active than those without arthritis.
Arthrosis and many other types of an arthritis are more common in older people. Causes Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis are caused by different issues with different risk factors. Understanding the causes and risk factors of arthritis can help you and your chiropractor takes preventive measures, call us here: (619) 831-8777.