Upper Cervical Chiropractic and Arthritis Treatment

Upper cervical chiropractic is a viable means of reducing the pain of arthritis. Arthritis is not a condition you can easily shrug aside, because it causes deterioration of your bone structure over time, which in turn results in increasing levels of pain as your immune system reacts to the damage. So how does chiropractic care help? First, let’s look at what arthritis is and what causes it.

 What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is an inflammatory condition caused by damage to your joints and infection of the synovial fluid that lubricates them. It results in pain in the affected joints when you move them – or try to move them! It also causes stiffness and a limited range of movement which becomes more extreme as the condition progresses. It can affect any region of your body where movement of joints between bones is needed.
Examples are fingers, knees and hips, the regions of your body that are the most commonly affected by arthritis.  It can also affect your elbow, shoulder and the various joints in your feet. Every area of your body can get a form of arthritis that is given a different name, including your spine. There are two distinct types of arthritis, namely osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.  They have two distinctly different causes.
Osteoarthritis:  Also referred to as degenerative joint disease, osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis that results from repeated use of and pressure on the joint.  It is common in athletes and other sportspersons who have put a great deal of pressure on their joints over long periods of time.
Jumpers, football players and runners are prime example of those who would expect to suffer osteoarthritis in later years. Osteoarthritis does not come on quickly, but occurs mainly in the elderly as an accumulation of a lifetime’s wear and tear. This wear and tear is accelerated in athletes and those who compete in many different sports.
Autoimmune Arthritis: This is caused by a problem with your autoimmune system. The most common form is rheumatoid arthritis. Fundamentally, what happens is that your immune system attacks your own joints for some reason. Psoriatic arthritis is another form of arthritis caused by the autoimmune system.
Septic Arthritis: This is caused by a virus or bacterium infecting and attacking the joint. This is not as common as those above, but you should be aware of it.

Upper Cervical Chiropractic and Arthritis

A chiropractor can reduce or even remove back pain that is caused by a spinal column that is not correctly aligned. So how would that help arthritis in your knee, or in your fingers? The reason is that chiropractors do not just adjust the bones in your spinal column, but we also help you with exercises and diets that help to reduce inflammation – and by managing inflammation, you will also reduce the pain of arthritis.
In fact, chiropractors have had a lot of success in helping patients manage the pain of arthritis. The anti-inflammatory drugs used by physicians can have side-effects. Among these is damage to the lining of the stomach, leading to bleeding. Internal bleeding is lot more serious than the pain the anti-inflammatory drug is trying to cure.

Chiropractic and Arthritis Treatment

A chiropractor can assist you to manage your pain naturally, with resorting to potentially dangerous drugs or medicaments. We can improve your flexibility, increase your muscle tone and your strength and help get you onto an anti-inflammatory diet that will itself help your condition. Strange as it may seem to you, exercise is another important aspect of treating arthritis.
If you have found the medication given to you does not help, then try a visit to a local chiropractor. You may be pleasantly surprised with the results.  Even better, call us and we will discuss your condition with you and give you an honest answer regarding our ability to help. If you prefer to it in writing, which many do, then email us at info@getwellga.blairchiropractic.com  or use our Contact Page Here where you can call us or fill in our online form.
 
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