Can Chiropractic Care Help Manage Arthritic Pain?
Osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis, is a painful and debilitating disease that destroys the cartilage in your joints. Once the cartilage is worn away, bones rub against each other causing tissue damage and pain. Although it is a common disease, it isn’t well understood.
To begin with, there are over 100 different types of arthritic conditions that people of all ages, races and gender deal with. Typically thought of as something that affects the older generation, arthritis can strike young children as well.
Typical Osteoarthritic Symptoms Include:
- Joint pain
- Decreased range of motion
One standard treatment for arthritis pain is non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS: i.e. aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen) administered orally or topically. British researchers recently compared topical NSAIDS with a placebo and found that the topical NSAIDS were more effective than placebo in relieving pain for only two weeks before becoming ineffective. Oral NSAIDS were more effective than topical NSAIDS but often produced unwanted side effects like upset or bleeding stomach, ulcer, liver damage and kidney damage.
People will often tell you that these medicines, by themselves, don’t always manage the pain effectively. So what are the alternatives, or additions to medication? How can you regain your previous quality of life?
Many people are turning to chiropractic adjustment…
In the not so far distant past, people shied away from chiropractors fearing the “back cracking” treatments. But chiropractic treatment over the last several years has proven itself a very helpful treatment by itself or as an addition to medical treatment for many conditions. Doctors are now recommending chiropractic care as an alternative or add on to the medical help their patients are receiving.
For those of you suffering with osteoarthritis, chiropractic care can often offer positive results in as short a time period as 2 weeks.
- If your arthritis is caused by spinal misalignment, gentle spinal manipulations can be very helpful in decreasing your pain.
- If your arthritis is neurologically related, chiropractic adjustments can relieve the strain on your nervous system, which allows it to relax and heal.
If you suffer from osteoarthritis, regular chiropractic adjustments can help manage your pain and discomfort without the side effects that drugs often cause. Maintaining motion in your arthritic joints through chiropractic care increases joint lubrication, which improves nutrition to the cartilage and joint function. This leads to longer joint life and less pain.
Don’t let the pain and discomfort from arthritis get you down and destroy your quality of life, Contact Us today and start your journey to feeling better.