How to Get Relief from Your Arthritis Pain
Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with arthritis? Waking up every day with debilitating pain and joint inflammation is a disheartening experience. Despite striking more than 50 million Americans, arthritis is a misunderstood disease. Many myths surround the conditions of arthritis. The most common myth is that arthritis is just a disease of old age. In fact, arthritis is a complex family of musculoskeletal disorders consisting of more than 100 different diseases or conditions that can affect people of all ages, races and genders. According to www.arthritis.org, two thirds of people diagnosed with arthritis in the U.S. are under the age of 65, including 300,000 children.
The Three Types
Three common forms of arthritis are Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid and Juvenile. Fibromyalgia and gout are common additional conditions that may arise due to arthritis. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States. Although arthritis is a serious health problem, relief is available with effective treatment.
Understanding the Causes
Arthritis, which involves the breakdown of cartilage, can be caused by general “wear and tear”, or may result from autoimmune disease, a broken bone, or infection. Symptoms can include joint pain and inflammation as well as fatigue. Both cartilage (a rubber-like material that cushions bones during movement) and synovial fluid (a lubricant that mobilizes the joint in movement) can deteriorate due to years of use, injury or other processes in the body. As a result, the bones may rub directly together inside the joint leading to stiffness and pain during movement.
Treatment Options: Chiropractic Care
There are many different areas to consider when treating and managing arthritis. Education, nutrition and exercise, as well as protecting your joints are all part of the process. Anti-inflammatory medications can help manage symptoms. Another option for pain management and improved movement is chiropractic care. Chiropractic treatment deals with treating and preventing musculoskeletal system disorders as well as the effects of those disorders on the nervous system and general health. Chiropractic care for arthritis begins with an exam and x-rays. The goal of chiropractic care is to minimize damage, slow the pace of the condition, and minimize pain. Once the chiropractor has evaluated your condition, a treatment plan can be designed to fit your specific needs.
At Whitfield Chiropractic Clinic, there are a number of treatment modalities specifically designed to give you relief from the pain and inflammation that comes with arthritis:
- Nutritional Counseling – to assist your body in strengthening its immune system and enhancing your return to optimal health.
- Vibration Therapy – which creates an environment for low-impact exercise.
- Corrective Exercises – that can build strength and flexibility.
- Foot Levelers – Custom made orthotic insoles made to correct posture and take unnecessary pressure of certain joints.
If you want to experience pain relief, take action now by calling Dr. Whitfield, DC, a Tallahassee Chiropractor, at (850) 878-6233. Or make an appointment online here. We are located at 1216 Miccosukee Road Tallahassee, FL 32308.