Many people associate chiropractic care with high-velocity corrections to the spine, but there are actually many soft tissue therapies common in chiropractic care. These therapies can address the multiple effects of arthritis that stem from inflammation and damage to the joint. As the inflammation within the joint increases, the surrounding supports such as ligaments, muscles, and tendons are put under additional stress.
By working the joint in a gentle way, the alignment in the systems surrounding the joint is restored, and the pain lessened.
Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis
Arthritis is most commonly associated with aging, but it can occur at any point in a person’s life. The two most common forms of arthritis are rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis (OA). The most common symptoms of these types of arthritis are joint pain, inflammation, and stiffness. Some people experience loss of range of motion and redness surrounding the joints. These symptoms can appear suddenly or develop slowly over time and increase in severity.
In the case of RA, the disease’s main cause is an autoimmune disorder, so there are additional symptoms. As the disease progresses, the body’s own immune response attacks an essential component of joint healing – synovium. Synovium is the soft tissue that provides joint lubrication and nutrients for the cartilage that cushions and protects the bones within the joint.
As the synovium degrades, it has a cascading effect, leading to the degradation of both the cartilage and the bone it surrounds. In addition to the joint problems, patients report fatigue, loss of appetite, fever, and can develop blood issues such as anemia. Left untreated, RA can result in severe joint deformity and lead to immobility of the affected joints.
In contrast, OA develops over time due to wear and tear on the cartilage. A degenerative disease, OA is the most common form of arthritis, and injury or infection can hasten the cartilage’s breakdown, leading to the effects of the disease. Hereditary predisposition plays a role in contracting OA, and other risk factors, such as obesity and poor posture, can increase the risk of contracting the disease as well. Symptoms of OA include pain and stiffness in the joints, especially in the hands, knees, hips, and back, although any joint can be affected. Over time, the pain and swelling increase to the point that they interfere with daily activity, with the joints becoming excruciatingly sensitive to touch.
If you are looking for natural treatment for arthritis that doesn’t depend on strong medications, then chiropractic care might be the solution you are seeking. Contact our office today to schedule your free consultation.