May is National Arthritis Awareness Month! Arthritis is a joint disorder featuring inflammation. A joint is an area of the body where two different bones meet. The joint functions to move the body parts connected by its bones. Arthritis literally means inflammation of one or more joints. Often arthritis is accompanied by joint pain which often leads people to seek treatment in a variety of places such as medications, surgery, and chiropractic care. Hopefully this blog will give you all the information you need to convince yourself to check out a chiropractor for your pesky arthritis.
What can Chiropractic do for your Arthritis?
First, let’s take it back to the basics. Chiropractors work with the joints of the spine and extremities. When inflammation is present in the body, certain chemicals are released by the body and it starts to deposit calcium in the joint, causing bone spurs and other problems that cause the joints to break down. Unfortunately, arthritis can’t be cured, even by chiropractic. What chiropractors can do is prevent the damage arthritis creates. If a joint is fixated and out of alignment, it’s not working the way it should. The stuck or uneven surfaces will begin to grind. This grinding causes inflammation, leading to arthritis and if left untreated, joint damage results.
If chiropractors can allow for proper alignment and function, we will have stopped the process that was causing the arthritis in the first place. Studies show that when a joint is stuck for seven days or longer, it causes microtears in the disc. These tears mean the disc is breaking down and decaying, causing arthritis.We’ll make sure your joints are never fixated for more than those crucial seven days, preventing deterioration. We suggest arthritis patients see us regularly, and will make your personalized recommendations for care after thoroughly assessing your case.
To see if chiropractic care is right for your condition, we at Dr. Gene Ross’s Chiropractic Office will perform a consultation, examination and if necessary, refer you out for diagnostic imaging such as x-ray or MRI. Based on the findings of our chiropractic exam and consultation, your doctor of chiropractic may elect to co-treat your arthritis with other healthcare professionals including massage therapists, physical therapists or other primary care physicians.