Joint pain is a common ailment as we get older, especially for women. Back pain is especially common, as is pain in the legs, hips, hands, knees and feet. Sometimes joint inflammation will go away after the cause is treated; however, if it does not, you likely have chronic arthritis.
Doctors often make a blanket diagnosis of arthritis, which is an inflammation of the joints that results in stiffness and pain; however, many patients do not realize there are at least 100 types of arthritis. Here are some of the more common forms of arthritis for which many patients see a chiropractor for relief.
This is the most frequently diagnosed form of arthritis. It happens after the cartilage in between the bones in the joint breaks down. This can cause discomfort and pain as the bones grind against each other. Osteoarthritis is typically caused by repetitive use, aging, family history and being overweight.
This common autoimmune disorder of the joints frequently flares up between the ages of 30 and 50. People with rheumatoid arthritis experience redness, swelling and a warm feeling in the wrists, fingers and feet. This disorder can be severe and affect one’s ability to hold a job and carry on a normal life.
Additional frequently diagnosed forms of arthritis include:
- Crystal arthritis, gout, pseudogout
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Bacterial infections
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (in children)
- Psoriatic arthritis
- Reactive arthritis (Reiter syndrome)
- Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
How Chiropractic Care Can Help
Based on the form and severity of your arthritis, doctors may recommend physical therapy and prescribe medication to reduce swelling and ease pain.
Seeing a chiropractor for your back pain or leg pain can be beneficial. If you have already been diagnosed with arthritis, a chiropractor can reduce your pain and help you regain mobility. They also may help delay the development of your arthritis.
Chiropractic care can also be useful in preventing arthritis. Chiropractors will encourage habits and behaviors to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle, including diet, exercise and weight maintenance.
Chiropractic adjustments aid in keeping your spine aligned properly. It also keeps your nervous system, which runs the immune system, operating at an optimum level.
If you have arthritis and are looking for treatments for your back pain or leg pain, contact us. Our Scarsdale clinic can help you experience long-lasting pain relief.