Arthritis is a joint stiffness that occurs in any part of your body as part of growing older, repetitive injuries to an area, general wear and tear or from an underlying autoimmune disease. Chiropractors treat your joints to help increase mobility and decrease pain.
Arthritic complaints can vary from their diagnosis to the way in which their symptoms present. There are many different types of arthritis, Osteoarthritis (A.K.A. "wear and tear") and Rheumatoid Arthritis are some of the more commonly known and more commonly seen arthritic complaints that present in practice. These types of arthritis typically give pain in different locations of the body, such as the extremities most commonly the wrists and fingers known as the carpal-metacarpal joints and the metacarpal-phalangeal joints. Other areas commonly affected by Osteoarthritis are, the spine, feet, knees and hips.
Osteoarthritis has begun to affect people in younger ages than it previously ever has, i.e. people in their 20's and 30's and this is due to the more sedentary life that society as a whole has, and the rise of the technological era (Sitting at computers and looking at mobile phones and tablets).
Some other types of Arthritis are, Psoriatic Arthritis, Gout, Lupus, and in more recent years Fibromyalgia has been integrated into the arthritic diagnostic group.
Signs & Symptoms
Aches and pains into the extremities
Achy pain into joints
Increased pain in colder weather
Stiffness in the morning
Stiffness in joints (especially fingers and wrists)
Repetitive pain in the same area
Lack of joint mobility
How does Chiropractic Help?
Chiropractic focuses on the manual manipulation and mobilisation of joints, which in turn increases the range of movement within a joint by bringing it back to its normal alignment. By increasing the mobility of a joint the pain experienced by the patient decreases which helps with day to day movements. Chiropractors use various techniques in order to treat patient’s suffering from arthritic complaints, ranging from manual chiropractic adjustments to softer mobilisation techniques depending on the patient and the arthritic condition they present with.