If there is one illness that many people do not understand, it’s arthritis. Our clinical experience seems to suggest that it often affects individuals who put constant and repetitive physical strains on their body, either due to work or recreational hobby. Being overweight also tends to put significant and chronic load-bearing stress over time. The analogy we often use is that if a joint is being abnormally stressed over time, the body will respond by trying to stabilize the joint with additional bone growth (arthritis, bone spurs, etc.) or the joint will simply begin to degenerate and change from its normal structure. These changes in function and structure can also occur from more complicated forms of arthritis. Simply put, this illness does not have a preference as to who can be affected. No matter the age, gender, or even race, everyone can be at risk. However, studies have proven that women seem to be more susceptible than men. Today, arthritis is known as one of the leading causes of disability in the United States of America with over 50 million adults affected. To see the full scope of this disease, there are even 300,000 children impacted by arthritis as well.
When it comes to arthritis, some common symptoms that an individual may notice is inflammation or swelling in a targeted area or stiffness or the inability to have a full range of motion. For many people, these symptoms are temporary or short-lasting. In other words, they reoccur but dissipate after a period of time. Depending on the degree of disease, the discomfort or pain could range between mild and severe. Most people who are complaining about the above symptoms, experience them for years; however, they progressively have gotten worse. To be clear, those severe arthritis is noted to be chronic pain, effectively preventing an individual from performing or accomplishing daily tasks.
There are situations where arthritis causes permanent changes to the patient’s joints. Through utilizing an X-ray, these situations are made visible, like that of knobby finger joints. It’s almost important to know that this disease is not only focused on joints. It can be found and impact one’s kidney, lungs, and even the heart.
Below is a list of the most common types of arthritis that people experience today:
- Degenerative arthritis: Out of all the different types of arthritis, this is the most common. Many people may also refer to degenerative arthritis as osteoarthritis. This type directly impacts the cushion between bones, causing friction and tension.
- Inflammatory arthritis – This type of arthritis is responsible for creating inflammation, forcing the damage and erosion of one’s joints or organs.
- Infectious arthritis – As the name implies, this occurs when a bacteria, virus, or even fungus access one’s joints, causing inflammation in the targeted area.
- Metabolic arthritis – This occurs when there is a build-up or significant creation of uric acid in the human body. This acid forms crystals in the joints, which can cause problems with gout and extreme pain.
How to Diagnose
Chiropractic physicians often don’t need special imaging to diagnosis arthritis or degenerative changes as motion interference is an obvious sign. In other words, we know how something should and should not move. When arthritis is more advanced it can interfere with normal ranges of motion and flexibility which are obvious. Diagnostic imaging such as X-rays and MRI can be used to confirm such findings and will be ordered by your Chiropractor if necessary.
The Botti Chiropractic & Wellness Approach
Fortunately, there are different ways and approaches that can be made towards relieving the discomfort or pain from arthritis. In our clinical experience, however, arthritis doesn’t directly contribute to pain as often as many people think. Often times degenerative and arthritic changes come about through chronic poor posture and poor biomechanics which stress the joints over time. At Botti Chiropractic & Wellness, your physician will put you through a thorough series of tests to identify specifically what is contributing to your pain symptoms and eliminate the effect that the arthritis is having on your condition by restoring faulty movement patterns, improving biomechanics and posture, and strengthening areas around affected areas to minimize arthritic involvement. Many of our patients come in with a preconceived notion that arthritis is the direct cause of their pain, and have been managing such with prescription medication or routine procedures – however when their pain is gone they often end up thankful and surprised that they came to see us.
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