Arthritis is a common illness that is not well understood but 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 is 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, ect.) 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. Arthritis can affect people of all ages, genders, and races. This disease is one of the leading disability cases in the US. According to statistics, there are over 50 million adults and about 300,000 children living with some type of arthritis. Arthritis affects more women than men and is more frequent in older people.
Symptoms Of Arthritis
The most common symptoms of arthritis are swelling, stiffness, pain and a significant decrease in range of motion. In most cases, these symptoms come and go. They might be severe, moderate, or mild. Most patients have reported that the symptoms stay the same for years, but there are cases where they progress over time. Severe arthritis is known to cause chronic pain leading to the inability to handle daily activities. For instance, walking and climbing the stairs can become a difficult task.
There are situations where arthritis causes permanent changes to the patient’s joints. Some of these changes are visible like the knobby finger joints. Often, the changes are only visible through an X-ray. There are types of arthritis that will affect the kidneys, heart, skin, joints, eyes and lungs.
The following are the different types of arthritis that commonly affect people:
- Degenerative arthritis: Also known as osteoarthritis, degenerative arthritis is the most common and affects the cushioning between bones leaving them to rub against each other.
- Inflammatory arthritis – Causes uncontrolled inflammation that leads to joint erosion and internal organ damage.
- Infectious arthritis – This is when a fungus, virus, or bacterium enters the joint and cause inflammation.
- Metabolic arthritis – This is as a result of excessive production of uric acid, and this forms needle-like crystals in the joints leading to extreme pain and gout attacks.
Chiropractic physicians often dont 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 in can interfere with normal ranges of motion and flexibility which our obvious. Diagnostic imaging such as xrays and MRI can be used to confirm such findings and will be ordered by your Chiropractor if necessary.
The Botti Chiropractic & Wellness Approach
There are many things that can be done to help relieve the symptoms of 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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