How Chiropractic Care Helps Arthritis & Osteoarthritis
What is Arthritis & Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It is caused by the cartilage that cushions joints wearing down over time. That’s why it’s also sometimes called degenerative joint disease or wear-and-tear arthritis. Whatever you call it, when you have this painful condition your bones rub against each other causing pain and inflammation.
Arthritis & Osteoarthritis Treatments
Experts recommend a variety of medication-free ways to lessen the effects of osteoarthritis:
Losing weight for less strain on your joints
Staying active to maintain joint mobility
Avoiding repetitive tasks that work the same body parts over and over
Resting your joints after heavy lifting and strenuous exercise
Getting chiropractic care for prevention and to treat existing arthritis conditions
How Chiropractors Help Arthritis
A big part of chiropractic therapy is to adjust misaligned joints thereby improving the relationship between the spine, muscles and nervous system. Chiropractic joint treatments can slow down degeneration, lubricate the joints and restore mobility which can become difficult with joint pain.
Even if the joints are too inflamed at a given session to be worked on, treating the surrounding areas can be extremely beneficial to alleviate pain. For example, if your hip joint is causing pain and therefore precipitating you to walk with an awkward gait, you could be creating problems such as tightness and spasms in your back and knees. These areas can then be helped with chiropractic adjustments.
If you are already being treated by a rheumatologist for your arthritis, visiting a chiropractor regularly can be a very helpful complementary therapy. Since there are no medications involved in chiropractic care, you don’t have to worry about any interactions with existing treatments.
Chiropractors in Gaithersburg, MD
Dr. Levi is here to help with results-based chiropractic care. He can help you gain mobility, ease pain and, in some cases and if treatments start early enough, prevent osteoarthritis altogether. Get the arthritis condition treatment you need today so you can eliminate years of pain and immobility tomorrow.