What types of arthritis are there?
Osteoarthritis is caused by a variety of factors
Rheumatoid/Psoriatic are usually an immune driven condition
Septic arthritis is from an infection that causes the arthritis
Gout is caused often by lifestyle factors
What does arthritis feel like?
Most often patients will complain of symptoms like joint pain, stiffness, tenderness achiness and inflammation. In the later phases complaints can extend to weakness, instability and deformities of various descriptions.
Arthritis doesn’t discriminate and can affect most of the joints of the body. Depending on the type of arthritis, the pain can be isolated to one joint or multiple joints, small and large, from fingers to shoulders including spinal regions
What treatments are available for arthritis?
Basic self-care is important. Some of the aging of the spine and body is normal just like grey hair. But its good to do a little self-maintenance and try and keep the risk factors as low as possible. A lot of the treatment for arthritis can be done from home and getting control over what you can control. Having a healthy lifestyle, a strong immune system and keeping as active as possible are all important factors
Can chiropractors help with arthritis?
Absolutely! A chiropractor can help keep you moving and this is one of the major ways to prevent the progression of arthritis. As well as ideas regarding the following:
- Weight Management
- Heat bags/hydrotherapy
- Core Stability
- Biomechanical assessments