Arthritic Joint Pain

People often talk about wear and tear of the joints, however, in reality this can occur in many different forms.

There are several types of arthritis and it can affect people of all ages, however, it mainly develops after the age of 40. The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which is when there are irreversible, degenerative changes in the joints. As we get older we develop degenerative arthritis at varying rates depending on our past history. There are many factors that can lead to arthritis, for example:

  • History of trauma to the joint
  • Inactivity
  • Incorrect posture
  • Prolonged repetitive activity or overuse
  • Poor diet

Depending on the type of arthritis, the symptoms can vary. The most common symptoms, however, include:

  • Pain; this is the most common symptom. Arthritic pains tend to be dull and achy, but they can be sharp at times.
  • Stiffness; another very common sign of arthritis is stiffness and this tends to be most noticeable in the hands, back, and neck.
  • Joint creaking; also known as crepitus, joint creaking can often not only be felt but can be heard when moving.
  • Deformity; usually a later sign, arthritis can cause a noticeable change in the joint shape and is most common in the fingers knees.
  • Swelling; most often occurring in the knees, arthritis can cause joints to swell, particularly after a long day of activity.

If properly addressed and treated early, chiropractic care can reduce the risks of developing arthritis or, alternatively, can minimise the amount of pain already being suffered.

Chiropractic care cannot reverse the structural changes that have occurred in the joints, however, treatments are aimed at reducing inflammation and improving muscular strength and joint mobility.  This, in many cases, can be enough to ease your discomfort and improve quality of your life so, if you are looking for a safe, gentle and effective solution to your arthritic joint problem contact us today.

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