How Chiropractors Can Help with Arthritis
Arthritis is a condition where there is inflammation that can affect one or more joints, with the most common type being osteoarthritis. Victoria, BC Chiropractor Dr. Stephanie Louie is an expert at diagnosing and treating arthritis and notes that symptoms can range from pain, stiffness, swelling, redness and a decrease in your range of motion. In order to understand osteoarthritis, it is important to understand some general anatomy of the joint. Your joints are made of bone, cartilage and other materials. The purpose for the cartilage in your joints allows yours bones to glide over each other as the joint flexes and extends without damaging the bone. Cartilage is also designed to absorb shock between the joints. Since cartilage has no or little nerve supply, the stress that gets exerted on it from our day to day activities can cause little to no pain. Therefore, we are able to do such high demand tasks such as moving, walking and playing sports without injuring our bones. One of the most common causes of osteoarthritis is repetitive wear and tear on the cartilage in your body as well as your body’s inability to repair damaged joint tissue. Once cartilage is damaged, it is very hard to heal, and therefore, bone can start rubbing against one another causing friction and the symptoms listed above.
Diagnoses of any type of arthritis include a complete and thorough examination. “At Mind Body Spine, we have state of the art diagnostic equipment like digital x-rays which can help confirm the diagnosis.” There are many conditions that may appear to be arthritis but after a full workup is done, is found to be something different. It is therefore extremely important that you seek a professional in order to get the correct diagnosis and treatment.
Dr. Louie recommends that the best treatment for most conditions is prevention. Chiropractic manual therapy along with targeted and specific exercises can help the body restore and maintain proper alignment and movement, which can help minimize arthritis from creeping into your joints.
If you already have arthritis, visiting a chiropractor can improve your range of motion by properly aligning your body’s joints. Once the body is in alignment you should work with your chiropractor in improving endurance and flexibility as well as strengthening the muscles that surround all your joints. Seeing a chiropractor can help manage and even decrease the inflammation in your body.
The suggestions and advice provided by Dr. Louie should not be relied upon in place of a chiropractic professional assessment