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Arthritis Treatment at our Miami Chiropractic Clinic

When we hear the term arthritis, we often think of older generations and the experience of pain that is associated with arthritis. Those who develop a variant of this condition will often try and adapt their lifestyle to ensure maximum comfort. Finding ways to feel more comfortable and relaxed is of paramount importance when your joints feel achy and uncomfortable.

What is arthritis exactly?

The phrase arthritis is usually associated with pain and discomfort. This is caused by swelling in multiple joints, as well as the stiffness that is also common with arthritis. However, it’s important to know that when we use this word, it doesn’t refer to just one singular problem. The word ‘arthritis’ refers to multiple conditions. This is no surprise as millions of people suffer from it across the US. It is also not just reserved for the older generations; both children and even some infants can develop arthritis.

Which joints are likely to be affected?

The most common areas to be affected by arthritis are your knees, hips, hands, and spine. In a condition such as rheumatoid arthritis, the joints are targeted by the immune system, causing both swelling and pain.

Am I likely to be diagnosed?

It’s important to know that age is not the singular indicator of whether you are likely to be affected by arthritis or not. You are, indeed, more likely to suffer from it between the ages of 40 and 50. Unfortunately, women are also three times more likely to suffer from arthritis. If you are diagnosed with the condition, you should know that you are in good company. Over 54 million Americans are said to be diagnosed with the condition, and just under half of them have had it impact their daily activities.

What causes this condition?

As you may already know, arthritis refers to the swelling stiffness in your joints. So, what could cause them to become so irritated and inflamed in the first place? Your cartilage is a key factor in keeping your joints healthy and cushioned. While it may be firm (many people will be aware of the solid cartilage in their nose or ear, for example) it is also flexible. You have cartilage in your joints to absorb shock and to help them move with ease. Arthritis sees a reduction in this, which will cause plenty of irritation.

There are a few different types of arthritis, however. Osteoarthritis comes as a result of daily wearing down of your cartilage as a result of wear and tear. A bad injury, or perhaps even an infection can sometimes make this much worse. While these types of arthritis are caused by mostly physical influences, if you have a history of the condition, you’re far more likely to be at risk of developing it.

The other type of arthritis you may have heard of is rheumatoid arthritis. This is actually an autoimmune disorder, which means that it is caused largely by your immune system’s response; not injury. In fact, rheumatoid arthritis sees your immune system attack your body’s synovial, which is the tissue found in your joints. This is vital for producing that all-important fluid to hydrate and lubricate your cartilage and joints. Rheumatoid arthritis is, therefore, somewhat more aggressive than osteoarthritis. Your joints will eventually be worn away by the condition.

Treatment

Arthritis is usually treated with a combination of medication and physical treatments. If you want to discuss pain-relieving or anti-inflammatory medication you should, of course, speak to your doctor first. Particularly if you suspect that you have something as aggressive as rheumatoid arthritis. We can also offer pain management solutions such as trigger-point injections, but this will not be without a thorough assessment of your condition first by one of our practitioners.

 

In terms of non-medical treatments, we can offer hands-on massages and physical therapy to aid in reducing your physical pain. These techniques are used for rehabilitation after sports injuries, and so are incredibly effective for reducing long-term aches. They are also brilliant at reducing stress and tension that can arise as a result of experiencing the daily stresses of a long-term condition. If you have become stooped or have felt stiffness as a result of your arthritis, a massage could help to loosen up your posture (all in the hands of an experienced professional, of course.)

 

Depending on the type of arthritis you have, it could be playing a significant role in how uncomfortable and stressed you feel on a daily basis. It is important to know that you do not have to tolerate feeling stiff and in pain, and that there are licensed practitioners, such as ours, who can give you an expert and tailored treatment to help. Feeling the physical relief of pain and tension could be invaluable to you.

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