Arthritis is defined as a painful disease that can occur in any joint of the body but most frequently strikes the hips, knees, ankles, spine, and hands. Arthritis joint pain can be a chronic, long term illness. An estimated 50% of persons age 55 and older have osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis. Osteoarthritis is caused by repetitive strain on the joints, hereditary predispositions, or injury/trauma.
Symptoms of osteoarthritis that your Ormond Beach chiropractor checks for will include pain, stiffness, swelling, and popping sounds in the joints. Suggested treatment for relief of arthritis can be comprised of weight loss to reduce stress on joints, exercise to encourage cartilage formation and muscle strength, vitamin and mineral rich diet, and application of heat to minimize heat and stiffness.
Arthritis can be a vicious cycle of pain and loss of mobility that leads to worsening symptoms – chiropractic care breaks this cycle with various treatment modalities for joints and muscles. The goal of your Ormond Beach chiropractor is to increase movement and decrease joint pain by increasing the range of motion in an arthritic joint.
Chiropractic care has also been proven to help the majority of sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis, a less common but more debilitating form of arthritis with auto immune and inflammation issues at its core. If you are suffering from this painful condition, do not hesitate to consult with us – you may be surprised at how much relief you can get from the conservative care of a chiropractor.