One Hundred Types of Arthritis?
Arthritis comes in over 100 varieties, but it doesn’t have to strike you!
As we age, many of us start to feel pain in certain joints, particularly in the hands,
hips, knees, feet and spine. This seems especially common in women. A doctor
might make the broad diagnosis of arthritis, an inflammation of the joint that
causes pain and stiffness, but do you know that there are at least 100 different
types of arthritis that fall under this very broad umbrella?
The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which occurs when the
cartilage between the bones in the joint breaks down, causing pain as the bones
grind against one another. Typical causes are aging, repetitive use, being
overweight and a family history of the disease.
Rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disorder of the joints that usually begins
between the ages of 30 – 50, is also quite common. Symptoms that include
swelling, redness and a feeling of warmth usually begin in the small joints of the
fingers, wrists and feet. More common in women than men, this condition can be
very disabling, affecting one’s ability to work and lead a normal life.
Other common types of arthritis include gout, lupus, fibromyalgia, Scleroderma
and carpal tunnel syndrome. Depending on the type and severity of the
condition, physical therapy and different combinations of drugs may be
prescribed to relieve pain and reduce swelling.
Can Chiropractic Help Your Joint Pain?
Chiropractic care may be helpful in reducing pain and lack of mobility in those
who already have the condition. How? When a person has arthritis, pain keeps
them from moving. Lack of movement reduces the use of the joint and decreases
range of motion, which makes the condition worse.
Chiropractic adjustments may help to increase mobility in the joints, causing
more movement and a reduction in pain. They also may help slow down the
progression of the arthritic condition.
Chiropractic care may also help prevent arthritic conditions because it
encourages specific behaviors and habits that contribute to an overall healthy
lifestyle, such as diet, proper weight maintenance and exercise.
In addition, chiropractic adjustments help to keep the spine properly aligned and
the nervous system, which controls the immune system, functioning optimally.
Reprinted with kind Permission Perfect Patients