Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. Approximately 27 million Americans suffer from osteoarthritis. While it’s more common among men and women 60 years of age and older, technically it can occur to anyone.
What Is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis, generally just referred to as “arthritis” by most people, is what happens when the cartilage that cushions and protects the ends of bones wears down. It frequently affects, knees, hips, hands, and the spine.
Can Chiropractor Diagnose Arthritis?
Yes, chiropractors can diagnose osteoarthritis through a combination of assessing your symptoms, the location of the pain, and a physical examination. The chiropractor (or doctor) may also order x-rays to further confirm the diagnosis and determine the amount of joint damage involved. An MRI might be used to determine how much cartilage has been damaged.
What Can a Chiropractor Do for Osteoarthritis?
Chiropractic care can provide relief for osteoarthritis. While it won’t repair or rebuild cartilage, it can relieve pressure on joints caused by arthritis. The chiropractor can also stop arthritis-related muscle spasms and tenderness by gently manipulating muscles and soft tissue surrounding the arthritic joints.
Is Chiropractic Safe for Rheumatoid Arthritis?
According to the American Chiropractic Association, chiropractic care can help those with rheumatoid arthritis. However, the inflammation needs to be monitored because an adjustment during an inflammation flare could be counterproductive.
Can Chiropractic Help Arthritis in the Neck?
Chiropractic treatment of the neck is referred to as a neck adjustment or cervical manipulation and is typically done by hand with careful precision. It can help with arthritis to improve mobility and range of motion. As with any chiropractic adjustment, it needs to be evaluated along with the rest of your medical condition.
Does Weight Or Exercise Affect Arthritis?
Yes, staying at a healthy weight can lower your risk of developing osteoarthritis. Even if you already have arthritis, losing weight can decrease stress on the hips, knees, spine, etc. and improve arthritis symptoms. Similarly, gentle exercise that does not irritate or strain joints, like swimming and walking, can help you retain your range of motion and mobility.
Talk to Total Chiropractic Care and Wellness
If you want to maintain good health for sports – or need help recovering from a sports injury – chiropractic care can help, contact us at Total Chiropractic Care. You will receive a comprehensive evaluation to determine if it’s the right solution for your needs and when. Dr. Goldman creates treatment plans that incorporate pain management services as well as general lifestyle recommendations to help you live the best life you can. Contact us today.