Arthritis is a term used to describe a host of diseases that affect the joints. It is estimated that one out of five adults will experience some form of stiffness in or near the joints that are indicative of arthritis during their lifetime. Some patients follow traditional treatment methods when diagnosed with arthritis, which may include medication to reduce inflammation and diet changes that reduce the probability of flare-ups. There are, however, more ways to treat arthritis than one. Implementing a chiropractor in Chesapeake may be the solution to your problems with pain caused by inflammation.
What happens when a person has arthritis?
The average individual can conduct daily tasks without feeling any stiffness in his or her joints. A person living with arthritis, however, typically has a difficult time getting out of the bed after a night's rest and may even find himself limited when carrying out daily activities. Those suffering from gout, for instance, may find it difficult to walk when a flare-up occurs. Individuals living with rheumatoid arthritis may find the stiffness unbearable to the degree of being unable to hold items in their hands for extended periods.
You may suffer from arthritis if:
- You find that one or more of your joints are swollen without explanation;
- Your joints are red or feel warm to the touch;
- There is tenderness near the joint area affected by the disease;
- You have difficulties conducting daily tasks such as taking out trash or driving from home to work.
There is no particular cure for arthritis, though doctors have several solutions to prevent inflammation, which leads to frequent episodes. Pharmaceutical medications typically work to divert flare-ups by breaking down crystals and other substances that cause inflammation in the joints. You may, however, want to do more than take medicine on a daily basis to relieve the discomfort caused by arthritis.
How can a chiropractor help?
A chiropractor can identify areas affected by arthritis and provide treatment that aligns the body so that the likelihood of flare-ups is further reduced. Many individuals develop arthritis after years of their body operating out of balance. The pain of the disease is further intensified when issues with alignment are not corrected. A chiropractor can provide personalized care so that your body can perform better under pressure or when carrying out daily tasks.
Call Atlantic Chiropractic and Rehabilitation today!
Contact Atlantic Chiropractic and Rehab at (757) 547-4325 to schedule an appointment with our Chesapeake chiropractor, Dr. Eric Santjer.