Help for Dealing with Arthritis Pain
The two main types of arthritis are Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease. In this article, we will be focusing on Osteoarthritis which is degenerative and painful. It is also the most common type of arthritis.
Osteoarthritis is the degeneration of a joint in the body. It is possible for any joint in the body to degenerate if that joint is not moving properly or is misaligned. The spine contains 24 movable bones surrounded by many joints (wherever two bones are attached) that will start to degenerate if the bones are misaligned or not moving properly or enough.
Once degeneration starts in the spine, the discs between the spinal vertebrae may become damaged (herniated, bulging, protruded, extruded, sequestered), and painful bone spurs (osteophytes) may form around the joints. Once osteophytes start to grow, the joints of the spine will start to fuse. Untreated, osteoarthritis will get progressively worse and more painful. So you can see it is important to keep your joints moving properly and your spine correctly aligned.
Chiropractic Care Helps with Arthritis Pain
When there is degeneration to the joints in the spine, it also harms the nervous system. The openings (called the intervertebral foramen) in the spinal column the nerves use to exit the spine become smaller causing irritation and pressure on the nerves, which will grow more painful over time. Pressure on the nerves will also interfere with the proper functioning of the muscles and organs in the body.
Chiropractic care is effective at treating and relieving the pain of osteoarthritis. One of the main focuses of chiropractic care is making sure the joints in the body are properly aligned and moving as they should. This helps keep the joints from further degeneration, improves nutrition to the spinal discs, and helps alleviate pain.
While the degeneration to the joints is not reversed, further degeneration can be stopped. We have patients that we have been treating for years, and have taken additional x-rays even 5 years later and found that because of chiropractic adjustments there has been no further degeneration of the joints.
Additionally, chiropractic adjustments help to properly align the spine and help keep the intervertebral foramen openings large enough for the nerves to pass through without pressure on them. This brings relief from pain. A properly aligned spine will also help restore your range of motion that may have been reduced due to osteoarthritis, as well as the proper function of your muscles, organs, and immune system.
Contact World Class Chiropractic at 410.461.3435 and arrange for a consultation with Dr. Silverston. Osteoarthritis is something we successfully help our patients on a daily basis. If you or someone you know is suffering from arthritis pain, please recommend this article.