Arthritis is a painful inflammatory condition that affects the joints (the spot where bones meet and help with range of motion and movement) and can happen in one single joint, or in various ones all throughout the body. Arthritis is more common in adults over the age of 65 and predominantly in women; however, it can occur in men, children, and teens as well. In the joints is something called cartilage, a flexible and fibrous connective tissue that help to absorb shock and pressure that occurs with regular activities like walking, lifting, and squatting. This connective tissue protects the joint and allows for smooth, fluid movement.
In arthritis, this cartilage is worn down in some way. For example, in osteoarthritis, one of the most common forms of arthritis, the cartilage is worn down by everyday wear and tear. In rheumatoid arthritis, the immune system attacks the rest of the bodys systems, reducing the amount of synovial fluid that lubricates the joints, which causes friction and drying of the cartilage. Any type of direct injury to the cartilage and joints can put someone at risk for developing arthritis pain and symptoms. Subluxation degeneration is a structural, functional, or pathological change in the joints of the spine and affect the nervous system communication. This can be caused in a variety of ways such as lifting something the wrong way, bad sleeping position, and poor posture. The changes and symptoms generally worsen with time and can develop calcium deposits on the spinal bones, which then make the bones fuse together and reduce range of motion. These arthritic changes in the spine can be quite painful and uncomfortable. Symptoms of arthritis in the spine generally progress from mild to severe depending on the level of degeneration and the severity of nerve damage. Mild symptoms include loss of spinal curvature, posture distortion, imbalance, and fatigue. More severe symptoms are complete degeneration of the cartilage causing arthritic pains and loss of movement, nerve damage, loss of height, deformity of the bones in the spine causing discomfort, and physical and mental fatigue.
Chiropractic treatment is of utmost importance in any form of arthritis. By adjusting arthritic joints and loosening them, your chiropractor can help reduce the pain and stiffness that is associated with arthritis. This process can also slow down the progression and effects of arthritis. A joint adjustment will allow the nervous system to function more normally by mobilizing fluids naturally and clearing nerve pathways for better communication with the rest of the body. This holistic form of personalized and preventative therapy can help you live a more active and quality life, without the constant restriction of movement and pain that is caused by arthritis. While chiropractic adjustment alone as monotherapy likely wont fix the problem, it can be used in close conjunction with other medical therapies to improve frequency and severity of symptoms.