Arthritis is an often painful and debilitating inflammation of joint tissue that affects as many as 1 in 5 adults worldwide. The pain can range from dull to sharp, exhibit with a sense of pressure or burning, and even be long-lasting and chronic (persisting for three to six months or longer). Those who suffer from chronic arthritis pain and stiffness find themselves seeking relief on a regular basis.
Many arthritis sufferers find relief in existing medications like over-the-counter NSAIDs (Ibuprofen, Aleve, etc.) and specialized prescriptions (like Celebrex). Others require more intense treatment like steroid injections, hyaluronic acid injections, trigger-point anesthesia injections, peripheral nerve stimulation (via implantation of an electrode), and/or pain pumps (via implantation of a pain medication-administering device).
Patients who prefer not to take oral medications or injections have found success with other treatments like topical pain-numbing creams (often containing lidocaine or prilocaine), warm baths, electrical nerve stimulation, and others. What patients often overlook, however, is the possibility of managing arthritis with regular chiropractic care.
What many suffering from acute or chronic arthritis pain don’t realize is that chiropractic care aims to treat more than just the spinal column. By determining how your spinal issues may be related to your overall nervous system and organs, a professional chiropractor can make small adjustments to help reduce your pain symptoms. A chiropractor can also work with you to develop an arthritis management plan for the long term, involving methods such as an anti-inflammatory diet and regular flexion-based exercise.
Contact Dean Chiropractic to make an appointment and learn more.