What is Arthritis? It literally means inflammation of joints, but it is used as a term for different kinds of musculoskeletal (skeleton and muscle) disorders that include more or less 100 different conditions and diseases. According to the Arthritis Foundation, a non-governmental and non-profit organization in the United States, an estimated 50 million Americans are living or experiencing this disease.
Although the picture that first comes into every person’s mind when you are talking about this disease is an older person, people of any age can be affected by this condition. As a matter of fact, more or less two-thirds of all arthritis cases in the United States are found in people under 65 years old, and at least 300,000 children are affected by arthritis in the United States alone.
Symptoms of Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) usually overlap, but they have some differences and require separate treatment methods. There are a lot of treatments that you can use. Improve joint health with chiropractic care is one way, and we will explain it later.
The difference between Osteoarthritis and RA
Inflammation of the joints from RA is very different from Osteoarthritis, although both come with warmth, swelling and pain. With RA, the swelling is usually symmetrical, appearing on both sides of your body at the same time (like the hands, knees or wrists).
Other symptoms of RA include fatigue, low-grade fever and pain, as well as stiffness, especially in the morning or after a period of inactivity. All symptoms usually develop gradually for many years, but it can come at a rapid pace for some people.
A healthy body or immune system is very protective. The immune system generates an internal inflammation to remove any infection and prevent any kind of disease. But it can go wrong, mistakenly attacking your joints with uncontrolled inflammation, causing erosion to the joints and can damage the eyes, internal organs and other parts of your body.
Check out https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/rheumatoid-arthritis/symptoms-causes/syc-20353648 to know more about RA.
According to specialists, they believe that a combination of environmental factors and genetics can help trigger the autoimmunity. One good example of environmental risk factors that can help trigger RA in individuals with specific genes is smoking. With inflammatory and autoimmune types of arthritis, early detection and aggressive treatment are very important.
Slowing the activity of the disease can help prevent or minimize the damage to the joint. Remission is the primary goal, and in the world of medicine, it is usually prescribed to use one or more treatments or medication known as DMARDs or Disease-Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drugs. The goal of the treatment for Osteoarthritis and RA is to minimize pain, improve bodily function and prevent further damage to the body. If the symptoms are not arrested, the source of joint pain may be misidentified.
In some cases, OsteoArthritis develops in joints of the hips, spine or knees. It is also prevalent in the fingers. Joints in the wrist, elbow, or ankle are usually not affected by this disease unless there is an injury involved. Also known as wear and tear type of arthritis or a degenerative disorder, OA or OsteoArthritis is a progressive degeneration of the joint’s shock absorber.
It can cause painful discomfort when you use the joints that are affected by OA – usually pain when you bend at the knees or hips, or a sore finger when you try to write or type. People ages 60 and above have degrees of OA, but it can also affect individuals in their early twenties to late thirties.
What can you do about this disease?
There are a lot of things that you can do to preserve the junctions of your body, the mobility, as well as the quality of life. Learn more about this disease or the treatment options; maintaining a good and healthy weight and making time for regular physical activities are very important. Therapeutic massage can also give relief in a long-lasting way. But this disease is usually misunderstood, and it is vital to identify the source of the pain.
What is Osteoarthritis? Visit this link to find out more.
What can the Chiropractic industry offer?
There are a lot of ways chiropractic care can help people with this disease. If you have subluxations, spinal misalignment, it can cause joints to wear down quickly. The body is like cars. If the alignment of the wheels gets out of whack, the tires will start to wear down unevenly and a lot quicker.
Repetitive stress or trauma to the joints can also cause misalignment and can lead to subluxations that can accelerate the wear and tear and eventually damage them. Chiropractors are well trained in detecting, as well as correcting the misalignment with specific and gentle adjustments.
As the body stays adequately aligned, not only the pressure to the body is taken from the nerve, it also restores the proper motion of your spinal bones. It reduces the body’s need to lay down a new bone to help stabilize the spine.
When that happens, the symptoms are minimized and the quality of life is dramatically improved. If you can maintain a proper bone alignment, you can notice an increased in flexibility, improvement in strength and better energy as the body start to function to its optimum performance.