Arthritis means joint inflammation and there are over 200 different types of arthritis that can affect both young and old people.
can affect different parts of the body and each type has a different
cause. It is a group of conditions involving damage to the joints and in
some cases can also affect the soft tissues of the body such as
ligaments, lungs and heart valves.
Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in people older than fifty-five years.
Like with all medical conditions it is important to have a proper diagnostic work-up including a thorough case history and examination, and, if indicated, x-rays or MRI scans, urine and blood tests. Once diagnosed, the type of arthritis you have can be treated more effectively.
If there are signs that you are suffering from arthritis and need further tests to diagnose your condition we will refer you to your GP, who will do more tests or possibly refer you to a rheumatologist for further tests.
The medical specialists in this field are called rheumatologists and they are the people to contact for the medical side of your treatment.
Most arthritic conditions benefit greatly from Chiropractic treatment and should be considered as an adjunct to medical care, particularly osteoarthritis, which is the most common type of arthritis.
Osteoarthritis is often treated with anti-inflammatory medication and nothing else. This is a mistake. Using anti-inflammatory medication in the long term has been shown to impair the healing rate of cartilage and can also cause damage to the lining of the stomach and result in fatal stomach bleeds, particularly in the elderly. Fortunately there are better ways to manage osteoarthritis.
If you receive chiropractic treatment, including laser treatment, regular, gentle exercise and improve your diet, you can reduce your need to take anti-inflammatory medication, which is great news. In fact some of our patients have been able to stop taking them all together. Read more about chiropractic treatment.
With regard to the inflammatory arthriditis, such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis (AS), there is not a real cure for these conditions.
Although, they have their natural peaks and troughs, the inflammatory process can be quite severe and it is therefore important to take medication to control it to avoid joint destruction. Chiropractic treatment is still useful as a therapy for these conditions to help you control the symptoms.
The following pages will help you get more of an understanding of the different types of arthritis, which symptoms are expected, how they are diagnosed and treated.
What is Psoriatic Arthritis?
What is Gout?
What is Systemic Lupus Erythematosus?
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