While most people associate chiropractic care with the treatment of neck and back pain, it can actually be used for so much more! In fact, chiropractic care has been shown to be a useful treatment option to control the symptoms associated with inflammatory arthritis. While there is no cure for arthritis, you can manage your symptoms with chiropractic care.
In order to understand how chiropractic care can help with your arthritis, it is important to understand exactly how chiropractic care works:
When a joint becomes restricted in movement, it may begin to cause pain. To restore the lost movement and recover proper function, a chiropractor will utilize a technique called chiropractic manipulation/adjustment. In chiropractic manipulation, a specialist applies a sudden, controlled force to one or more joints in order to correct the body’s structural alignment. It is common for gasses to build up in a joint that has been restricted of motion. During a chiropractic adjustment, this gas is released and often results in a popping or cracking sound (it’s is the same noise you hear when you crack your knuckles). Sometimes a popping noise does not occur, but this doesn’t necessarily mean the adjustment was not successful. Every patient and adjustment are different.
Both current and past research supports the use of chiropractic manipulative therapy and its adjunct therapies as the gold standard for common lower back pain. Studies have also shown that chiropractic care is effective in treating neck pain, headaches, and other joint pain, including shoulder, knee, and elbow.
If you are dealing with arthritis pain, and would like to explore your treatment options, contact us today to set up a consultation to see what chiropractic care can do for you.