According to the Arthritis Foundation, 25.9% of women and 18.3% of men have arthritis, and the resulting pain can have a large, negative impact on quality of life. At Cottrell Chiropractic, Dr. Terry Cottrell frequently treats patients with arthritic-related conditions, and helps ease their pain and their minds. Call or book online to visit his Issaquah, Washington, office and discuss the various treatments available for arthritis.
Arthritis Treatment Q & A
What causes joint pain?
Joint pain can happen due to:
- Strains and sprains
- Disease such as arthritis
- Injury or trauma to the joint
- Other conditions such as bursitis and gout
- Aging and general wear and tear on the joints
Joints are the connections between bones that provide support and help your range of motion. If damage to the joint occurs, it can inhibit your functionality and become painful.
Knee pain is the most common joint pain, closely followed by shoulder and hip pain. Pain from certain joints can radiate to other surrounding areas.
What are the different types of arthritis?
Arthritis is a broad, umbrella term for a multitude of conditions involving pain and disease and the wear and tear of the joints and cartilage.
It can affect people of all ages and races, and while it’s common, much research is still ongoing. Some of the different types of arthritis are:
Degenerative arthritis, such as osteoarthritis, is the most common type of arthritis that involves the process of wear and tear on the cartilage, until eventually, the bones rub together resulting in pain and swelling.
Inflammatory arthritis occurs when the immune system attacks itself and produces inflammation due to a metabolic malfunction in your body. This inflammation causes pain among other symptoms, and over time, your joints and cartilage can erode.
Infectious arthritis is the result of a virus or fungus that enters the joint and triggers inflammation in response. Organisms such as salmonella and shigella from food poisoning, and sexually transmitted diseases such as chlamydia can start infectious arthritis.
Metabolic arthritis is the result of a collection of uric acid building up and forming crystals in the joint that spike severe pain and even gout. Your body naturally forms uric acid, but some people either produce much more uric acid than is necessary, and/or they can’t get rid of it, so a buildup and crystal formation occurs.
What are the chiropractic treatment options for arthritis and joint pain?
Joint pain can range from mild to severe and can be acute or chronic. Certain treatments help to regain strength and endurance. Dr. Cottrell may recommend rehabilitative exercises to try to disperse inflammation and reduce swelling.
Chiropractic care can often become a healthier treatment alternative to side-effect causing medications that can be hard on your stomach and cause additional problems to arise. Dr. Cottrell has helped to relieve countless patients of their arthritic-related symptoms. Call or book your appointment online.