Overall, its estimated over 46 million Americans suffer from arthritis. That number is expected to climb to 67 million by 2030 as the population ages. Arthritis is the most common cause of disability with 19 million adults in the United States reporting that they suffered activity limitation due to arthritis between 2003 and 2005.
Arthritis is a disease that causes the joints to swell, resulting in pain, stiffness, and loss of function, particularly in the hands, knees, feet, hips, and spine. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of the disease and is a degenerative disorder of the joints. It occurs primarily as people age and the joints “wear out”; it sometimes occurs due to physical injuries that have permanently damaged the joints. In some manifestations, it is an autoimmune disorder of the joints, and in other it occurs when the cartilage that lines the joint surfaces wears out. In fact, it comprises over 100 diseases and conditions.
How Can Chiropractic Help Arthritis?
Chiropractic has been proven remarkably effective in treating arthritis and its symptoms, both in genetic and non-genetic related forms of arthritis. Because Chiropractic focuses on physical manipulation, joints can be directly adjusted in order to reduce pain on that joint by allowing more proper mobility. Once the body is aligned to move with fewer restrictions, the need for pain-relieving medications lessens, or disappears altogether. By correcting joint and spine misalignments, a chiropractor helps increase range of motion in the body, which assists in joint health resulting in greater ease of movement and decreased fluid build-up in the joint that often accompanies arthritic conditions.
Chiropractic as a regular treatment can also help prevent arthritis, or at least its damaging effects. This form of prevention is probably the most crucial benefit in treating the disease. The lifestyle changes and therapies associated with chiropractic will influence diet, exercise, and maintaining the body’s alignment that practitioners believe will offset health problems that might accompany arthritis. Proper weight and a healthy immune system are both important factors in limiting the devastating effects of all forms of arthritis, especially osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Chiropractic provides not only a resolution of chronic pain, but also the potential for addressing the disease with more flexible methods that focus on long-term health. With chiropractic and the benefits it provides, arthritis can become a manageable ailment that, along with exercise and a healthy diet, will no longer be feared.