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Osteoarthritis is an inflammatory joint disease and the most common cause of joint pain among older adults. It causes stiffness, swelling, joint degeneration, and progressive cartilage loss. Rheumatoid arthritis is another inflammatory disease that causes joint pain. Rather than being caused by wear and tear, rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder where the body attacks healthy tissues as if it was foreign invaders.
In one study conducted in 2010, more than four out of five patients with joint arthritis noticed improved symptoms after nine or fewer chiropractic treatments.
Other Types of Inflammation
Arthritis is not the only type of inflammation that can cause joint pain.
Swelling can occur within the joint itself as a result of an injury or illness. Space is limited here, and if the joint fills with fluid or blood, you’ll experience pain. This is what causes chronic aching in muscles and areas of the body such as knee, hip, shoulder, arm, elbow and the most annoying finger and thumb.
Small jelly like sacs outside the joint joint, known as bursae, can also become inflamed. This condition (called bursitis) often results from overuse or minor joint trauma.
Even inflammation located elsewhere in your body can cause referred pain in your joint. Inflammatory bowel disease and inflammation of the spine (ankylosing spondylitis) are just two examples.
Since one aim of chiropractic care is to reduce inflammation, treatment can certainly address joint pain caused by swelling.
The sciatic nerve runs from your pelvic region down the back of your thigh all the way to your feet. Inflammation or irritation of the sciatic nerve results in sciatica. This condition results from any injury or pressure on the sciatic nerve, which can include bulging discs, spinal degeneration, herniated discs, or osteoarthritis. Sciatica can cause radiating pain in various places in your body, including your lower back, the backs of your legs, and your joints.
It’s well known that chiropractic treatment can relieve sciatica symptoms. In one study from 2012, nearly two thirds of chiropractic patients were able to avoid surgery thanks to dramatically improved symptoms.
Athletes, dancers, and other physically active people experience joint pain as a result of overuse. The joint and surrounding muscles, tendons, and ligaments become inflamed and irritated, making it difficult to maintain an active lifestyle. An example of this is why upper arm pain is so commonly misdiagnosed.
To prevent excessive joint wear and tear from developing into arthritis, we encourage active individuals to visit a chiropractor regularly. Our treatment can help reduce inflammation and improve mobility to help your joints stay healthy and strong.
While overuse injuries occur gradually, traumatic injuries are not so subtle. If you fracture or dislocate your joint, the pain can be immediate and severe. Even if you don’t break any bones, your ligaments and muscles may be strained, sprained, or bruised as a result of slipping and falling. The pain from these injuries may keep you bedridden for weeks.
Fortunately, chiropractic care can help you heal faster.
By helping to relax muscle spasms and strengthen weak joints, you can recover from your traumatic injury and get back on your feet faster than if you skip chiropractic treatments.
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There’s no reason to live with degenerative joint pain when you have natural treatment and supplements options available. Avoid the risks of surgery and prescription medications by coming to our Hayward office for non invasive, non pharmaceutical specialized care.