Arthritis is a major cause of joint pain, there are over 100 different types of arthritis but only a few are commonplace. The clinic offers expert specialised care for the treatment of joint pain and arthritis.
Osteoarthritis (OA) (Wear and Tear)
This is the most common type, and is related to two main factors, age and trauma. The symptoms vary in intensity greatly from patient to patient, some patients can show severe signs of damage without any symptoms, or symptoms can be severe with very minor changes. The main features are mild inflammation or swelling of the affected joint, wear and tear of the protective cartilage surrounding a joint and bony outgrowths around a joint. This leads to swelling and stiffness, with difficulty performing certain movements or activities. Although there is no cure for OA its symptoms can be managed affectively, aiding in the mobilisation of joints, massaging stiff and tired muscles and strengthening weakened areas will hugely improve the symptoms of sufferers.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
RA is a chronic severe form of arthritis that causes joints to become red, swollen, stiff and painful to use. It also causes patients to feel very unwell, causing fever and tiredness. As time passes the joints affected become worse and function decreases. Although there is no known cure for RA, it can be helped with medication and manual therapy such as chiropractic and physiotherapy can be extremely helpful in managing the symptoms. Through techniques such as massage, acupuncture, and gentle joint mobilisation, the symptoms can be managed as and when they arise. Along side this giving ergonomic, diet and lifestyle advice can also be beneficial.
FAQ on Arthritis
How do I know if I have arthritis?
The most common type of arthritis that we treat in the clinic is osteoarthritis (also called wear & tear, degenerative joint disease). The main symptoms of osteoarthritis are pain and stiffness in your joints. Usually the symptoms come on slowly and may progressively get worse or the symptoms may have good and bad days. Typically you may feel stiffness, especially first thing in the morning as well as pain with certain movements. Osteoarthritis can come on at any age and will vary greatly from person to person. Many of our patients have a diagnosis of arthritis following an X-ray but this is usually not a necessity for starting treatment with us for joint pain and stiffness.
How can Chiropractic care treat my arthritis and joint pain?
Chiropractic or Physiotherapy care cannot offer a cure for arthritis but treatment can help ease the symptoms and allow you to be more functional in your day to day tasks. We use manual therapy to keep your joints and muscles flexible and moving. Mobilisation of the joints helps treat the day to day stiffness and massage of stiff and tired muscles helps ease the pain.
Our Therapists are also trained to give advice about how you can treat joint pain yourself, what you can change about your lifestyle and day to day habits to help yourself feel better. Our Chiropractors and Physiotherapist will also design a stretching routine specific for you which will help keep you keep yourself moving.