The word arthritis suggests inflammation of the joint and its components. Arthritis causes neck pain, back pain, knee pain, ankle pain, muscle pain, etc. Arthritis usually affects one or all of the following:
1) Bone around the joint and bone that makes up the joint
2) The cartilage that lines the surface of the joint
3) The ligaments that support the joint
4) Muscles that move the joint
The most common form of arthritis is associated with “wear and tear” and is commonly called osteoarthritis. This kind of arthritis is the one that we think of as being associated with the aging process. Osteoarthritis primarily affects weight-bearing found in the spine, hips, knees and feet. Osteoarthritis also affects joints that may get overused such as joints in the thumbs, fingers, elbows and shoulders.
What Can Your Doctor of Chiropractic Do?
If you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, Chiropractic care can help arthritis by helping patients maintain their range of motion. Since arthritis is an inflammatory condition it tends to generate scar tissue which limits joint motion. Chiropractic adjustments restore break down scar tissue allowing joints to move through a wider, pain free range of motion.
Chiropractic Care can also improve your flexibility and endurance, Increase your muscle tone and strength.
Dr. Hsu can also give you nutrition and supplementation advice that can be helpful in controlling and reducing joint inflammation.