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Disclaimer: The following general information is provided to assist the reader in developing an awareness of of the many conditions treated by Chiropractors, and of procedures employed in treatment. It is not intended as a substitute for the reader’s consultation with their appropriate primary caregiver, and for an evelauation and recommendation following a comprehensive examination at Lakes Region Chiropractic. ~James Pamplin, DC (Lakes Region Chiropractic)

DEFINITION OF ARTHRITIS

 
The word “Arthritis” has two meanings “arthri” which means joint, and “itis” which means inflammation. Basically arthritis is any condition where you have inflammation within a joint. There are many types of arthritis however; osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease, is the most common arthritis. In osteoarthritis or OA, the cartilage between the joints wear out causing inflammation. OA affects over forty million Americans. Most everyone over the age of fifty has it to some degree.

HOW DO YOU GET ARTHRITIS?

 
Arthritis can develop over time from activities like physically taxing jobs or high impact sports. Arthritis can also occur from past traumatic events like auto accidents or joint surgery.
 
The following illustrations show how arthritis in the neck can develop in three stages over time.
 
 
 

HOW WE MAY HELP

 
At Lakes Region Chiropractic, we will conduct an examination to determine if your symptoms are related to Arthritis. Our primary goals are to 1) Diagnose the underlying cause of Arthritis 2) offer natural treatment options that address both the cause and symptoms of Arthritis, and 3) educate patients on ways to improve their overall health and wellbeing. Specifically, we utilize a combination of chiropractic and rehabilitative medicine which may improve your condition without the use of drugs or surgery. We also apply chiropractic adjustments to joints that have lost their normal mobility. Adjustments may help improve joint mobility and reduce inflammation, thus, allowing injured areas to heal better. Personalized exercises specific to your condition will be prescribed as part of your continued therapy. They help strengthen and support weak areas and are designed to be done comfortably at home. During treatment we will advise you on developing healthy lifestyle habits and avoiding activities that may be aggravate your condition. As treatment progresses, your condition will be closely monitored with regular progress reports and periodic re-evaluations. 

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS?

 
OA usually effects us more in the morning, however pain can occur throughout the day especially when getting out of a chair or walking up stairs. Characteristically, those with OA may feel “stiff” or “achy” in their joints which tends to wear off with activity, movement or heat. The back, neck, hips and knees are common areas affected by OA. Therefore a person may complain that they can’t turn their head, knees or hips as far as they use to. In moderate to severe cases of arthritis, bone on one end of the joint can rub against bone on the other end of the joint. A person may feel a grinding sound and feel a sharp pain that can travel down the arm or leg.  

HOW WE MAY HELP

 
At Lakes Region Chiropractic, we will conduct an examination to determine if your symptoms are related to Arthritis. Our primary goals are to 1) Diagnose the underlying cause of Arthritis 2) offer natural treatment options that address both the cause and symptoms of Arthritis, and 3) educate patients on ways to improve their overall health and wellbeing. Specifically, we utilize a combination of chiropractic and rehabilitative medicine which may improve your condition without the use of drugs or surgery. We also apply chiropractic adjustments to joints that have lost their normal mobility. Adjustments may help improve joint mobility and reduce inflammation, thus, allowing injured areas to heal better. Personalized exercises specific to your condition will be prescribed as part of your continued therapy. They help strengthen and support weak areas and are designed to be done comfortably at home. During treatment we will advise you on developing healthy lifestyle habits and avoiding activities that may be aggravate your condition. As treatment progresses, your condition will be closely monitored with regular progress reports and periodic re-evaluations.