The key to management of arthritis is firstly, to get the diagnosis correct. At Back To Front Chiropractic, we perform a thorough history and physical examination that is usually accompanied by imaging x-ray, CT or MRI. This helps us to correctly diagnose the issue before any treatment begins.
Chiropractic care for arthritis aims to reduce pain and maintain the function of joints through a series of chiropractic adjustments as well as suggested at home exercises and lifestyle modifications. Note that a multimodal approach is taken with your local general practitioner in order to have the best success.
Back To Front Chiropractic strive to raise the bar in chiropractic care. We provide chiropractic care for the whole family from infants and children to teenagers, adults, and even through pregnancy. Call Back To Front Chiropractic today on 0413 783 611 to book an appointment with your local family chiropractor.
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What Is Arthritis?
Arthritis is an umbrella term, rather than a single disease, that refers to the damage to joints where two bones meet. Contrary to popular belief, arthritis affects people of all ages and is not just a natural part of aging. In fact, according to Arthritis Australia, 2.4 million people suffering from arthritis are of working age¹.
The three most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis (otherwise known as degenerative joint disease), rheumatoid arthritis and gout. Arthritis occurs more often in women than men and occurs more frequently as people get older².
What Causes Arthritis?
Although the causes of arthritis are not fully known, there are many environmental factors that may contribute to the development of osteoarthritis such as obesity (causing added strain on joints), activities that require the repetitive movement of a joint, and past damage or injuries to a joint. Osteoarthritis causes the cartilage to wear away. This can cause pain, swelling, and stiffness as the bones rub together².
Rheumatoid arthritis is thought to be caused by a fault in the immune system that can cause the body to attack its own tissues in the joints.
There are many common symptoms of arthritis including:
- Damage to joints
- Joint weakness
- Decreased range of motion
Arthritis symptoms can range from mild or moderate to severe. The symptoms of arthritis can also either stay the same for years or progressively worsen over time.
Severe arthritis can result in chronic pain and can make it difficult to perform daily tasks such as walking or climbing stairs. There are also visible symptoms of arthritis such as knobby fingers or swelling. However, often the joint damage is only visible in x-rays.
Arthritis can cause joints to lose strength over time. As well as joints, arthritis can also affect the heart, eyes, lungs, kidneys, and skin³.