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Arthritis is a condition in which one or more joints are inflamed. This inflammation frequently causes pain and swelling and may cause the limited function of the affected joint. Our chiropractor in Sarasota helps many people with arthritis live less painful, more fulfilling lives.
Most people are familiar with osteoarthritis, which is arthritis caused by the degeneration of cartilage in the joints. This is the most common type of arthritis in older people, and most older people have it to some degree. Aging is the most common cause of osteoarthritis. However, osteoarthritis is also seen in people who have injuries such as those from a car crash or sports injury. This type of osteoarthritis is usually limited to the joints that were injured in the auto accident or sports incident.
There are actually more than 100 types of arthritis. Some of these are related to an immune system malfunction, such as rheumatoid arthritis or Celiac disease. Others are related to overall metabolic issues, such as gout. It is usually unknown what causes these conditions, although genetics tends to play a large part.
Inflammation is the one key symptom of arthritis. There are other common symptoms:
People with osteoarthritis typically have no systemic symptoms. However, people with other types of arthritis may have a wide range of symptoms that involve the entire body.
Gentle chiropractic manipulation has been found to be effective for certain types of arthritis pain. Sometimes, a chiropractor in Sarasota, FL will manipulate the affected joint, but it can also be possible to reduce arthritis pain by adjusting nearby joints that may be compensating. For example, a person with arthritis in the knee may be having hip pain because their gait is affected. Adjustments to the hip and pelvis might reduce overall pain levels and allow them to go on with their normal life.
In addition to joint manipulation, our chiropractor in Sarasota also offers other treatments that can be helpful for dealing with arthritis pain. Massage therapy can be very effective at helping to relax tight muscles near affected joints that may be causing or increasing your pain level. Physical therapy can help restore function to joints affected by injuries from a car crash or other trauma.
If you are suffering from arthritis pain, whether it is because of an auto accident, sports injury, illness, or just plain aging, Sarasota Chiropractic can help. To make an appointment with our Sarasota, FL chiropractor today, call (941) 348-6632.