Although symptoms are more likely to show with age, more than half of the Canadians living with arthritis are less than 65 years-old. With symptoms like stiffness and often painful inflammation, arthritis limits your mobility and how well you can move your joints. As 20 percent of the Canadian population older than 15 years old suffers from arthritis, it’s become one of our most prevalent chronic health conditions.
As there are more than 100 different types of arthritis, the search for a cure is ongoing. If you don’t treat it, arthritis may permanently damage the joint(s) it affects. Specific types of arthritis can affect the heart, eyes, lungs, kidneys and even the skin. That’s why treatment plays a vital role in managing this condition.
There are countless over-the-counter products that provide relief from arthritis symptoms but the results are temporary. More permanent and effective forms of treatment include surgery, as well as physical and manual therapies. Since surgery can be quite invasive and comes with a lengthy recovery time, physical and manual therapies are often preferable.
A key way to improve your range of motion and reduce pain and arthritis-related symptoms is to use exercise to strengthen the muscles around your affected joint. For those with arthritis, it is important to ensure that you are doing the right exercises. Consulting a healthcare professional such as a chiropractor will help you develop a plan that will work towards improvement and limit the chance of aggravating your pain.
Manual, ‘hands-on’ therapy, soft tissue therapy can help to increase your range of motion, reduce inflammation in your joints, and help you manage your pain. One of the most common treatments a chiropractor uses is precise manual manipulation of your spine. This evidence-based therapy improves your joints’ motion, and your ability to move through your day pain-free.
To get the help you need, visit and consult with a variety of health care professionals, including a chiropractor. While there is no known treatment with permanent results, your chiropractor can work with you to create a self-care plan that blends exercises into your daily routine to help alleviate your arthritis symptoms.
If you’re experiencing common signs of arthritis-like joint pain, swelling, joint cracking/popping, decreased range of motion and redness – talk to your doctor about chiropractic care for arthritis.