Over 54 million Americans have doctor-diagnosed arthritis, according to the Arthritis Foundation. There are over 100 different types of arthritis that people can suffer from, and their risk of getting it increases with age. This condition can be completely debilitating for patients who have it. However, there are effective, therapeutic treatments that can help patients find relief from their arthritis pain to help make movement possible again!
You have 206 bones in your body that are hard and unmoving. The ability to move becomes possible through your joints. The joints are the connecting pieces where two bones meet. They are hinges that allow you motion. Ligaments, tendons and muscles all connect to your stationary muscles. Signals from the brain will tell those structures to move in certain ways, which will make your bones move. That movement also stimulates the joints to act as hinges where pivoting and turning is made possible. So, soft tissues move the bones and that movement happens because of your joints.
You have 360 joints all throughout your body. Every single place on you that can move and bend is a place where you have a joint or many. In your skull alone you have 86 joints. Your main moving joints in the arms and legs are vital to overall motion. You have 32 joints in your arms and 31 in your lower limbs. Over time, those joint hinges can start to wear down because of movement, disease, chronic conditions and inflammation caused by the body as a response to chronic problems. That breakdown is known as arthritis.
Arthritis is actually a term used to describe diseases of your joints. It’s not a single disease, but the arthritis pain you have may be specific to a certain type of arthritis. The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which affects approximately 27 million Americans according to the Arthritis Foundation. Osteoarthritis is commonly known as “degenerative disc disease”.
You have rubbery-like cartilage that covers the ends of your bones where they connect to your joints. That cartilage helps make movements with your joints smooth and pain-free. However, people with osteoarthritis will experience chronic arthritis pain because that cushioning cartilage wears away over time. Due to chronic conditions, exercise, wear and tear with age and more, cartilage will continually wear away. This causes the joints to grind together, causing chronic—sometimes debilitating—arthritis pain.
Patients generally feel arthritis pain as their main arthritis symptom. This is common with all types of arthritis. The symptoms between most arthritis types are generally the same no matter if it’s osteoarthritis or the second most common type, rheumatoid arthritis. This is an arthritis type that triggers an autoimmune response in the body. Your body has an innate capability of fighting off foreign bodies and viruses by attacking them.
However, with rheumatoid arthritis, the body sees its own joints as foreign bodies and starts to attack them. The cartilage starts to deteriorate due to the body creating inflammation in the joints. That inflammation causes swelling, redness, heat and slowly wears away cartilage. When the joints are inflamed, the tissue that lines the joints thickens and pain sets in. You can notice this type of arthritis because of the knobs that will grow where joints are, especially in the hands, knees and feet. Fatigue plus stiffening, tenderness and limited range-of-motion can happen.
There are over 100 types of arthritis depending on the location and the cause. The type you have will determine how you should treat arthritis pain, as the approach may be different depending on the patient. There are various causes of arthritis pain such as:
No matter the cause of your arthritis, there are soothing treatments that can help cushion your joints to prevent further arthritis pain and joint damage. Even simple injections can help diminish the arthritis pain and damage you feel. Arthritis can’t be cured, but the effects can be slowed down or halted with the right treatment. Our most popular treatment is the use of joint inflammation injections of cortisone for immediate relief. This substance is injected straight into a joint that has arthritis pain. The solution fills the space between the bones, lubricating joints as it stops the bones from grinding against one another. That solution prevents inflammation from filling the area that would later break down cartilage that cushions the joints.
Do you want more than just joint injections for arthritis pain? You can invest your time in natural therapy treatments that help relieve your symptoms and joint degeneration. Natural therapies are preferable compared to surgeries or narcotic pain medications that can cause quick addiction. For stiff joints such as the wrists and knees, gentle manipulation through massage therapy can help loosen up stiff joints.
Body misalignments can cause extra pressure—and therefore accelerate degeneration—to happen to your knees and other key joints. Chiropractic adjustments can realign the body so there isn’t uneven pressure in your body causing quicker degeneration. Plus, these adjustments can help relieve not only arthritis pain, but also back and neck pain and neuropathy symptoms. Exercise and vigorous training can degenerate the joints quicker. That is why customized exercise programs we make for you can help lower irritation without further damaging the joint.
Yes, arthritis happens to millions of people but it doesn’t have to be a way of life. Treat your arthritis pain and enjoy your life for many more years by calling Olathe Chiropractic today at (913) 732-0087!