Many people at all ages can suffer from the effects of arthritis.

Arthritis is a condition which affects the smooth movement of the joints and its effects can actually range from benign to severe.

There are several different forms of arthritis, the most common being osteoarthritis.  It first appears in the second and third decade of life, and can become very common by age 70.  This does not mean, however, that arthritis only affects the elderly. Some forms of arthritis can appear in childhood and early adulthood.  General arthritis symptoms include pain, stiffness, redness, heat and often swelling in inflicted areas.

The most important thing with arthritis is to maintain as much normal function as possible in the affected areas.  This is where chiropractic is of benefit.  Specific chiropractic adjustments help to return normal motion and position to “stuck” or fixated spinal joints.  These adjustments are effective in reducing pain, improving joint mobility and increasing muscle flexibility for arthritis sufferers.

Chiropractors can also recommend stretches, exercises, and aids available to help improve mobility and range of motion in people with arthritis.  Activities such as yoga, swimming and specific joint mobilization exercises can be beneficial in this respect.

Chiropractic allows sufferers to maintain as much normal function as possible, so that arthritis need not be a crippling disease.

If you suffer from arthritis, call us for an evaluation appointment to see what chiropractic can do for you.