“Arthritis” is a medical term used to describe joint pain or inflammation. The symptoms of arthritis may include a combination of stiffness, tenderness, swelling, redness or warmth.
Types of arthritis
Whilst there are different types of arthritis, broadly the types fall into two categories, osteoarthritis and inflammatory arthropathies.
The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis. It is commonly regarded as arthritis that is a result of ‘wear and tear’ and becomes more pronounced as we age. Weight bearing joints such as the hips and knees tend to be affected by osteoarthritis, however, it can affect other parts of the body such as the hands and spine.
Osteoarthritis is caused when the cartilage which protects the ends of bones becomes worn and damaged resulting in the growth of bony spurs, inflammation and stiffness in the affected joint. As the joint ceases to function correctly it becomes painful and in turn the muscles surrounding the joint tighten.
Chiropractic treatment for arthritis pain
Our chiropractor will design a treatment programme that is appropriate for the nature and extent of your condition. Your programme will be designed to help improve your mobility and will include core OA treatments and exercise.
Our chiropractor will refer you to see a rheumatologist or orthopaedic consultant if necessary.