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“My sinus infections are gone! I never needed surgery although I had a consultation with a ENT and they advised I get the painful septum surgery due to my severely deviated septum which caused headaches and terrible sinus infections. After my first visit I could breath again… and I haven’t had a sinus infection in 7 years! This sinus and headache therapy has allowed me to sleep much better which translates in my overall health being better and feeling well consistently. I highly recommend Susan if you are experiencing pain like I was! Thank you Susan!
Ian B.

CHIROPRACTIC Care for Arthritis

If you’ve had back pain or a stiff neck, whether from arthritis or an injury, you’ve likely considered seeing a chiropractor. While it’s true that chiropractors manipulate or adjust the spine to improve pain and mobility, the benefits may extend beyond the back and neck. By using varying degrees of force in an effort to adjust misaligned joints, chiropractors try to improve the relationship between the spine and nervous system, which they believe may affect the function of all the organs and systems in the body.
One of the biggest misconceptions about arthritis is that many people believe that arthritis and joint pain is a normal part of aging. While our joints can degrade as we age, pain and reduced mobility are not an inevitable part of the aging process.

Causes of the most common types of arthritis

Osteoarthritis

The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis . This is caused when the cartilage of the joint wears down, often because of the joint being injured or over used. Over a period of time in this condition the joint will deteriorate. This causes pain in the joint, as the cartilage is no longer acting as the thick cushion that it once was. Without a cushion, the bones grind together, which in turn causes an inflammatory response in the joint. Typically, the weight-bearing joints are most affected, with the knee and the hip being the most common.

Osteoarthritis is typically easy to diagnose because it is so common. It can be triggered by a sudden injury to a joint, or it can develop due to a previous injury which has caused damage to the cartilage or surrounding muscles. In both cases, there is decreased support to the joint which changes the motion of that joint.

Osteoarthritis can also be a result of overuse, repetitive motions or being overweight. These all put you at a higher risk for developing osteoarthritis due to the strain they cause on your knee and hip joints.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is the most common type of autoimmune arthritis.  Around 1.5 million people in the US have RA, and nearly 3 times as many women have the disease as men.  In women, RA can commonly begin between ages 30 and 60, but with men, it often occurs later.

Rheumatoid arthritis affects the cells that line and normally lubricate the joints. This condition can affect the whole body and may affect multiple joints. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic condition where your immune system becomes overactive and causes inflammation that attacks your joints.

Common symptoms can include joint pain, joint swelling and stiffness, fatigue, warm joints, joint deformity, and joint tenderness. Pain can get worse when you move, exercise or work. The joint may be sensitive or painful to the touch.

Arthritis symptoms

Common symptoms of arthritis include swelling, joint pain and stiffness and decreased range of motion, typically worsening with age. Signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis can also include: experiencing the same symptoms on both sides of the body (such as in both hands or both knees), weight loss, fatigue or weakness.

The health benefits of chiropractic care for Arthritis

Before starting treatment, your chiropractor has to assess your arthritis carefully and assess how they can help you. Chiropractic care has been shown to relieve and even slow down the progression of arthritis. Not only can you benefit from a decrease in pain, but you can also see an improvement in your overall health and wellness. Chiropractors mainly focus on helping people with arthritis by:
  • Helping them improve their range of motion
  • Improving flexibility and endurance
  • Increasing muscle tone and strength
  • Providing diet and nutritional advice and supplements to address inflammation (a key part of the pain and worsening of rheumatoid arthritis)

The BeachView Chiropractic Approach to Treating Arthritis

Chiropractic care offers some of the safest treatments for arthritis. Since the vertebrae that make up your spine contain joints between each individual vertebrae, chiropractors are not just spine specialists but also joint specialists, which is why we are experts at helping you with your arthritis.

Once we have worked through a diagnosis and decided on the best options for you, you can begin your treatment plan immediately. Your treatment will be safe, non-invasive and non-addictive.

Chiropractic care has been shown to be effective in treating the issues and symptoms associated with arthritis.

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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

A: Only if the doctor determines that they are necessary
A: Bring your insurance information in with you when you come in for your appointment. There is no charge for you for the consultation to talk to the doctor about your condition. We accept Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, United Health Care, and Self Pay.
A: The Activator Adjusting Instrument is a hand-held, spring-loaded device that delivers fast, precise adjustments in order to restore range of motion to the vertebrae and extremity joints.
A: Traditional spinal manipulation is performed with our chiropractor’s hands. During the adjustment, a quick, firm thrust will be used to realign the joint. While this is perfectly safe, the adjusted area is much larger with a traditional adjustment than with an Activator adjustment. The Activator delivers a direct and precise adjustment that does not require any twisting or pulling. Individuals typically find the activator method less physically and mentally stressful because there are not as many pops or cracks associated with the adjustment, and the speed of the device means that the muscles do not have time to tense against the force.
A: Everyone is unique and we can give you more idea once we have assessed your case. Some patients experience almost instant relief. Others discover it can take many weeks or months. Many factors can affect the healing process.