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3 Things You Should Know About Arthritis

As we age, our body is more susceptible to illnesses and injuries—the most common of which is arthritis. But is it only found in senior citizens? You’ll find out the answer and more as you read below

Be properly informed about the facts
Have you heard that arthritis only affects old people? Not true. Do you think that arthritis causes only minor aches and pains? Also not true. Have you heard that common forms of arthritis can be cured by changes in your diet? While rare forms of arthritis, such as arthropathy associated with Celiac disease, can effectively be cured with a gluten-free diet, this claim is inapplicable to the vast majority of cases. These and several other examples of myths and misconceptions about arthritis, perpetuated by the spread of inaccurate information, can keep you from managing the disease properly. Be sure to educate yourself about the facts. Source: VeryWellHealth

Some injuries can increase the chances of getting osteoarthritis
Whether it’s a sports injury, a fall, or another accident, getting injured can disrupt the mechanics or integrity of a particular joint, which can increase the risk for degenerative arthritis over time. “Any significant trauma can lead to chronic inflammation in that area” and cause cartilage to start breaking down, explains Mark Karadsheh, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at the William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI. Case in point: People who experience a complex or severe meniscus tear in the knee have a three- to fivefold higher risk of later developing osteoarthritis of the knee, according to a 2014 study from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Source: Prevention

You can find relief with chiropractic care
Dr. Hayden agrees that inflamed joints should be “off-limits,” but notes that chiropractors offer several adjunctive therapies that can help.

  • Ultrasound. Many think of ultrasound as imaging technology, but when applied to soft tissues and joints, sound waves can also produce a massaging effect that helps reduce swelling and decrease pain and stiffness.
  • Electrotherapy. These tiny electric pulses are not painful. They treat soft tissue injuries by stimulating nerves and muscles.
  • Low-level laser or “cold laser.” This technique uses a non-heat-producing laser or light that penetrates deep into the tissue, sometimes reducing inflammation.
  • Infrared sauna. Imagine having a hot compress warm up your joints from the inside. These rooms use controlled amounts of heat to relieve pain and increase circulation. Source: Arthritis

Don’t let your injury progress into something worse. Alleviate your pain as soon as possible. Call us today!

 

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Dr. Brian Floyd
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