WHAT CAUSES ARTHRITIC PAIN?
There are several different types of arthritic pain. The one which Chiropractic treatment can help with is Osteoarthritis or ‘wear and tear’ arthritis. In Osteoarthritis the cartilage that covers the ends of the bones becomes thinner and rougher.
The bone tries to repair this but unfortunately this repair can sometimes over grow which changes the shape of the joint which can cause irritation, inflammation and pain in the joint. When the joint is affected it can lead to pain and to the movement in the joint becoming limited and painful. This can cause everyday movements such as walking, climbing stairs and getting up from chairs to be painful and difficult.
Chiropractic treatment for arthritic hip and knee pain cannot make a difference to the bony changes that have already happened in the joint.However, chiropractic care can help reduce muscle spasm and improve movement in the affected joints and can help increase the overall function of the area. This is most effective when used in combination with other treatments for osteoarthritis such as rehabilitative exercises.
Your questions answered:
WHAT'S INVOLVED IN CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT?
Chiropractors are trained to diagnose, treat and prevent mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal (muscle and joints) system. At Total Chiropractic we use adjustments to the spine and joints of the body, soft tissue therapy and advice on exercises and posture to help treat your problem and to try and help prevent your problem from reoccurring.
Each patient has their own individual treatment plan with advice and exercises tailored to them to help them get the best results from their package of chiropractic care.
CAN I HELP MYSELF OR DO I NEED PROFESSIONAL CARE?
This really depends on how much pain you are in and how long you have had the problem. If you're in severe pain then you should seek advice quickly. I also suggest if you have had the problem for more than three weeks you should get your pain assessed.
If you have tried self help advice and your pain is not getting better, now is a good time to consult a professional. Our chiropractors will be happy to talk to you before you book an appointment to answer any questions.
WHICH PART OF MY BODY NEEDS TREATMENT?
The disc, nerves, muscles and joints are areas of your back that could be injured. It's our job to find out which part of your back is involved and the best way to get you better. We do this during your first visit to us, when we:
- take a full history of your problem and your medical history
- give you a thorough physical examination, assessing the movement in the injured area and other parts of your spine as necessary
- Explain your problem, how we can help and how long it is likely for you to take to get better
After we've answered any questions you have, we can start treatment
Still have questions?
At Total Chiropractic we offer a free 20 minute Chiro Chat appointment. This is a no on obligation appointment. You can talk to Rosie about your problem and ask any questions you have about chiropractic care. From there you can then book a new patient appointment for a complete assessment of your problem.
If you would like to speak to us call us on 01635 791 301 or you can email us, or book using the button below.