Can a chiropractor successfully treat the pain and stiffness of arthritis? The simple answer is yes, but simple answers don’t tell the whole story.
Evaluation and Treatment Success
Every person who suffers from arthritis is unique. There are over 100 different types of arthritis issues and each one them requires specialized treatment. Your chiropractor will start by evaluating your specific condition and needs. This may require doing x-rays or ultrasound to determine your specific needs. Once the chiropractor has all the information, he designs a treatment program customized for you.
You have probably seen comedy skits where a chiropractor does forceful adjustments, cracking the back, snapping the neck, and aggressively treating the patient. This is not how your chiropractor treats his patients, especially those with arthritis. He uses gentle adjustments and manipulations to relieve pain and improve your range of motion.
What are some of the things a chiropractic adjustment will help with?
• Better range of motion.
• Reduced pain.
• Less inflammation in the joints.
• Better flexibility.
Reducing Your Need For Pain Medications and Invasive Treatments
One of the most significant advantages to chiropractic treatment is it is non-invasive and non-addictive. You can reduce your dependency on pain medications which can become addictive. Often, your chiropractic treatments are less expensive than the pain medications you need to reduce the pain.
Chiropractic treatment can help you put off, or eliminate, the need for surgical procedures to eliminate pain.
Does A Chiropractor Only Adjust My Back and Neck?
That’s a great question. Most people think of chiropractors as doctors who only work on the spinal column and neck. That is not true. Today’s chiropractors work on the entire body. They work to restore the function of joints through careful manipulation. They work on muscles to stretch and relax the muscles to restore function and range of motion. A chiropractor discovers what parts of your physical body which are not moving properly and works to correct them.
The Doctor Versus Chiropractor Debate
You have probably heard stories of doctors not liking chiropractic treatments and the opposite, too. This divide has almost disappeared, especially for people who suffer from arthritis. Doctors and Chiropractors recognize they can treat the pain and problems you are suffering from most effectively by working in harmony. The two forms of treatment enhance each other giving you the greatest amount of relief possible. The Arthritis Foundation regularly reports on the synchronous advantage of Chiropractic treatment paired with medical treatment.
If you are suffering from arthritic pain, have Healing Hands Chiropractic evaluate your condition. You can get more flexibility, improved range of motion, and less pain, without the need for more pain medication. Call and schedule an appointment today.