What is arthritis?

Arthritis isn’t just one condition; it’s more than one hundred different joint diseases and conditions that limit your motion and cause pain and stiffness. Symptoms can range from mild to severe but may progress in time, particularly if the source of disease goes untreated.

The most common forms of arthritis are:

  • Osteoarthritis: wearing away of protective cartilage between bones

  • Rheumatoid arthritis: joints attacked by your immune system

  • Infectious arthritis: caused by bacteria, viruses, or fungi

  • Metabolic arthritis (gout): excess uric acid in joints

  • Psoriatic arthritis: inflamed skin (psoriasis) and joints

What are some symptoms of arthritis?

The primary symptom of arthritis is stiff joints, particularly in the morning or after sitting for extended periods. You may hear a grinding sound when you move the joint.

As arthritis progresses, your joints could become painful and inflamed. Your joints may be red, swollen, or covered by a rash. You may have difficulty walking or moving the afflicted joints.

Why did I get arthritis?

Women are more prone to develop arthritis than men are. You’re also more likely to develop arthritis if you have family members who have the condition. Other risk factors include:

  • Being overweight

  • Eating foods that trigger inflammation

  • Eating foods high in purines

  • Smoking

  • Drinking alcohol excessively

  • Suffering injury through sports or trauma

  • Being exposed to infectious microorganisms

What are the consequences of untreated arthritis?

If you don’t treat your arthritis, your symptoms will probably worsen gradually. Some forms of arthritis can cause joint deformities, such as knotted-looking fingers or toes. Rheumatoid arthritis can even lead to organ damage.

What are my treatment options for arthritis?

Medical treatments for arthritis

Medical treatments for alleviating arthritis pain and disability include:

  • DyAnsys® P-stim neural stimulation to alleviate pain

  • Trigger-point injections of anesthetics or steroids for pain

  • Short-term medications to manage pain and swelling

  • Massage to reinvigorate tissues

  • Rehab therapy to retrain your body

Chiropractic treatments for arthritis

Chiropractic treatments for relieving arthritis include manipulating your spine into a healthier alignment. Correcting subluxations — misaligned vertebrae and discs — allows your body to function optimally.

Another effective chiropractic treatment for arthritis is the Graston Technique®. This instrument-assisted therapy breaks down and smooths scar tissue to promote healing.

Don’t suffer the pain of arthritis or risk the progression of your disease. Contact the arthritis experts at Leading Edge Medical by using the online form or calling the friendly staff.