The most prevalent form of arthritis, osteoarthritis, stands as the primary contributor to joint pain. It occurs when the cartilage at the ends of bones gradually erodes. While this can affect any joint, it is most commonly observed in the fingers, thumbs, neck, elbows, lower back, hips, knees, and big toes. Osteoarthritis manifests with varying severity, ranging from mild to severe. Common symptoms encompass joint inflammation, pain, and stiffness. Physical activity often exacerbates these symptoms, leading to joint swelling, reduced range of motion, and muscle weakness.
As the second most prevalent arthritis type, rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease characterized by the body's immune system attacking the joint linings, resulting in inflammation and joint damage. This condition typically targets smaller joints like those in the hands, feet, and wrists, with the severity determining potential impact on larger joints such as the knees and hips. Symptoms include throbbing or aching pain, often more pronounced in the morning or after prolonged sitting, as well as morning joint stiffness and inflammation leading to swelling, heat, and tenderness upon touch.
Joint wear and tear due to physical injury constitute this category. Such injuries can stem from sports, car accidents, falls, or any form of physical trauma, causing damage to cartilage and/or bone. These injuries alter joint mechanics, accelerating the wear-and-tear process, with subsequent injuries further hastening joint deterioration. Common symptoms include joint pain, swelling, stiffness, and a limited range of motion.
Can Chiropractic care alleviate joint pain?
Chiropractic care is recognized as a secure practice focused on optimizing joint function, thereby facilitating improved movement with reduced pain. Chiropractic adjustments target the realignment of the spine and enhancement of the nervous system's function to achieve the following: