Nearly 1 out of every 4 Americans above the age of 18 have been diagnosed with some form of arthritis. And that statistic doubles to 1 out of every 2 when you get to be 65 or older. Arthritis is a common disease that many accept and live with every day.
Unfortunately, arthritis is a fickle and unpredictable disease which makes it tougher to treat than most. Typically medication is prescribed but it only works as a way to manage the pain of arthritis. On good days the medication may not be needed at all, on average days it is typically enough to get by, but on bad days the medication usually doesn’t cut it and patients are left to deal with the pain however they see fit.
One way arthritis patients cope with the pain is through chiropractic care. The word arthritis means “joint inflammation” and chiropractors primarily work on joints, so it only seems like a natural fit that chiropractic care would be a great way to treat arthritis pain. However, each individual case of arthritis is different and chiropractic care isn’t necessarily the best treatment for all of them. Scheduling a consultation with a chiropractor about your arthritis pain is a great way to see where you’re at and how your own personal form of arthritis will be affected by chiropractic care.
There are good and bad times to visit your chiropractor when you have arthritis. For example, if your arthritis is flaring up and your joints are inflamed or swelling, that is not the time to go to see your chiropractor. Instead, wait for your arthritis to be under control and go to have the chiropractor work on your joints and flexibility. This type of treatment should help your arthritis long-term and decrease the number of bad days you will have in the future.
If you suffer from arthritis pain and would like to explore chiropractic care as a potential treatment to help manage your pain, then give us a call at 314-862-5700 or visit our contact page to make an appointment with one of our chiropractic doctors today.