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Arthritis Treatment at Your Fremont Chiropractor

Arthritis can be a painful, debilitating condition that keeps you from living a healthy, happy life. Fortunately, you don't have to live with arthritis pain. You can get treatment from Brainard Chiropractic in Fremont for your pain.

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How Our Chiropractor Approaches Arthritis

Arthritis is a condition characterized by stiffness and pain in the joints. In some cases, arthritis can also affect connective tissues and organs. It is a common condition that affects approximately one out of every five adults, with arthritis occurring more frequently among older adults.

The symptoms of arthritis include stiff, swollen joints; redness and warmth at the joints; tenderness; and difficulty with mobility. While the symptoms may be constant, many people have arthritis symptoms that come and go, affected by specific activities.

Arthritis is often diagnosed by a rheumatologist. The rheumatologist will conduct an examination and ask about your family and medical history. During the examination, the doctor will look for symptoms of arthritis. The doctor will likely also conduct diagnostic tests, including joint fluid tests and imaging tests, such as x-rays, ultrasounds or MRIs. Once the doctor diagnoses arthritis, a treatment plan can be developed.

Causes of Arthritis

The exact cause of arthritis is unknown. However, there are risk factors that can contribute to an increased likelihood of developing arthritis. Some of these risk factors can be impacted by lifestyle choices while others are out of your control. Risk factors for arthritis include:

  • Age - As you age, your joints become more worn, which can lead to arthritis.
  • Genetics - Your genetics can contribute to arthritis; this is why, if there is a history of arthritis in your family, you may be more likely to be diagnosed yourself.
  • Overweight or Obesity - Carrying excess weight can put greater strain on your joints, wearing them down more quickly.
  • Injuries or Infection - Some injuries or infections can cause damage to the joints or lead to inflammation, which can result in arthritis.
  • Lifestyle - Some daily activities, such as certain exercises or your job, can be hard on your joints, which can cause damage and result in arthritis.

Chiropractic Care to Treat Arthritis

Most often, a diagnosis of arthritis means treatment through symptom management. However, this doesn't actually treat arthritis. It can provide temporary relief from the pain, but is not always effective for patients. Chiropractic care is an alternative to medications and other treatment approaches. A chiropractor manipulates your musculoskeletal system, particularly your spine and the joints causing pain, to help the body heal itself. This provides a more long-term solution to arthritis pain.

Get Help for Your Arthritis

If you need help managing your arthritis pain, call Brainard Chiropractic to make an appointment today by calling (402) 727-8668.