Arthritis

There’s no getting away from the fact that life with arthritis can be difficult.  But by making a few simple adjustments it is possible to take control, and lead a full and active life.

Types of arthritis

The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis in the UK, affecting around 8 million people.

It often develops in people who are over 50 years of age. However, it can occur at any age as a result of an injury or another joint-related condition.

Osteoarthritis initially affects the smooth cartilage lining of the joint. This makes movement more difficult than usual, leading to pain and stiffness.

Rheumatoid arthritis

In the UK, rheumatoid arthritis affects more than 400,000 people. It often starts when a person is between 40 and 50 years old. Women are three times more likely to be affected than men.

Rheumatoid and osteoarthritis are two different conditions. Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the body’s immune system targets affected joints, which leads to pain and swelling.

Symptoms of arthritis

The symptoms of arthritis you experience will vary depending on the type you have. This is why it’s important to have an accurate diagnosis if you have:

joint pain, tenderness and stiffness

inflammation in and around the joints

restricted movement of the joints

warm, red skin over the affected joint

weakness and muscle wasting

Treating arthritis

 

Many people with arthritis find complementary and alternative therapies helpful. They do not cure arthritis, but they may help to ease symptoms. Complementary therapies are often used alongside conventional treatment.

There are dozens of complementary and alternative therapies.

After thoroughly examining you, our chiropractors may recommend a series of  X-rays in order to fully understand your condition and achieve faster and better results with care.

They treatment may involve a variety of different manual techniques, including:

manipulation and stretching

exercise routines to strengthen muscles and improve general fitness.

Medical Acupuncture (Dry needling) is also used successfully to help ease muscle and joint pain associated with arthritis.

For more information about arthritis see www.arthritisresearchuk.org and www.arthritiscare.org.uk

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