Arthritis, Tendonitis & Joint Pain


woman holding her hand showing joint pain, arthritis

This month, I am going to be focusing on arthritis, tendonitis, and joint pain. While any one of these could warrant a month of blogs on their own, together they encompass many of the health issues that we regularly see in our office. I hope to give you a foundational overview this month, on how chiropractic and acupuncture can provide a non-invasive, drug-free approach to managing these health issues.


Arthritis

Did you know that there are over 100 different types of arthritis? The most common 3 are:

  • Osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis the most common form of arthritis.

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, which means that the immune system attacks parts of the body—especially the joints.

  • Psoriatic Arthritis.


Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It occurs when the protective cartilage that cushions the ends of the bones wears down over time. Although osteoarthritis can damage any joint, the disorder most commonly affects joints in your hands, knees, hips, and spine.


Chiropractic care may be able to address the cause of osteoarthritis. A joint may become damaged over time because it's out of alignment. If the structure of a joint is not right, then it can’t work as it was designed. Chiropractic care may help those issues, which may keep your arthritis from getting worse.


Tendonitis

Tendons are thick cords that join your muscles to your bones. When tendons become irritated or inflamed, the condition is called tendinitis. Tendinitis causes acute pain and tenderness, making it difficult to move the affected joint.


Any tendon can develop tendonitis, but you’re more likely to develop it in your shoulder, knee, elbow, heel, or wrist.

Tendinitis can also be referred to by the area affected during sports such as:

  • swimmer’s shoulder

  • jumper’s knee

  • pitcher’s shoulder

  • golfer’s elbow

  • tennis elbow

Tendonitis occurs because of inflammation and irritation of a tendon and often responds very well to chiropractic care. Chiropractic treatment is a drug-free approach to reducing inflammation and relieving the pain of tendonitis. Acupuncture can also be very effective in calming the inflammation and reducing pain.


Joint Pain

Both Arthritis and Tendonitis can cause joint pain. Other conditions, such as Gout, Lyme Disease, Lupus, and Fibromyalgia also can cause joint pain. The pain can manifest in any joint but the most common are the knees, shoulders, hips, and hands.


As chiropractors, we provide an alternative approach to helping manage joint pain that is non-invasive and drug-free. Chiropractic can help optimize the function of your joints, making it possible to improve your mobility with less pain.


Follow my other blogs this month as I share interesting articles and information on each of these conditions.