Many people think they know the symptoms and basic facts of arthritis: It’s a chronic pain condition that typically begins in old age. In fact, arthritis is a complex condition with more than 100 recognized variants, affecting patients of all ages. Knowing the difference between them can help you understand the outlook you’re facing if you have a particular type of arthritis.
Graybar Chiropractic welcomes North Carolina patients with arthritis of all types. Because most variations of arthritis affect the spine in some way, we work hard to educate our patients about their specific condition and what can be done to manage it appropriately.
Understanding the different types of arthritis, and the ways in which they manifest and affect your body, can empower you to seek treatment that is right for you. Different types of arthritis always have different root causes, which means treatment may differ depending on the type of arthritis.
Regardless of the type you suffer from, you can work with your chiropractor to develop a treatment regimen that meets your individual needs. All it takes is an accurate diagnosis and a thorough plan to address specific factors unique to you. Here are the most common types of arthritis and their subsequent symptoms:
- Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis and is commonly associated with old age. Osteoarthritis is caused by the degradation of joints and cartilage between bones. It’s characterized by deep aches in joint areas, particularly knees, hips, elbows, and more. Chiropractic care can help sufferers of osteoarthritis regain range of motion and alleviate tension between muscles and joints.
- Rheumatoid arthritis: This little-understood type of arthritis is an auto-immune response that attacks the joints, resulting in chronic inflammation, permanent damage, and lasting pain. Sometimes, rheumatoid arthritis symptoms on-set suddenly, while other times they occur more gradually. There are some immuno-suppressant drugs that doctors may prescribe to lessen the effects of the disease. Chiropractic care can alleviate symptoms and mitigate further joint damage in some cases.
- Psoriatic arthritis: Psoriatic arthritis affects both the skin and the joints. If you’re suffering from psoriatic arthritis, you may have pitted and discolored fingernails, in addition to swollen fingers and toes. Besides chronic aching joints, psoriatic arthritis manifests as scaly, painful, itchy red bumps across the head, elbows, knees, and groin.
- Gout: Caused by a build-up of acidic crystals, gout is a highly uncomfortable localized condition commonly associated with the elderly and people suffering from weight-related issues. In addition to poor dietary intake, alcohol, drugs, and stress can all trigger flare-ups. Gout symptoms almost always onset suddenly, without warning.
Graybar Chiropractic has three convenient locations in North Carolina, each with staff dedicated to qualifying and treating your specific form of arthritis. We specialize in providing chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy, and therapeutic massage. All our treatments are administered as part of a Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) regimen, totally individualized for each patient and condition.
Regardless of the type of arthritis you’re suffering from, we’re ready to provide you with a free evaluation. Contact us today for more information!
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.