Did you know it’s estimated that 24% of adults in the United States, or over 58.5 million people, have been diagnosed with some form of arthritis? And by 2040, experts estimate 78 million US adults (26%) will be suffering from this disease. Arthritis is the swelling, tenderness, and stiffness of one or more joints. Symptoms include pain, inflammation, swelling, reduced range of motion, and stiffness, which typically worsen with age. Different types of arthritis exist, the most common being osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Each kind has distinct causes, and treatment options can vary. Today the chiropractors of Academy Injury & Health Center share the most common causes of joint pain and stiffness as well as effective therapies for dealing with your discomfort.
Causes of Joint Pain and Stiffness
Joint pain is quite common and something that every person goes through at one point in their life. The pain is usually felt in the hands, feet, hips, knees, and spine and can vary from mild stiffness to severe throbbing or grating sensations. Often, the joint will feel stiff in the morning but loosen up with continued movement and use throughout the day. However, too much activity could worsen the pain. Individuals most susceptible to joint pain include:
- Those who have suffered previous joint injuries
- Those who repeatedly use or overuse a muscle
- Those with a form of arthritis
- Those who suffer from depression, stress, or anxiety
- Those who are overweight
- Those in poor health
- Those over the age of thirty-five
Joint pain can happen at any age, but many problems arise between 30-50. While wear and tear typically is the most common explanation of chronic pain, other causes include:
- Osteoarthritis – the most common type of arthritis, caused by years of overuse or wear and tear.
- Rheumatoid arthritis – this chronic, autoimmune disorder causes swelling and pain in the joints.
- Gout – gout is another form of arthritis that normally affects the big toe.
- Bursitis – usually found in the hip, knee, elbow, or shoulder bursitis occurs when the fluid-filled sacs that act as cushions for your joints become inflamed.
- Strains, sprains, or broken bones can cause joint pain.
Can a Chiropractor Help with Arthritis?
If you’ve been wondering, “Can a chiropractor help with my arthritis?” the answer is yes! One of the most commonly used treatments for arthritis and joint discomfort is spinal adjustments. Chiropractic care is a form of manual therapy, which means practitioners use their hands to adjust and manipulate the spine so it is in the proper position to help support healthy joint function. Deciding to see a chiropractor for your joint pain means you have considered the other possibilities, like medication and surgery, and want to see the benefits of the natural route. Chiropractors have several joint pain treatment options, including:
- Spinal manipulation therapy
- Joint mobilization
- Heat/cold therapy
- Low-level laser
At Academy Injury & Health Center, our well-trained staff of chiropractors addresses the joint pain you feel at the source. We handle lower back pain, carpal tunnel, and other forms of joint discomfort to alleviate your symptoms without relying on traditional treatment options, like medications. If you’d like to set up an appointment, call us today at 215-637-1212 or schedule online here.