Arthritis can sideline even the most active person. While the pain can be severe, it shouldn’t stop you from living an active lifestyle. At West LA Neuro-Kinesiology in Los Angeles, we treat arthritic pain at the source, rather than prescribing medications with possible side effects.
What is Arthritis?
Arthritis is a condition that affects the joints and tissue around the joint. A joint can become inflamed causing severe pain and reduced movement. There are over 100 types of arthritis with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis being the most common. Symptoms of arthritis include stiffness around the joint and the stiffness can come and go over time. Symptoms of other types of arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis can include fever, weight loss, fatigue, and tender and swollen joints. A family history of arthritis is also a factor in some cases.
What Causes Arthritis?
Normal wear and tear can cause arthritis, specifically osteoarthritis. Coming down with an infection can also cause injuries to the joints which could lead to the development of arthritis. Injuries to the joints, such as sports injuries and broken bones can also cause arthritis to develop. Cartilage loss in the joints due to age or injury is a leading factor.
How is Arthritis Diagnosed?
Your doctor will x-ray your affected joints and bones where you are experiencing pain. They will also perform a blood test to determine if you have a specific type of arthritis. Your doctor may also extract fluid from your joints to rule out any other health conditions. Your range of motion in your joints will also be tested during a physical examination.
Treatment for Arthritis
Many doctors will prescribe pain medications and anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce the swelling and inflammation in your joints. Specific prescription medications may also help reduce inflammation.
How Does A Chiropractor Help?
Many of the prescription drugs used to treat arthritis can cause unpleasant side effects and don’t cure the issue. Chiropractors target the pain directly rather than the symptoms. A chiropractor can help reduce inflammation in the affected joints and improve flexibility and range of motion. A chiropractor can also reduce the inflammation by using electrotherapy that stimulates the muscles and joints to produce anti-inflammatory hormones to reduce your pain.
Find Pain Relief With West LA Neuro-Kinesiology
If you are suffering from arthritis-related pain, call West LA Neuro-Kinesiology in Los Angeles, today at 310-427-7374 and schedule an appointment. Our chiropractor will perform a physical examination to develop a treatment plan that is customized just for you. Arthritis can be debilitating, let us help you get your life back.