What is Arthritis?
Arthritis literally means inflamed joint, and there are many causes but most end up with a damaged joint to some degree.
What causes Arthritis?
There are many forms of arthritis, but the most common are osteoarthritis which is a wear and tear type of condition, rheumatoid arthritis which is an autoimmune disorder, gout which is a metabolic condition resulting in uric acid crystal deposition in the joints and septic arthritis caused by an infection.
What are the Symptoms of Arthritis?
The symptoms of arthritis are extremely variable, ranging from no symptoms at all, to severe pain accompanied by fever and illness if its an infectious arthritis. Most people will have stiff achy joints that is usually worse in cold damp weather and first thing in the morning.
How can a Chiropractor Treat Arthritis?
Arthritis is one of the leading causes of disability in older people, and though there is no cure for it, Chiropractic treatment including gentle joint mobilisation, Low Level Laser Therapy, massage and exercise and lifestyle advicecan can help ease the symptoms of some forms of oarthritis.