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Many people who suffer from joint pain head straight to their regular health care provider, and with good reason. While some may be experiencing temporary discomfort in their knee, elbow, or wrist joint, it is often the sign of a bigger problem; arthritis. Arthritis comes in many different forms, the main two being osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Both of these can be treated by your Arlington Heights chiropractor!
A doctor of chiropractic isn't just someone to see if you are experiencing neck or back discomfort; we can also help those who struggle with extremity joint pain. Chiropractic treatments can help a lot of people manage their joint pain, but it is important to have a thorough examination and to receive a proper diagnosis before any treatment begins. Some joint pains may mimic other medical conditions, and certain varieties of arthritic joint pain may be treated very differently. While there are over 200 types of arthritis, the types that are most common are osteoarthritis, which is associated with aging and wear and tear on the joints and is more likely to affect older adults, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is an autoimmune disorder. The pain from both doesn't just hurt the joints, it can also harm soft tissues, which includes ligament, tendons, muscles, lungs, and heart valves.
Many of the manual treatments that are performed by Arlington Chiropractic Clinic help provide relief for joint pain right away. In many cases, chiropractic treatments extend beyond joint manipulation and include important nutritional counseling and exercise advice and instruction. Both nutrition and exercise can play a large role in reducing pain and inflammation, eliminating the need for anti-inflammatory medications, which can have the potential to cause serious side effects.
Osteoarthritis pain affects people of all ages, but those over 55 suffer the most, and arthritis is the leading cause of disability for these people. Rheumatoid arthritis is more likely to strike younger people. In most cases, disability is caused by the symptoms associated with arthritis, so it is important to find effective treatment solutions for acute joint pain, as well as ways to manage chronic joint pain. One of the first treatment recommendations that people receive regardless of which type of joint pain they are experiencing is advice on weight loss. Being overweight puts a lot of pressure on the joints, especially the hips, knees, ankles and feet, which can affect mobility. When joints don't move, they are more likely to become stiff and painful, which can lead to more arthritis. Chiropractic care helps assure that as much range of motion is kept in the affected areas as possible, and controls the inflammation in order to reduce symptoms.
Whether you are experiencing a sore shoulder, a swollen knee, or pain in your joints, it is important for our doctors at Arlington Chiropractic Clinic to know as much about your condition as possible. Before we treat, we review medical information and, if necessary, order additional tests so that we can find safe and effective treatment options. In order to make the process easier, we offer a free meet and greet for new patients that give the chance to ask questions and learn what to expect from treatment. Contact us at 847-259-4493 to learn more about your individualized treatment plan.