Everyone thinks that pain is a part of growing older. That's not necessarily the case, as even though many people get arthritis as they age, there are certain things you can do to lessen its impact on your daily life. There are self-care routines, physical fitness benchmarks and quality, hands-on treatment from a chiropractor that can stand as proof against arthritis pain. Chiropractors in Dearborn Heights like Dr. Raychouni here at Mi Spine Management Clinic can help diagnose and treat arthritis so that you can get out and live life to the fullest.
What Is Arthritis?
Strictly speaking, the term "arthritis" covers over 100 different diseases each with their own prognosis and causes, but they all attack the joints. Some, like psoriatic arthritis, can also damage and affect your skin as well, but they all ultimately cause pain in the joints of your wrists, fingers, knees, hips, and so on. Inflammation of the joint tissue, wearing down of the cartilage, and in some cases, attacks by the body's own immune system can cause wracking, grinding pain, sideling sufferers all day.
What Are the Primary Causes of Arthritis?
Age is the most common factor of arthritis, simply because our bodies break down over time. Particularly if you have worked a laborious job or spent your entire life actively engaged in sports that stress your joints (running or football, for instance), you will likely suffer from arthritis of one form or another. Other causal factors include:
- Genes — certain types of arthritic conditions are far more likely to happen in people carrying certain genetic predispositions.
- Injury — related to lifelong sport activities, repeated injuries to joints, especially the knees, can cause arthritis to develop later in life.
- Weight — it's no surprise that carrying a lot of extra weight around can make your joints hurt, and dramatically increase the rate at which they deteriorate.
How Can a Chiropractor Help Arthritis Symptoms?
Because chiropractic medicine aims for whole body, health-focused treatment instead of medicine, your chiropractor will address the root causes of your arthritis. This includes increasing physical activity, which can ward off arthritis, and eating healthy to lose excess weight. By using adjustment therapies to fix joint problems and spinal misalignment, a chiropractor can dramatically reduce a person's arthritis pain.
Additionally, the increased flexibility gained through manipulation by the doctor or through physical activity can help reduce the rate at which arthritis advances.
Arthritis Doesn't Have to Control Your Life
Even if your mobility is hampered by arthritis, it shouldn't stop you from enjoying being active. By addressing your arthritis with a chiropractor like Dr. Raychouni, you can slow the progression and regain strength and vitality. You can set up an appointment online with Dr. Raychouni or Dr. Ghaleb at their Dearborn Heights or Allen Park locations, and get a consultation on how to move forward into a pain-free life. Mi Spine Management Clinic is here to help. Give us a call at (313) 406-6002 (Dearborn Heights) or at (313) 768-5385 (Allen Park) to learn more.