Arthritis is joint inflammation caused by a breakdown of cartilage. Arthritis is a chronic disorder and is one of main reasons people seek treatment with their doctor. It affects 1 in 7 Canadians and over half of these are between 30 and 50 years old and is the leading cause of disability in people older than fifty-five years.
How do you get arthritis?
Some types of arthritis are genetic or inherited (that is, they tend to run in families). Others are related to a chemical imbalance or are due to an overactive immune system. All forms of arthritis affect the joints to some degree and in some cases can also affect the soft tissues of the body such as ligaments, lungs and heart valves.
What Are the Types of arthritis
There are over 200 different types of arthritis that can affect both young and old people, the most common forms of arthritis are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, gout and systemic lupus erythematosus.
The most common form of arthritis is Osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease, and is a result of repetitive trauma of the joint and is more common as we get older. There is evidence to suggest that deformity of a joint, such as in hip dysplasia, might contribute to the early development of osteoarthritis. Poor nutrition, poor nerve and blood supply and immobilisation are also contributory factors.
Other forms of arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis are autoimmune diseases in which the body attacks itself. These types of arthritis are more common to see in younger people.
Septic arthritis is caused by joint infection and can either be viral or bacterial.
Gout on the other hand is a metabolic condition, which is caused by deposition of uric acid crystals in the joint, causing inflammation. There is also a more uncommon form of gout caused by the formation of crystals of calcium pyrophosphate. This type of gout is also known as pseudogout.
Can Chiropractic Help Arthritis?
As with any medical condition, it is imperative to have a thorough examination for effective arthritis treatment. Arthritis is especially responsive to Chiropractic care since it affects the joints, nerves, cartridge and muscles of the area affected and many scientific studies have been done that show improvements as much as 85% – 90% in disease activity. (Rutherford, Nicolson, Crowther: Chiropr Assoc. 2005 Jun;49(2):81-91).
Arthritis treatment Toronto varies includes chiropractic care and massage therapy and while each of these offers benefits, the real improvement in mobility and pain level is the result of a combination approach. Chiropractic can blend all these into a complete system of treatment that keeps the arthritis pain sufferer active with reduced pain regardless of age.
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