What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is a painful disease that is caused by inflammation of the joints. Anybody can be affected by arthritis, but it most commonly affects adults over the age of 65.

Although there are hundreds of different types of arthritis that can affect nearly any joint in the body, two main types may see improvement through chiropractic care: osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoarthritis occurs when the flexible cartilage in the joints start to break down. It is most common in older women and is degenerative over time.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that occurs when the body’s immune system starts to attack the tissue in its joints, causing chronic inflammation and degradation of the joint.

Symptoms

The most common symptom of arthritis is ongoing pain in the joints. Other symptoms may include:

  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Painful movements
  • Increased pain in the mornings
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite (rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Anemia (rheumatoid arthritis)

What Causes Arthritis?

Arthritis occurs when cartilage (the flexible connective tissue that holds joints together) starts to break down or weakens. Cartilage plays an important role in absorbing the shock caused by movements. When you have less or weaker cartilage, movements are more likely to cause pain and inflammation.

Like so many parts of our bodies, cartilage is more likely to break down over time through normal wear and tear. Injury and infections can also play a role in the development of arthritis later in life. A family history of osteoarthritis may also play a role in your likelihood of developing the disease.

How Can Reinhardt Chiropractic in Denver help with Arthritis?

Chiropractic care can be widely beneficial for people suffering from the painful symptoms of arthritis. Dr. Reinhardt can deliver safe, non-invasive adjustments to help ease your pain, without the use of harsh or addictive drugs.

Chiropractic adjustments, in particular, help reduce misalignments in the spine and other areas where the joints are improperly restricted. Adjustments help improve the overall health of your nervous system and reduce general inflammation in the body and joints.

Some of the benefits our arthritis patients have reported seeing after care include:

  • Decreased pain & inflammation
  • Reduced swelling
  • Increased range of motion
  • Improved energy levels & activity
  • Increased flexibility
  • Increased sense of well-being

Treatments

Explore some of the services below to see what treatments we offer to help ease the symptoms of your arthritis.