There are many types of arthritis, such as psoriatic, rheumatoid, and osteoarthritis. Chiropractic is most likely to help you with osteoarthritis, which is by far the most common type of arthritis. Osteoarthritis, or degenerative joint disease, is caused by repetitive stress or “wear-and-tear” to the joint over time. This wear-and-tear of the cartilage, which is responsible for absorbing shock as we move, between the bones can eventually lead to reduced function and disability. This type of arthritis can vary in symptoms, causing pain, stiffness, limited range of motion, and swelling. According to the CDC, 32.5 million Americans (about 1 in 4 people) suffer from osteoarthritis.
Is Arthritis why do my joints always crack and crunch? That grinding and cracking is called crepitus and it is most likely coming from wear and tear at joints of an old injury or an area that is not moving particularly well. Crepitus can happen in anyone but it most often occurs in older adults. If you have experienced a grinding, cracking, or grating joint you should be going to a chiropractor! Your joints have been damaged due to an old injury, or compensating and moving wrong over time, which adds extra stress on your body. The adjustment is a powerful tool in the treatment of osteoarthritis because it relieves pressure on the joints, thus less degeneration. Chiropractors will help you get your joints moving better while knocking down that inflammation and pain!
There are also ways you can help yourself if you have osteoarthritis. Some of these things include: increasing your physical activity, physical therapy or chiropractic, protecting your joints by reducing repetitive or strenuous tasks that often aggravate your joints, and by keeping your body moving whether it is with walking or swimming. If you find it difficult getting out of pain give Cumberland Chiropractic and Sports Medicine a call.
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