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Arthritis impacts the lives of at least 80 percent of all Americans over the age of 55, but people of all ages can be afflicted with some variety of this potentially devastating problem. Chronic joint inflammation and deterioration can severely limit your mobility, manual dexterity and quality of life. But you can get your arthritis under control without drugging yourself or turning to drastic measures such as joint fusion surgery -- thanks to the natural treatment methods available at Pain Care Associates in Benton and Little Rock, Arkansas.
One of the tricky aspects of dealing with arthritis is that it isn't a single disorder, some 200 different diseases can cause the chronic joint swelling, pain and inflammation we think of arthritis. The two most common varieties are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage that separates and cushions the bone ends in a joint starts to wear down and break up into pieces. It is often accompanied by a reduction in the synovial fluid that lubricates the joint and allows for easy, frictionless motion. Over time, the cartilage thins to the point that you experience the pain of bone-on-bone friction. Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammation of the joint lining believed to be related to immune-system abnormalities. It can cause painful swelling in the joints that may seem to come and go in bouts.
Natural arthritis treatments at Pain Care Associates can do more than simply dull your pain and inflammation for a few hours at time -- it can actually help you control the underlying causes of your arthritis to bring more lasting relief and minimize further joint deterioration. Chiropractic adjustment is particularly helpful for addressing osteoarthritis. Your chiropractor (Dr. Stewart, Dr. Vang or Dr. Barger) can tell from a spinal screening whether your arthritis has been aggravated (or perhaps even originally caused) by a spinal misalignment that places unnatural stress on specific joints. Correcting these alignment problems can relieve this extra stress and slow the progress of your arthritis while also reducing your pain and other symptoms. While rheumatoid arthritis is less likely to respond directly to chiropractic adjustment, spinal corrections that normalize your nerve and immune function can help you experience less systemic inflammation.
Physical therapy can also be tremendously helpful for controlling arthritis pain and improving function. Arthritis one of those conditions in which it actually helps to use the afflicted body part instead of keeping it at rest constantly. Our chiropractor and physical therapist can collaborate on a comprehensive, personalized arthritis treatment plan that includes both chiropractic adjustment and physical therapy to help you stay mobile and minimize joint stiffness.
Don't let arthritis set the pace for the rest of your life. Call Pain Care Associates in Benton or Little rock to schedule consultations with a chiropractor and physical therapist on our skilled team. We can help manage your symptoms and take charge of your quality of life!