When you’re one of approximately 91 million American women, men, and children with arthritis, everyday tasks can become painful or even impossible. Chad Mathey, DC, caring and compassionate chiropractor at Crown Medical Center in Huntsville, offers supportive and restorative therapies to help you alleviate pain and restore motion. If you want to manage your arthritis, call the helpful Crown Medical Center team or use the online form to book an appointment.
Arthritis Q & A
What are the types of arthritis?
Arthritis represents a collection of about 100 joint diseases and related conditions. Most women, men, and children have one of two main forms of arthritis:
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and usually occurs over time through overuse — including repetitive motions — and aging. You develop osteoarthritis when the protective, cushioning cartilage tissue between your joint socket and joint bone deteriorates so that the bones start to grind against one another. The friction of the bones creates pain, inflammation, and stiffness, which makes it difficult to move your joint comfortably.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder. If you have rheumatoid arthritis, your immune system releases enzymes that mistakenly attack your synovial membrane, which is the lubricating tissue that lines your joint. When your synovial membrane becomes inflamed and degraded, the inflammation and deterioration can spread to your cartilage and bones, too.
How can I tell if I have arthritis?
Arthritis can affect any joint in your body. Both types of arthritis cause symptoms such as joints that are:
- Limited in mobility
Because RA is an autoimmune condition, if you have this type of arthritis you may have symptoms non-joint related, including:
- Red or bumpy skin
- Inflamed eyes
- Lung inflammation
- Weight loss
When you come to Crown Medical Center for an arthritis evaluation, be sure to share any troubling signs or symptoms with Dr. Mathey, even if you don’t think they’re related to your arthritis. When treating your arthritis, Dr. Mathey’s goal is to restore health to your entire body.
How do chiropractors treat arthritis?
When you have arthritis, the cartilage and other tissues that protect your joints are deteriorated or inflamed. Dr. Mathey increases the circulation of restorative lymph and blood to your joints with various types of massage therapies. He may also recommend:
- Weightlifting to build up strength and support joints
- Aerobics and endurance exercises
- Stretching and other flexibility exercises
- Adding omega-3 fatty acids to diet and supplements
- Anti-inflammatory herbs, including turmeric and ginger
- Eliminating allergens from your diet
- Chiropractic adjustments to align the spine
- Physical therapy to build strength, endurance, and balance
To find relief from pain and restore mobility, contact the team at Crown Medical Center by phone or use the online form.