Arthritis, spondylitis or rheumatics are names normally given to the pain and stiffness resulting from wear and tear to your joints. They can occur in any joint of your body, including your spinal vertebrae, and chiropractic can often relieve the pain.
The general ‘wear and tear’ results in joints laying down extra areas of bone in an attempt to support the damaged area. Generally, our bodies compensate for this, and we feel little or no pain – even if the wear and tear is quite advanced. However, slight loss of proper movement in a worn joint may cause nerve irritation and inflammation, which could lead to pain.
Other areas that chiropractors treat which are caused by repeated trauma include shoulder pain, elbow pain, hip pain and knee pain.
Using Chiropractic Treatment to Help
Degeneration of your joints cannot be reversed, but at Exeter Chiropractic Clinic we can help to improve muscle and joint function and if necessary, reduce any nerve irritation. Treatment often involves gentle, specific movements, known as manipulations, to treat the joints, reducing pain and inflammation.
After chiropractic care, your body may become more resilient to further damage. At Exeter Chiropractic Clinic we have a special interest in orthopaedic-related conditions. If you have osteoporosis we will still be able to treat you using various modified treatment methods as well as giving advice on other available treatments. Chiropractic helps to keep your joints mobile and improve your balance and muscle tone to minimise the risk of falling.