According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 40 million Americans are living with some form of arthritis. Although it is most common in adults over the age of 65, arthritis can develop at any age, and also affects over a quarter of a million children according to the CDC. If you are suffering from arthritis related joint or low back pain, a chiropractor at the King Chiropractic Institute at one of several Maryland locations including Potomac, Urbana, Gaithersburg and Clarksburg can help.
What is Arthritis?
There are many different forms and subtypes of arthritis, which causes inflammation and cartilage degeneration in the joints, leading to pain, stiffness and problems with mobility. Some forms of arthritis are degenerative and can lead to permanent joint damage over time.
What Causes It?
Arthritis can develop from either mechanical injury to a joint or through normal wear and tear over time, or as the result of an autoimmune disorder, which causes the immune system to mistakenly target healthy cells and tissue, depending on the type. Other factors like genetics, family history, or infections can also increase the risk in some cases. Studies have shown that suffering from orthopedic or sports injuries may increase the risk of developing osteoarthritis later in life, even if the injury heals correctly.
What are the Different Types of Arthritis?
There are hundreds of different forms of arthritis according to the Arthritis Foundation. Some are more common in adults, while others affect children and younger adults. Some of the most common types include:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Psoriatic arthritis
- Fibromyalgia and gout
What are the Symptoms of Arthritis?
The symptoms vary depending on the type of arthritis, the location, and the person, but the most common are usually pain, swelling, stiffness and limited range of motion in the affected joint. Contact your doctor as soon as possible if you also experience fever of flu like symptoms.
How Can a Chiropractor Help My Arthritis?
A chiropractor may be able to help relieve joint pain and improve circulation and range of motion through chiropractic therapy.
Find a Chiropractor in Potomac, Urbana, Gaithersburg and Clarksburg
For more information on the symptoms and management options for arthritis, contact King Chiropractic Institute to schedule an appointment at one of our Maryland locations today. Potomac 240-403-7103; Gaithersburg 301-926-5200; Clarksburg 240-745-2151; Urbana 301-874-9002.