Arthritic Joint Pain
Arthritic joint pain can be caused from numerous types of arthritis. The most common is the wear and tear arthritis called osteoarthritis. Pain and stiffness are the most common complaints but over time weakness and loss of function may be reported. Osteoarthritis consists of inflammation as well as a breakdown of the cartilage end plates in the joint. This breakdown can lead to more friction in the joint causing a continued loss of cartilage. When x-rays are taken, arthritic joints usually show less distance between the bones and evidence of extra bone growth called osteophytes or spurs.
The most common treatment for osteoarthritis is non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDS however some concern exists regarding negative side effects on specialized cells that line the joints and produce cartilage called chondrocytes. The primary concern is that NSAIDS may inhibit the activity of chondrocytes which could potentially accelerate the progress of arthritis in the long haul. More research is needed to confirm or deny this phenomenon.
Natural treatment options include joint mobilization or chiropractic manipulation as well as healthier lifestyle choices possibly including a better diet and a consistent exercise program. Weight loss is beneficial as well as stretching to reduce pressure and maintain full range of motion in the affected joints. Exercise helps by enhancing the flow of synovial fluid to lubricate and nourish the cells in the joint. Joints depend on motion to keep them healthy. Limited motion can lead to reduced circulation and nutrition ultimately accelerating the arthritis.
Controlling inflammation can be a key component to reducing arthritic joint pain. Many studies point to the use of Omega 3 supplements to reduce arthritic inflammation in the joints. Other treatment options include cold laser therapy, acupuncture, heat and massage. Contact our Frisco, TX chiropractic clinic today if you are suffering from arthritic joint pain and looking for answers. The chiropractors at Frisco Spinal Rehab can help provide solutions and options for many types of arthritic joint pain.