Most of us welcome the cooler weather this time of year, unless you are one of the millions of people who suffer from arthritis and the cold aggravates your symptoms. Dr. Jess at the Cafe of Life in Longmont has helped countless patients find relief from their arthritis pain with her excellent chiropractic care.
The breakdown of cartilage caused by osteoarthritis (OA) most commonly occurs in the finger joints, knees, neck and lower back. According to the Arthritis Foundation, 27 million Americans, most over age 65, deal with the swelling, immobility and pain of this disease. 1.5 million Americans, 75% of whom are women, suffer from joint damage caused by rheumatoid arthritis. This autoimmune disease actually attacks joints, creating inflammation which leads to the loss of cartilage in the hands, wrists, elbows, knees, ankles and feet; and can also impair the cardiovascular or respiratory system.
The Arthritis Foundation references a 2013 study published in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage which found that six weeks of chiropractic treatments was more effective in relieving pain for patients with hip OA than just a daily stretching routine. And a British 2010 analysis of almost 100 controlled trials concluded that knee OA, neck and low back pain was relieved through spinal manipulation.
If you take prescription medication to manage arthritis but would like to find an alternative form of relief, consider seeing a chiropractor to relieve your pain. Through gentle spinal manipulation, chiropractors take the pressure off compressed nerves which not only alleviates pain but also improves immune function by opening up blocked nerve pathways. Chiropractors also take a whole body approach when creating a treatment plan for arthritis sufferers that may include specialized home exercises to practice between visits and advice on an anti-inflammatory diet to reduce swelling in the joints.
No matter how advanced your arthritis is, or if it’s rheumatoid or osteoarthritis, Dr. Jess at the Cafe of Life in Longmont will provide effective chiropractic care for fast pain relief. Make an appointment today to begin an individualized treatment plan and restore your optimal health!