When any form of arthritis invades your joints, you may feel as if the mechanisms of your body are coming to a grinding halt. Joint pain, swelling, stiffness, and inflammation can deny you many of the joys of your everyday life, from enjoying favorite hobbies to pursuing your career. But you don't have to enslave yourself to medication to get those symptoms under control, thanks to the all-natural arthritis management offered by our Beaverton chiropractors at Unity Chiropractic & Wellness Center, Dr. Kathy Cantwell and Dr. Justin Jelen.
Arthritis Definition and Diagnosis
The term "arthritis" strictly refers to joint pain or inflammation. This means that it applies, not to any sole condition, but to as many as 100 different problems that can produce pain and stiffness in joints. Of these, the most common general forms of arthritis include osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. The symptoms of your arthritis can help our chiropractor diagnose what kind of arthritis you have. While both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis cause pain and stiffness, osteoarthritis symptoms are more likely to be a constant irritant, while rheumatoid arthritis symptoms (which also include swelling of the joints) may come and go. X-rays, blood tests, and other diagnostic procedures can confirm either Dr. Cantwell's or Dr. Jelen's diagnosis.
The Reasons People Get Arthritis
Why does arthritis attack its sufferers? Osteoarthritis is typically caused by sustained wear on the joints, either through overuse or simply from decades of normal use. The cartilage between the bone ends thins out and degenerates, causing painful friction. Rheumatoid arthritis can be caused by a variety of autoimmune diseases, with the tissues of the joint capsule mistaken for a malignant invader by the immune system.
How Our Beaverton Chiropractor Can Treat Your Condition
Our Beaverton chiropractor can treat your arthritis without drugs by optimizing the position and function of the joint components. Chiropractic adjustments can help your joints move more easily and normally; this allows you to stay more mobile, which in turn encourages a greater range of motion. Sacro-Occipital Technique and spinal decompression therapy can ease arthritis pain in the joints of the spinal column. Acupuncture is another useful technique we can use to ease your pain non-pharmaceutically. We combine multiple healing modalities to create an arthritis treatment plan that suits your individual condition and goals -- in keeping with our slogan, "Unity: Parts Coming Together as a Whole."
Need Help Controlling Your Arthritis?
Take action to control your arthritis symptoms safely and effectively before those symptoms end up controlling you. Call Unity Chiropractic & Wellness Center in Beaverton at 503-747-3388 today to schedule a consultation and drug-free treatment from our chiropractor!