The title of this article is mostly a joke. Unless, of course, you have a tendency to have joint inflammation. For those patients, they will tell you that they can predict the future because they know without question when the weather is about to change. When the weather is about to change, you will hear them start telling the doctor about it, right? But what can be done about it?
Chiropractic treatment for joint inflammation
Joint inflammation is often accompanied by tenderness, swelling, feeling of warmth around the joints, over hour-long morning stiffness and worst of all is severe pain.
Forms of information
Inflammation of the joint appears in different forms; a few of the reasons are as follows:
- Injury (sprain/strain, etc.)
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
- Psoriatic arthritis (PsA)
- Ankylosing spondylitis (AS)
One common feature of the aforementioned health issues is that it affects the immune system, and thus, inflammatory chemicals are released to attack the tissues around the joint.
Swelling around the joints is experienced, and such joint swelling is often accompanied by loss of muscle strength, damage to the bone and cartilage as well as an increase in joint fluid. Severe pain is also experienced around the joints as a result of the irritation of the nerves around the joint. Nerves around other parts of the body can as well be activated, causing pain not just at the joints but the entire body in general.
Causes of joint inflammation
- Bone Erosion
As a result of an injury that may have damaged the bones around the joints, a person may experience inflammatory joint pain.
Synovitis is caused by an inflammation of the synovium (the tiny membrane located in the joints, releases chemicals that nerve irritation and increases joint fluid.
- Damage to Ligament
Damaged ligament tissue which surrounds the joints often leads to joint irritation.
- Weakness of the muscle
A weak joint muscle might not be able to support the weight placed on it and might result in joint inflammation
- Joint Fusion
The fusion of tiny bones forming the vertebrae may cause the inability of a person to move.
Chiropractic treatment for joint inflammation
Amarillo chiropractors are well-trained health practitioners who specialize in treating different illnesses that affect the bone, joint, spine, muscles, etc. Chiropractors can help treat joint inflammation through the following means.
- Low Level Laser
Also known as cold laser, low level laser hs been showing researchers for more than a decade that it can help sprains and strains heal faster while reducing the amount of inflammation in injured or inflamed joints.
- Chiropractic Adjustments
Chiropractors in Amarillo can use different adjustment techniques to treat joint inflammation. Adjusting the bones in the joints helps increase blood flow, acts as an analgesic, and increases normal, functional movement patterns.
Aside from the adjustment of bones, vertebrae, spines, and even muscles, chiropractors offer expert advice that can help treat inflammation in the joints. They include the following:
- Weight Loss
The root cause of muscle weakness in most cases is a result of excess body weight or obesity. Excessive weight exerts pressure on the joints and can lead to cartilage tear, which results in chronic pain around the joint. Chiropractors advise you on different weight loss programs to reduce inflammatory tendencies in your joint.
- Regular intake of anti-inflammatory diets
Eating anti-inflammatory foods such as lean meat, fruits, fish, etc. can help reduce inflammation. It is also advisable to take food supplements rich in magnesium and Vitamin D to improve the health of your joints.
- Managing stress
Research has shown that having adequate sleep helps your muscles to relax. You should try different relaxation techniques to manage and relieve your stress. Meditation and yoga are a few ways you can manage your stress. Stress causes muscle weakness which can result in joint and general body pain. When the muscles are overstressed, they could become painful and inflamed. Adequate rest is encouraged by chiropractors.
How we can help
If you are suffering from knee pain and this is taking much of your time as you are not allowed to carry out your usual daily activities, then you might want to consider us.
We are one of the best chiropractors in Amarillo, and our compassionate team will not only help you with the best and most effective chiropractic adjustment, but we can also provide you with knowledge on how to take control of your health.
Our lead chiropractor is a specialist in orthopedics and the neuromusculoskeletal system and has an advanced certification in whiplash biomechanics and traumatology. Dr. Williams is currently undergoing study towards his certification as a Diplomate in the International Academy of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and will get certified in about two months.