According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, participating in moderate physical activity at least three times per week can reduce the risk of arthritis-related disability by 47%.
Preventative activities such as exercise can help reduce your risk of developing arthritis. But what if you are already suffering from symptoms of arthritis? There are several treatments available that can help reduce pain and improve strength and flexibility in the joints. Integra Medical Center is committed to working with you to develop a treatment plan that best fits your specific needs.
Pain Management Injections
Pain management injections are used to immediately relieve your pain and enable your body to heal more effectively. Once your pain is alleviated, we can work with you to address the source of your discomfort and to develop a treatment plan to help alleviate your specific symptoms.
Supartz Injections contain hyaluronate, a substance that mimics the substances that naturally occur in your knees. These injections can improve joint function by acting as a shock absorber and lubricating knee joints.
Kenalog is a steroid that helps reduce inflammation in joints while managing the pain caused by arthritis and decreasing your body’s immune response to diseases.
Arthritis pain often causes sufferers to over-compensate, relying on pain free areas of their body to move and perform daily functions. This can lead to the misalignment of joints over time, causing additional pain. An expert understanding of how the different parts of the body are meant to align and function together, our chiropractors can help relieve arthritis pain through a variety of therapies.
This treatment utilizes both acupressure and laser technology in order to increase blood flow and reduce strain and swelling in your joints. This treatment stimulates both tissue and collagen growth around the muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
This treatment takes less than 20 minutes to perform and is especially beneficial to those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. Ultrasound therapy relieves pain and relaxes the muscles by delivering heat to the inflamed areas that are located too deep to be treated by conventional heating treatments.
Microamperage Neural Therapy
Microamperage Neural Therapy is used to improve mobility and relieve pain. These therapeutic treatments use tiny electrodes attached to the skin to deliver small electric currents through the skin to block pain signals and increase the production of endorphins.
Moist heat therapy
Heat can stimulate blood flow, dilate the blood vessels, raise your body’s pain threshold and reduce muscle spasms. Because heat is transferred more efficiently through water than through air, moist heat therapy uses hot baths, hot towels, and steam baths to transfer more heat to your joints and the surrounding areas than other heating treatments.
There are many benefits to exercising such as increased flexibility, and improved strength in your muscles, joints and bones. But for many arthritis sufferers, exercise can cause more discomfort than relief. Pilates is an exercise that is especially beneficial to those suffering from arthritis because the movements can be tailored to fit your specific needs.
Through isometric Pilates movements you can improve posture, enhance mental awareness and increase flexibility and strength in the muscles without moving your joints; for example, try pressing your palms together. This movement increases strength in the arm muscles without moving your elbow joints. With over 500 movements, Pilates combines breathing techniques with body alignment to develop more efficient movement patterns that strengthen your entire body while avoiding the strain that conventional exercise can put on your body.
There are over 100 forms of arthritis, each with its own set of symptoms.
The following are the three most common forms of arthritis and some of their symptoms:
What Causes Arthritis?
There are no definitive causes for arthritis but there are several lifestyle factors that can increase your risk of developing arthritis.
Excessive weight gain can increase your risk of hip and knee arthritis. Personalized weight loss programs can help reduce the risk of developing or reduce the pain of existing arthritis.
With each injury, the surfaces of your joints are damaged and can increase your risk of developing arthritis. Repetitive or strenuous work conditions, especially heavy lifting, can stiffen and weaken your joints over time. Regular chiropractic care can help regain strength and restricted functionality and range of motion caused by injuries, on the job or otherwise.
The strength of your bones often decrease with age, which increases your risk of developing arthritis.
Women are more at risk of developing arthritis than men.