Arthritis

Newmarket Chiropractor Eases Arthritic Pain

Rheumatoid_Arthritis_HandsIn very simple terms, arthritis is inflammation and stiffness in the body joints that are painful. The word arthritis has its roots from the Greek word  arthron meaning  joint,  The Latin word itis means inflammation. Arthritis has its affect on the musculoskeletal system. It specifically affects the joints. It causes significant problems in people over the age of 55, although there are forms of arthritis can affect young people. There are many medical conditions that affect the body that are covered under the umbrella known as arthritis. Indeed there are over 100 medical conditions that are brought about by arthritis. We will address the main conditions in this article, but first we need to identify the root causes of this disease.

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What Causes Arthritis?

Determining the cause of arthritis can be difficult because there are a number of factors300px-Overweight_waistline that may contribute to this sometimes very debilitating disease. Firstly, heredity and genetic factors do play a role, but exactly how significantly these factors contribute to the disease is not certain.

Weight is certainly one factor that is often associated with heredity and weight plays a role in the arthritic condition of many patients. Excess body weight causes a greater amount of pressure on the hips, knees, ankles and feet and this in turn causes more wear on the joints in those areas.
Age is also a major contributor to this disease. As we grow older, the ability of the body to repair cartilage decreases. This is a natural process that none of us can escape; however chiropractic care can be of considerable help in rejuvenating the body and reinvigorating the body’s ability to repair cells. An example of this is the use of laser therapy. Laser treatments by a qualified practitioner can actually accelerate cell repair and rebuilding of tissues and cartilage. The dramatic results of laser therapy treatment on a heart patient is one example of how this method actually saved a man’s life. The story can be seen by clicking here.

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Additional causes that can lead to arthritic conditions are as follows:

  • Accidents and Injuries

Joint surfaces are typically smooth and cause no abrasion; however damage to the joints, even from childhood can result in irregularities to the joint surface that can lead to arthritis.

  • Work and Occupational Issues

Arthritis is more prevalent depending on the type of daily routines that you perform. Repetitive routines such as assembly line jobs and pastimes that involve heavy lifting, construction and manual activities tend to lead to a greater occurrence of arthritic conditions.

  • 475244661_4fd502446d_mIntense Sports

Sports participation can lead to joint injury that subsequently lead to arthritis. While there is controversy and difficulty whether participating in sports actually causes arthritis, the general belief is that the benefits of sports activity is likely to outweigh any risk of arthritis, especially if no injuries are associated with the activity.

  • Infection and Illness

Septic joint, a condition brought about by a bacterial infection in the joint, and gout, caused by a build-up of uric acid in the toe joint are two examples of infection that lead to chronic arthritis.

Arthritis is a major cause of disability in Canada. There are over 100 different diseases or conditions that are considered to be arthritic in their origin. The graph below provides the statistics.

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Types of Arthritis

The major 3 causes that produce arthritis and its many symptoms are as follows:

  • Osteoarthritis – (OA) this is the most common form of arthritis. It is considered to be a degenerative disease of the joints. That means a gradual deterioration of the joint cartilage and the associated loss of functionality. This deterioration usually worsens over time. The factors contributing to the disease are overweight or obesity, joint injury, and age. Need more? Then read more about osteoarthritis.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis – (RA) this is a systemic disease, meaning that it affects all of the muscles, tendons, joints, bones, or nerves in the body. It is typically caused by a malfunction of the immune system. RA inflames the membranes lining the joints. This brings about pain, heat, swelling and ultimately causes severe joint damage. Read more about rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Juvenile Arthritis – (JA) this form of arthritis can develop in children 16 tears old or younger. It is basically a catch-all term used to describe autoimmune diseases and inflammatory conditions that children may develop. Read more about juvenile arthritis.
  • Other forms of arthritis and arthritic symptoms include:

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Living with Arthritis

Arthritis can makes daily routines difficult. tiresome and exhausting but there are many methods and therapies, that can improve your life, compared to doing nothing at all. It is important to seek medical advice and treatment. Despite the fact that no cure exists, there is much that can be done to minimize its effects. Generally chiropractors are very knowledgeable as all of them have patients suffering from varying degrees of arthritis. If you’d like to discuss options with Newmarket chiropractor Peter Lemasurier, don’t hesitate to call him at:

 

905 478 2225


 

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