A recent article in Medscape Rheumatology (9.25.13) found an increase in use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for relief of arthritis pain, in comparison to lifestyle modification and pharmacotherapy. Among CAM options available, chiropractic care is documented as one of the most popular among consumers, according to research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Nathan Wei MC, rheumatologist, has noted that in many cases Doctors of Chiropractic are more knowledgeable about the musculoskeletal system than other health care providers.
Chiropractors treat arthritis differently than the common medical approach of pain pills and anti-inflammatory medication, that all cause long term negative and often dangerous side effects. Instead of masking or suppressing the symptoms of arthritis, our doctors at The Brost Clinic look for the cause and correct that.
Basically there are two main types of arthritis, the “wear and tear” type (osteoarthritis or degenerative arthritis) and inflammatory arthritis (rheumatoid, etc.) Arthritis in the spine develops in joints that are misaligned for a period of time or from uncorrected trauma to the spine such as an untreated whiplash injury. This type of arthritis can be treated very effectively with chiropractic adjustments.
Inflammatory arthritis also responds well to chiropractic adjustments but warrants further investigation to determine the cause. Diet changes and nutritional supplements are often required in conjunction with chiropractic care.
Acupuncture is a good compliment to chiropractic care and massage therapy can also be helpful. The Brost Clinic has expertise in all of these treatments and can tailor the most effective treatment plan for each patient, to alleviate the gradual worsening symptoms of arthritis, by correcting the cause instead of just masking the symptoms.
If you or anyone you care about suffers from arthritis, call today to schedule an appointment!
-Dr. Barbro Brost