At Lakeside Sports Chiropractic Center and Motorsports Rehab, we offer chiropractic care for a variety of different conditions. Our staff, led by Dr. Jen Lidstrom, can help address the underlying issues of your arthritis pain and determine the best possible chiropractic techniques to help minimize pain and discomfort. Don’t struggle with your arthritis pain, contact Lakeside Sports Chiropractic today.

What Does A Chiropractor Do?

A chiropractor treats pain through hands-on manipulation of the spine and other alternative treatments. Chiropractors believe properly aligning the spine and the rest of the musculoskeletal system will promote healing without having to use medicine or surgery. The chiropractor also manipulates the joints to restore mobility.

Chiropractic care is used to treat joints that have been injured by either a traumatic event, like a bad fall, or repeated stress, like sitting too long. It is most commonly used to provide pain relief for muscles, bones, joints and connective tissues like tendons. It can be used along with conventional treatments.

The chiropractor will take a medical history and perform a physical exam. They may also conduct tests to determine if chiropractic is an appropriate treatment or not. The chiropractor’s goals will be to improve or restore function and prevent injury as well as relieve pain.

When Is Chiropractic Helpful?

Chiropractic is considered an effective treatment for acute low back pain. This is the type of pain that can result from an injury associated with getting tackled or moving furniture. It doesn’t last any longer than six weeks, and it gets better on its own.

Chiropractic is also known to be an effective treatment for neck pains and headaches. The moderate pressure used by both chiropractors and deep tissue massage therapists can help patients with fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis or non-inflammatory arthritis.

Who Should Not Have Chiropractic?

Chiropractic should not be used to treat osteoporosis, inflammatory or rheumatoid arthritis, spinal cord compression or patients taking blood-thinners. People with a history of cancer should get clearance from their doctor first.

What Are The Differences Between Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis?

While osteoarthritis or non-inflammatory arthritis still results in inflamed joints, it is caused by degeneration of the cartilage while rheumatoid arthritis is an auto-immune disorder. That means it’s caused by a glitch in the immune system that causes the immune system to attack healthy tissue in the patient’s own body. Osteoarthritis most commonly affects the hands, hips, knees, and spine.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic disease, which means it doesn’t just cause painful joints. It can affect other body parts, like eyes and lungs. It can also cause weakness and fatigue.

Osteoarthritis can be found through X-rays or MRIs. The latter is particularly effective at detecting cartilage problems.

Blood tests are used to diagnose rheumatoid arthritis. In this case, the doctor will check for rheumatoid factors. These are the antibodies commonly found in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.