Whenever the subject of arthritis comes up, the conversation usually includes something about the pain and discomfort levels the disorder causes. If you are the one with the condition, you know first-hand how arthritis can interfere with your day-to-day activities. You may find that you are always looking for a better way to manage the condition so that it does not completely dominate your life. This may be when the topic of chiropractic care enters the conversation. Finding the right arthritis chiropractor can bring you relief. Proper chiropractic care can help you live with the condition in a way that lets you function better.
At Lakeside Sports Chiropractic Center & Motorsports Rehab, our arthritis chiropractor can help people with arthritis by working on improvements in the range of motion. Since arthritis includes inflammation of the joints, it tends to impact the range of motion in the affected areas. This, in turn, limits the activities in which a person can participate. When some of the movement is restored, you will find that your ability to resume certain tasks is also restored.
Chiropractors are known for the manual adjustments that they perform. This is not, however, the only thing they do. In fact, when swelling is present as a result of arthritis, a manual adjustment may not be called for at that particular time. Instead, we may employ other measures to help with inflammation and swelling.
Ultrasound is used extensively in the medical field for imaging and diagnostic purposes. That is not the limit of its function, however. The gentle heat that is created from its use has therapeutic benefits as well. Chiropractors frequently use ultrasound for this purpose. The sound waves will penetrate into deeper tissue and produce benefits that would not be achievable by applying heat to the surface alone. This method also promotes blood flow in the treated areas, which may further enhance healing and range of motion.
Electronic stimulation is another technique often employed during visits to our chiropractor. It works by using electronic signals to contract and relax muscle tissue. This therapy is intended to reduce inflammation, thereby relieving pain in the treated areas.
Dr. Lidstrom may also implement ice and heat treatments to ease the discomfort brought on by arthritis. Ice will help to control swelling, and heat will stimulate blood flow in order to promote healing.
Our arthritis chiropractor can also help you by showing you some rehabilitative exercises that can be done both in the office and at home. During your appointment, Dr. Lidstrom can show you how to do them properly on your own between visits. These exercises are designed to contribute to joint flexibility and movement. Joints are less likely to stiffen up if they are kept active. In addition, massage therapy may also greatly help to reduce inflammation and improve circulation.
If you have arthritis and are looking for non-invasive ways to find relief without having to rely on medication, you should have a discussion with our arthritis chiropractor. Dr. Lidstrom can explain in more detail the treatment options available to help you lead a fuller, more active life. Lakeside Sports Chiropractic Center & Motorsports Rehab helps patients in Cornelius regain their quality of life every day with expert chiropractic care. If you are interested in effective, personalized therapy for your arthritis, contact our office today to schedule your consultation!