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Arthritis Care at Back & Body Wellness Centre

wrist painArthritis, a disease that damages the joints, is an extremely common condition that primarily affects individuals over the age of 50; however, people of any age can experience it, even young adults and kids.

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Common Types

There are over 100 different types of arthritis, but some are more prevalent than others. Here are the most common forms:

  • Osteoarthritis – This “wear and tear” arthritis occurs with aging and causes cartilage breakdown in joints.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis – Most common in women over 50, RA is an autoimmune disorder where the immune system attacks joints, causing inflammation.
  • Gout – This very painful type is caused by uric acid crystals forming in joints, leading to sharp pain. It’s more common in men later in life.
  • Ankylosing spondylitis – This type affects the lower back by causing inflammation in the spine.
  • Juvenile arthritis - Less common than other types, JA affects children and teens under age 16.

Symptoms and Flare-Ups

Arthritis symptoms can vary but generally include joint pain, swelling, reduced mobility, skin redness, and a sensation of warmth around the affected areas.

Flare-ups can be triggered by various factors. One common trigger is weather changes, with cold weather often causing a noticeable increase in pain. Lifestyle factors also play a significant role; diet, exercise habits, smoking, stress, and the overuse or injury of joints can all lead to flare-ups. Genetics is another key factor, as a family history of arthritis can predispose individuals to experiencing these conditions.

Additionally, other health conditions, such as autoimmune diseases or obesity, can put extra stress on joints, thereby increasing the risk of flare-ups. Finally, inactivity can exacerbate arthritis symptoms; failing to keep joints mobile and muscles strong through regular low-impact exercise can allow the condition to worsen over time.

Making a Diagnosis

We first get a detailed health history and perform a physical exam. During the exam, we check the joints for signs of pain, swelling, stiffness, reduced range of motion, and skin discoloration. The exam helps us determine which type of arthritis the patient may have and where it is located.

Treatment Options

Here are some of the ways we can address arthritis at Back & Body Wellness Centre:

  • Chiropractic adjustments can improve range of motion and reduce arthritis symptoms over time, from one to several visits. Maintenance chiropractic care is important to prevent future pain by addressing any spinal misalignments before they become problems.
  • Treatments like laser therapy, ultrasound, and shockwave therapy can be used to increase range of motion and decrease pain and inflammation.
  • Exercises and posture techniques taught by the chiropractor are important for arthritis patients to do at home, along with stretches, to help reverse damage and improve mobility.
  • Proper posture can help reduce “bumps” commonly forming on the neck and upper back.

Book an Appointment

If you suspect you have arthritis or are experiencing symptoms, we invite you to book an appointment at Back & Body Wellness Centre.

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Arthritis Care Surrey, Langley BC | (604) 594-3808