If you suffer from joint pain and stiffness, you are definitely not alone. According to the CDC, in 2002, roughly 10.5 million Americans said they suffered from “severe” joint pain. By 2014, that number had climbed to 14.6 million.
The CDC also reported that much of this joint pain was linked to arthritis. In the U.S., arthritis effects an estimated 52.5 million adults. And the CDC estimates that number will skyrocket to 78.4 million by 2040.
The pain and stiffness of arthritis can limit a person’s ability to perform basic daily tasks and negatively impact their quality of life. So what can sufferers do to find relief?
Common Arthritis Treatments
To combat disabling arthritis pain, many sufferers reach for painkillers such as acetaminophen and NSAIDS analgesic such as ibuprofen, naproxen and Aleve. The problem with relying on these types of medications is they often come with nasty side effects such as:
Extreme weakness or fatigue
Serious side effects of NSAIDs may include the following:
Allergic reaction, such as difficulty breathing, hives, swelling of the lips, tongue or face
Muscle cramps, numbness or tingling
Rapid weight gain
Black, bloody or tarry stools
Bloody urine or bloody vomit
Decreased hearing or ringing in the ears (also called tinnitus)
Jaundice (the yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes)
There are also some natural arthritis remedies that can help.
Losing excess weight will take unnecessary strain off of your painful joints.
Low-impact physical activities such as walking, biking and swimming are also an excellent way to relieve joint pain and stiffness.
Eating an anti-inflammatory diet full of omega-3 rich foods is also recommended to fight inflammation that is the root cause of pain and stiffness.
But there is another way to effectively and naturally treat arthritis and that is to work with a chiropractor.
How Chiropractic Care Can Help with Arthritis Pain
Now if you’re like most people, when you think of chiropractors you think of medical professionals who mainly help people with back problems. And while it is true that people with back injuries and pain often seek chiropractic care, there is far more to these treatments than you may realize.
Chiropractors are primary-care professionals who take a holistic approach to health. This means they evaluate and treat the entire person to bring about balance, harmony and well-being to their patients.
Though the number of people who swear by chiropractic care has risen dramatically over the past decade, there is still a lot of confusion as to what chiropractors do exactly and how they may help someone with arthritis.
I can understand the confusion. Most people think of chiropractors as those people that crack backs and pop necks back into place. But the reality is, these professionals typically use over 150 techniques, many of them very gentle, to manually adjust the spine and joints to bring about pain relief.
Is Chiropractic Right for All Kinds of Arthritis?
Chiropractic is a very safe treatment for joint pain due to osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a type of joint disease that results from breakdown of joint cartilage and underlying bone.
Where you need to be more careful and cautious is in treating inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis. Joints with active swelling should not be adjusted. But chiropractors can use other highly effective and gentle treatments such as:
You may think of ultrasound as only an imaging technique. But when applied to soft tissues and joints, ultrasound can reduce swelling and decrease pain and stiffness.
Tiny electric pulses treat soft tissue injuries by stimulating muscles and nerves.
Cold laser therapy uses a non-heat-producing laser to penetrate deep tissue thereby reducing pain and inflammation.
Just the right amount of heat is used to increase circulation and loosen stiff joints.
What to Look for in a Chiropractor
If you are interested in exploring chiropractic care for your arthritis pain, you’ll want to start by looking for a provider that has completed four years of chiropractic college. Some may have also completed a one-year internship. It’s also very important to find someone you like and are comfortable with. Don’t think of it as going to a doctor for help, think of it as beginning a partnerships with a medical professional to get your body working and feeling good again!
What if You Could Get Rid of Your Arthritis Pain Once and for All?
I want to introduce you to someone. He is a very well-established doctor that was, not too long ago, reliant on pain medication to get him through the day. The pain and stiffness from his knee seemed to be getting worse by the day, despite his popping numerous pills. Things were getting so bad that he was certain he was going to have to give up the practice he loved and worked so hard to build over the years.
But he was determined to help himself feel better.
As they say, long story short, this doctor stumbled upon a few natural protocols that completely relieved him of his arthritis pain. That’s right, he was able to throw away the medication and continue working as a doctor, helping others.
And help others he has!
He has helped countless people now get rid of the pain and stiffness of arthritis, and he wants to do the same for you.
Are you ready to meet this man with such an amazing story?