Rheumatoid Arthritis - Cause, Symptoms and Chiropractic Care

by Administrator 24. January 2010 13:07

Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic, progressive, inflammatory, systemic disease. It is an auto-immune disorder which causes inflammation of the joints and is more common in females.

Causes - Cause of Rheumatoid Arthritis is unknown however there are certain risk factors. Some of these risk factors include

  • Genetic Susceptibility
  • Environmental factors
  • Immune system dysfunction – Rheumatoid Arthritis is a autoimmune disorder. The body’s immune system starts making antibodies against the body tissues. In this disease the immune system mistakes the healthy tissue for a foreign invader and starts attacking the healthy tissue of the body. The various risk factors are thought to be triggers for the dysfunction of the immune system.
  • Infections - Some researchers believe that the various infections may also act as the trigger for the immune system. Though RA is not contagious, still it’s thought to be associated with infectious diseases.

Symptoms Of Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Initial symptoms include pain, warmth, swelling and redness around the affected joint.
  • The inflamed joints release enzymes that destroy the cartilage and bone. This causes loss of movement and deformity in the joints.
  • Weakness
  • Weight loss
  • Flu like symptoms
  • Stiffness in the joints especially in the morning or after prolonged sitting

Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic disease that becomes more active at times followed by some period of remission or disease inactivity.

Diagnosis is made on the basis of

  • Medical history
  • Physical examination
  • Clinical symptoms
  • Certain lab tests like – ESR, C-Reactive Proteins, RA factor in the blood, antinuclear antibodies in the blood.

Chiropractic Care For Rheumatoid Arthritis

A. Advice on lifestyle modifications

  • Safety measures at home since due to deformity in the joints patients are more prone to falls
  • Active lifestyle
  • Regular exercises
  • Adequate rest

B. Advice on the assistive devices like walking aids splints that may ease pressure on the joints and also to minimize the deformity in the joints.
C. Range of motion exercises
D. Strengthening exercises of the muscles around the involved joints.

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Chiropractic Care for Osteoarthritis of Knees

by Administrator 16. January 2010 11:37

What is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis affecting manly people who are above 50 years of age. Osteoarthritis is a painful, degenerative and progressive disease of the joints, wherein there is a gradual loss of articular cartilage from the joints. Knees are the most common joint affected by Osteoarthritis.

Causes of the Osteoarthritis of Knees
Osteoarthritis mainly causes disruption of the cartilage of the knees joints. Cartilage covers the ends of the bones in the joints (articular surfaces of the bones) and helps in smooth motion and shock absorption. When cartilage is disrupted there occurs more friction between the bones during motion. This causes thickening of ends of the bone and as a result bone spurs may form.
Some of the causes for the disruption of cartilage in Osteoarthritis of Knees can be:

  • Genetic susceptibility
  • Aging Process
  • Joint injury
  • Long Period of inactivity
  • Being Overweight
  • Weak Muscles

Symptoms of Osteoarthritis of Knee

  • Pain in the Knees
  • Difficulty in walking and running
  • Muscle weakness in the lower limbs

Chiropractic Care for Osteoarthritis of Knees

Weight control 

  • This includes advices on Aerobic exercises and Life style modifications

Regular exercises

  • Strengthening exercises for muscles of lower limb. These exercises make muscles of lower limb stable and resist further damage.
  • Range-of-Motion Exercises – These help maintain the flexibility and range of motion of the knee joints

Heat Therapy

  • Hot packs are used to relieve the pain in the joint and also to relax the muscles before starting the exercises. Heat therapy also relieves stiffness in the joints

Support to the joint

  • Knee joint bear weight of the body. Chiropractic care may include supporting the knee joint with protective braces and walking aids so that the weight on t he knees is reduced.

Corrective Chiropractic And Wellness serves Killeen and Harker Heights areas in Texas (TX).

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Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

by Administrator 10. January 2010 17:15

During pregnancy the body undergoes certain physical changes that may lead to discomfort, pains and aches. Many hormones are increased during pregnancy and these hormones relax the muscles, ligaments and joints. This relaxation, weight gain and postural changes lead to physical problems. Some of the common physical problems during pregnancy include

Swollen hands and feet – Pregnancy can bring with it swelling of hands, feet, ankles and face. It occurs due to retention of water in the body and increased body weight.

Chiropractic Care Includes

  • Nutrition advices – reduce the salt intake, increase the protein intake.
  • Posture – Avoid long standing; don’t keep the foot in air while sitting. It should be well supported on some stool.
  • Chiropractic Massage

Tingling and numbness – Tingling and numbness may be felt in the hands and feet. It is caused since there is increase in pressure on the nerves. Nerves of hands and legs emerge from the spine. With increase in the body weight, there is pressure on these nerves resulting in tingling and numbness.

Chiropractic Care Includes

  • Stretching exercises of the arms and legs
  • Gentle mobilizing exercises of arms and legs
  • Massage
  • Posture advice - Avoid sitting or standing for longer periods. Take rest in between

Leg cramps – Leg cramps may occur suddenly in pregnancy and may be quite painful. They mostly occur in the last months of the pregnancy. Sluggish blood circulation, lack of calcium, and lack of the vitamin B or E may be the possible causes of the cramps.

Chiropractic Care Includes

  • Exercises to increase the circulation in the legs.
  • Nutrition advice – increase intake of milk products.
  • Hot water fermentation

Backaches - The weight of the baby is supported by the backbone, with the assistance of the muscles of the back and abdomen.  When these muscles become week and relax, the pressure on the backbone is more which causes discomfort and pain in the back.

Chiropractic Care Includes

  • Gentle Stretching exercises
  • Soft tissue mobilization to relax the muscles
  • Advice to maintain good posture.

For more information, visit us at Corrective Chiropractic And Wellness. Our chiropractic clinic serves Harker Heights and Killeen area in Texas TX

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Muscle Spasm and Chiropractic Care

by Administrator 5. January 2010 07:04

Muscle spasm is an involuntary contraction of the muscles that causes shortening of the muscle. It is felt like a cramp or the tightness in the muscle. Muscle spasms are not always painful. Muscle spasms when painful are felt like sudden onset of unpleasant and painful sensation in the muscle. Muscle spasms are common in back, neck arms and leg muscles.

Causes Of Muscle Spasm

  • Prolonged or excessive exercises can cause fatigue and energy depletion. During prolonged exercise, the muscle is unable to relax and thus cramps occur.
  • Dehydration – Loss of water and salts from the body in conditions like vomiting, Diarrhoea or excessive sweating can cause muscle cramps.
  • Injury or trauma to the muscle also leads to spasm
  • Neuromuscular diseases like Multiple sclerosis.
  • Spinal injury

Symptoms Of Muscle Spasm

  • The most common muscles that are affected are calf muscles, back and front of the thigh (Hamstrings and quadriceps), feet, hands, arms and abdominal muscles.
  • Muscle cramps can be varying from a low intensity cramp that may only cause slight twitch or tic.
  • Muscle spasm may also lead to severe pain in the muscle
  • Tightness in the muscle
  • Sudden onset of unpleasant painful sensation in the muscle
  • Fatigue in the muscle

Chiropractic Treatment In Muscle Spasm

  • Stretching of the muscle
  • Massage
  • Deep heating to the muscle followed by gentle exercises
  • If the spasm is caused by injury or pathology in the joint, joint manipulative therapies may help
  • Soft tissue manipulation
  • Strengthening exercises

Proper Chiropractic care can offset Muscle Spasm effectively.

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