Care through chiropractic
Is Chiropractic Care Safe for Arthritis?
Chiropractic is one of the safest therapies you can use if you have back or neck pain due to osteoarthritis.
Chiropractors manipulate or adjust the spine to improve pain and mobility. We also can help arthritis with adjunctive therapies, including:
- Ultrasound provides a massaging effect to soft tissues and joints, which reduces swelling, pain, and stiffness. It is used in physical therapy to treat various conditions such as arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, and muscle strains.
- Electrotherapy. Electric pulses provide pain relief and relieve muscle spasm associated with arthritis by stimulating nerves and muscles in soft tissue injuries.
Phase One Subluxation Degeneration
Phase One Subluxation Degeneration, which can occur over a period of up to twenty years, is characterized by the loss or alteration of the normal spine curve and slight changes in disc shape, while segmental motion may be abnormal but overall motion is probably not affected; however, more than 80% of people with this phase have no pain, and corrective chiropractic care may take 6 to 18 months to reconstruct the spine, but if left untreated, it will progress to the next phase.
Phase Two Subluxation Degeneration
Phase Two Subluxation Degeneration, typically present in subluxations between 20 and 40 years, is characterized by similar changes in the spine as the previous phase, with a reduction in range of motion, narrower disc spaces, and calcium buildup, while some individuals may feel stiff or achy; corrective chiropractic care for this phase ranges from 1.5 to 2.5 years, and if left untreated, it will gradually progress to the next phase.
Phase Three Subluxation Degeneration
Phase Three Subluxation Degeneration is a result of subluxations that have been ongoing for 40 to 65 years, and it exhibits worsened characteristics of the previous phases, such as abnormal curvatures, significantly reduced and changed disc spaces, abundant calcium changes, mutations in shape of the vertebrae, and restricted range of motion, often accompanied by symptoms; corrective chiropractic care for this phase ranges from 2.5 to 3.5 years, but it does not necessarily remove calcium changes, as the body may adapt to them, and if left untreated, it will progressively advance to the next phase.
Phase Four Subluxation Degeneration
Phase four subluxation degeneration is the most severe stage caused by long-term uncorrected subluxations, resulting in serious structural changes, fused bones, and neurological damage that negatively impacts the patient’s longevity and quality of life, although improvement in symptoms and mobility is still possible with chiropractic care.