If you are fighting joint inflammation, you likely want to know both the cause and the cure. Inflammation is often the body’s way of reacting to a number of different things including an injury like a fracture, an infection, or even something like arthritis. The body will respond to the condition by allowing more blood to flow to the area and that blood flow will bring more body chemicals, which then causes inflammation.
There are three main forms of arthritis that cause joint inflammation:
-Osteoarthritis, the most common form of the issue that causes joint spaces to decrease, spurs to grow on the joints within the bones, and an eventual freezing immobility of the joints. The spurs irritate the muscles around the bone and cause the ligaments and tendons to become inflamed.
-Gout, which causes intense pain attacks in the joint that is inflamed and usually occur in the big toe. This inflammation results from crystals of acid being lodged in the affected joint, as if they were slivers of glass.
-Rheumatoid arthritis, a highly common form of arthritis that causes joint pain. This autoimmune disease makes the immune system believe the joints are infected so the immune system will actually attack the joints, causing pain and inflammation.
There are many different methods that can be used to relieve inflamed joints. You might want to first try using an ice/heat/ice contrast to make the pain go away on a temporary basis. Mild, low impact exercise, like swimming, can also help relieve the pain and stimulate muscles that will cause the debris within the joint to be carried away. Keeping the joint mobile and open with a kinesiology tape wrap might be another solution you could try. If you use this method, check with your doctor or your chiropractor in Bozeman, MT to make sure you know how to apply the kinesio tape correctly and how long to wear it each time.
Many people also use anti-inflammatory medications like Advil for temporary relief. Prolonged use of over-the-counter anti-inflammatory meds as a solution to the pain, however, is not recommended.
In order to fight the issue in a natural way, you might even want to visit your Bozeman, MT chiropractor for regular spinal and extremity adjustments. Your body often has a hard time fighting things off if it is not lined up properly. Joints that are locked and fixated are much more likely to develop inflammation from increased friction and wear. Your highly trained Pro
Chiropractic physician can help you get your spine and extremity joints in line so that you can heal yourself in a more natural way. Since your chiropractor in Bozeman, MT is competent in the medical field, you will be able to get a referral to another type of doctor if there is a need for co-management or further treatment in a different manner.
The TOP-rated the Gallatin Valley Chiropractic Physicians would love to help you get out of pain. I personally invite you to visit us today.
Jonathan M. Wilhelm DC, MS, CCEP, CCSP, ICSSD