Chiropractic Help for Joint Inflammation
By Sara Butler
Your body is full of joints -- and there's not simply one kind. There are ball and socket joints, such as your hips, saddle joints, hinge joints, and gliding joints. These complicated mechanisms all somehow work together to help you bend, twist, walk, and jump, among other things. They do so much for you that you may inevitably run into problems with your joints from time to time in the form of inflammation. The chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic treat many patients with joint inflammation. Here's what you need to know about it to help you take better care of your joints.
Joint Inflammation: What Is It?
When your body is injured, inflammation is the immune response that helps it to get on the road to recovery. But when an injury has come and gone but inflammation still remains, then you're looking at another problem altogether: chronic inflammation.
Chronic inflammation is a condition where some inflammation creates more inflammation. A great example that many people are familiar with chronic inflammation is arthritis. One type of arthritis, called osteoarthritis, is the result of overuse, injury, or simply the normal aging process after years of wear and tear. This type of inflammation can lead to a lot of pain as well as hamper movement needed to live your day to day life.
Symptoms of Joint Inflammation
If you're worried you may have joint inflammation, then here are a few of the symptoms to be on the lookout for:
- Joint stiffness
- Joint swelling
- Loss of function in the joint
What Contributes to Inflammation?
While joint inflammation can be triggered by age, overuse, or injury, there are other things that can contribute to it, such as food. Some foods can actually trigger an inflammatory response in the body, which is why if you have joint inflammation you may want to try to limit foods that contain process sugars, refined flour, and added preservatives in your diet.
How the Chiropractor Can Help
The chiropractors at The Joint want to uncover the root cause of your joint swelling and treat it, not simply help you to deal with the symptoms. They'll assess your joint and its range of motion, then work with you on a treatment plan to address the root cause and help get you moving again.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in San Jose, Calif.