Arthritis has been used to describe the chronic irritation, inflammation and degeneration of a joint or multiple joints. Arthritis is broken up into two groups; inflammatory and degenerative.
Degenerative arthritis is the process of cartilage being broken down through the normal wear and tear of daily living. This type of arthritis usually doesn’t produce any significant swelling, pain will occur as the cartilage begins to wear away, leading to decreased joint spaces, bone spur formation, hardening of the joint surfaces, and deformities.
The degenerative changes will cause stiffness in the joint, altered biomechanics and a loss of function. The goal of treating degenerative arthritis is to increase flexibility, maintain the mobility of the joint, and improve surrounding musculature function that controls the action of the joint.
The other type of arthritis is labeled as inflammatory arthritis; this produces excessive swelling of the joint and can lead to pain and erosive changes in the joint. The goal of treating inflammatory arthritis is to reduce inflammation to the area and to prevent the inflammation from re-occurring. Conservative treatment can have profound effects on decreasing symptoms and improving function.
With over 25 years of experience, Denver Chiropractic knows how to effectively treat arthritis to reduce inflammation and increase flexibility. Call us today at 303-758-9000 for a free consultation.