Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Arthritis Patients Turn to Chiropractic

Have your joints ever hurt? Do you know the weather is going to change before the weatherman does?

Inflammation of the joints from arthritis is characterized by joint stiffness, swelling, redness, and warmth. Tenderness of the inflamed joint can be present with loss of range of motion and eventually deformity can also result. Certain forms of arthritis can also be associated with pain and inflammation of the tendons surrounding your joints.

Millions of people suffer daily with pain and disability from arthritis or its complications. Moreover, many of the forms of arthritis, because they are rheumatic diseases, can also cause symptoms affecting various organs of the body that do not directly involve the joints.

Therefore, symptoms in some patients with certain forms of arthritis can also include fever, gland swelling, weight loss, fatigue, feeling unwell, and even symptoms from abnormalities of organs such as the lungs, heart, or kidneys.

The Annals of Internal Medicine published the results of a survey of 232 people who had arthritis and were under a rheumatologists care. Of those responding to the survey 63% were using some form of "complementary care" as named by the study.

Of those people that responded, 31% were using chiropractic.

These numbers may themselves be grossly under reported as only 45% of the patients told their doctor about using the other forms of care. Unfortunately, a lot of patients never tell their medical physician that they are using a Doctor of Chiropractic for their complaint.

These reported numbers translate to over 19% of the public who are seeing a rheumatologist and also a chiropractor at the same time.

Possibly the most impressive statistic was that 73% of those trying chiropractic found it helpful. The reasons given why people said they tried the non-medical care was to ‘control pain’, because they “heard it helps”, “because it is safe”, “because it helped someone they know”, and “because their prescription medication wasn't working”.

Chiropractic care is great for PAIN CONTROL, but don’t forget… it helps every cell, tissue, and organ in your body.

Chiropractic has been around for 100 years and it’s here to stay. If you are seeing a chiropractor, you are doing yourself a great service by getting regular chiropractic care and I commend you on that decision. If you’re not seeing a chiropractor… What are you waiting for?

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