As a Chiropractor in Kitchener Ontario we see many patients with arthritic pain. We are continually providing exceptional care for those looking for the best Chiropractor In Kitchener. This is part 2 of a 2 part article on Chiropractic treatment for arthritis.
When Should I be Cautious
Dr. Haldeman stresses the importance of seeing a chiropractor who will take the time to conduct a detailed medical history and perform a thorough medical history. Chiropractors should use caution when sending patients for x-rays and include medical doctors in the treatment plan. You should always check with medical doctor or rheumatologist before starting any treatment plan.
“Although chiropractic can relieve pain there is no clear evidence that chiropractic or any other treatment offers long-term change in the x-ray findings in arthritis,” – Dr. Haldeman.
The bottom line according to Dr. Haldeman is that chiropractic care can be effective for managing pain and improving function. For patients with osteoarthritis, chiropractic is worth a try.
“However, if any clinician says her treatment will permanently cure your arthritis, you should walk out…If you don’t see improvement within four to ten treatments, either switch chiropractors or try a new treatment path.” – Dr. Haldeman.
Acupuncture and Arthritis
According to arthritis research U.K, some studies have shown that acupuncture provides some relief from arthritis pain. The acupuncture will not treat the underlining cause and therefore the effect may be short lived. For longer results, regular sessions of acupuncture may be required.
In patients with OA of the knee and hip, electro-acupuncture can be an effective way to reduce pain. Click here to learn more about electro-acupuncture.
Exercise and Arthritis
Exercise is an effective way to decrease pain and improve function in patients with OA. People who suffer from osteoarthritis often find that too much activity increases their pain while too little causes their joints to stiffen up. The goldilocks rule of a little and often is often the best approach.
There are two types of exercise that are beneficial for OA patients: Aerobic and strengthening. Aerobic exercise is intended to increase your heart rate and improve the cardiovascular system. Strengthening or resistance exercises improves the strength and tone of yours muscles. Research has shown the OA the knees can decrease the strength of your quadriceps by as much as 50%. Therefore, it is important to strengthen your muscles to help stabilise and protect the knee joint.