Everything living ages, and as we age, we become more prone to certain ailments. Arthritis is one of those ailments and a very common one at that. So, if you have been feeling increased pain, swelling, or stiffness around different joints of your body, you're not alone. At Centennial Chiropractic Clinic in Springfield, Dr. Muzzana is here to help.


How Arthritis is Diagnosed

An arthritis diagnosis begins with a full physical examination by a medical professional. Your doctor will look for signs of swelling and test your joints for soreness and pain. Generally, your medical team will also recommend a blood test to further pinpoint inflammation markers and to rule out any correlating issues. In some cases, a physician may also recommend the following tests for making an official arthritis diagnosis:

  •  Bone x-ray. This x-ray makes it possible to better see the internal structures of bones and how they interact with each other at the joints. Your physician may recommend a bone x-ray to determine how much cartilage exists at the end of bones in problematic areas and whether there are any underlying deformities or conditions that may have led to or exacerbated arthritis.
  • Musculoskeletal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). An MRI utilizes radio frequency pulses, magnetic fields, and sophisticated computer software to create images of the body. This technology makes it possible to see both the bone and surrounding tissues in great detail. It is most often recommended in situations where arthritis is suspected to be caused or exacerbated by issues with the soft tissues (such as the cartilage or ligaments) located at the ends of one's bones.

Common Causes & Treatments of Arthritis

Again, in adults, age is the single-most common cause of arthritis. As we grow older, our bones and cartilage start to wear. However, some lifestyle factors can increase one's risk of arthritis as well as increase the severity of it. Those factors include obesity and previous joint injuries. Limiting the amount of stress you put on your joints by maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding high-impact situations (such as hockey and similar sports) can help reduce your risk of arthritis.

If you receive a diagnosis of arthritis, there are several outstanding treatment options, including chiropractic therapy or seeing your local Springfield chiropractor. Chiropractors can be a big help with arthritis pain as they incorporate physical therapies and specialized chiropractic techniques designed to improve your range of motion and flexibility without adding stress to joints. This works to reduce swelling and, with it, pain.

Contact Your Chiropractor for Pain Relief Today

Do you have joint pain? Stop suffering in silence. Contact our Centennial Chiropractic Clinic today to learn about treatment for your arthritis. Call our team today at (541) 726-6521or reach us through our website by using our online contact form

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