The CDC is calling the growing number of diagnoses of arthritis alarmingly high. Chances are you know someone who suffers from some form of arthritis. Nearly one in four American adults are now afflicted with this joint stiffness and swelling that can cause some serious aches and pains. Arthritis is impacting the lives of millions of Americans every day. According to some experts, eight out of 10 Americans over the age of 55 suffer from one form of arthritis or another. In many cases, arthritis can become so painful and debilitating, simple tasks such as opening a jar or holding a pencil can be difficult.
Osteoarthritis (OA) “wear and tear” arthritis, is the most common form of arthritis. It affects approximately 27 million Americans. OA is a degenerative disease, it is caused by a breakdown of cartilage (the tissue that covers the ends of bones where they form a joint). Healthy cartilage allows bones to glide over one another, and it absorbs energy from the shock of physical movement. In OA, the surface layer of cartilage breaks down and wears away. This results in bones under the cartilage rubbing together, causing pain, swelling, and stiffness. Bone spurs develop, permanently changing the joint’s shape.1
The standard medical approach to “wear and tear” arthritis is self-medication with over-the-counter painkillers like aspirin and acetaminophen (Tylenol) and NSAIDS, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), Naproxen Sodium (Aleve), etc. If not resolved, you can end up on steroids or prescription painkillers that can lead to addiction. The eventual medical solution is surgery, sometimes very risky surgery with long-term consequences.
The other type of arthritis, called rheumatoid arthritis, is an inflammatory autoimmune condition that causes pain, swelling and disfiguration, usually easily seen in the hands. As with most autoimmune conditions, the cause is unknown. Yet, treatments start with over-the-counter painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs, then prescription painkillers, then immunosuppressant drugs. The mandatory warnings on these drugs warn you of infection, disease and even death.
There are over eighty identified autoimmune diseases.2 Juvenile arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, gout, lupus and fibromyalgia are autoimmune inflammatory diseases which effect muscles and joints. According to medical literature, including the Mayo Clinic, autoimmune diseases have two things in common. First, there is NO CURE. Second, the goal of treatment is controlling symptoms and slowing the progression of the disease.
At Thrive Wellness Centre we provide a combination of chiropractic care, homeopathic remedies, stress reduction, nutrition and herbal remedies that creates a powerful and reliable means of restoring normal healing patterns. When your body is restored to proper function, healing and health happens naturally.
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