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Arthritis

Arthritis, meaning Joint Inflammation, can take certain forms

  • Acute Inflammatory Arthritis
  • Osteo-Arthritis, associated with aging or over-use
  • Inflammatory Arthritic Conditions

Acute Inflammatory Arthritis

This can be caused by bacterial infection or by gout.

Symptoms include:

  • Quick onset of severe pain in one or more joints
  • One or more joints are suddenly red, hot and swollen

Bacterial joint infection is considered a medical emergency. In this case immediate medical attention is necessary. A check-up with our Chiropractors may be appropriate after the necessary medical care has been performed.

Osteo-Arthritis

Osteo-Arthritis that occurs with age is a normal process of wear-and-tear on the joints. It can however also affect younger patient who have had excessively heavy work or sporting activities.

Areas of the body that are often affected are:

  • Neck
  • Low back
  • Knees
  • Hips
  • Hands
  • Feet

While the aging process is not reversible much can be done to mobilise the joints, relax tight muscles and improve low back function. This often leads to a decrease in pain and improvement in quality of life due to increased activity levels.

Inflammatory Arthritic Conditions

These can include:

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Reiter’s disease
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Lyme Disease

For some of these conditions patients should be in contact with family doctor and receive appropriate medical treatment.

At Brussels Chiropractic our job is:

  • Diagnosis and medical referral if necessary
  • Pain relief from associated muscle strain
  • Prevention of secondary musculoskeletal problems

Whilst many patients with inflammatory conditions are suitable for regular Chiropractic treatment, care is always taken to consider what is appropriate for a particular patient. Sometimes patients would not receive Chiropractic Adjustments for particular joints. In such cases gentler forms of treatment are considered.

Follow this link to read more about our gentler treatment alternatives.

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