Contemporary acupunture is very effective at relieving pain associated with arthritis. By inserting acupuncture needles directly into the disfunctional muscle or soft tissue, we are able to stimulate a nervous system response that decreases muscle tension and pain. This can allow for decompression within the joint space and decreased pain. We can also use a traditional acupuncture approach to assist with pain and healing from a systemic holistic approach.
Laser therapy is a painless treatment can provide lasting elimination of arthritic pain. Through various biological pathways, laser stimulates cells to improve cell function, decrease inflammation and often lead to better tissue healing. We have been using laser therapy for over 10 years and have treated hundreds of arthritic knees, hands, and shoulders with amazing results. For a complete resolution in symptoms, it will often take 8-12 treatments, spread over 3-4 weeks. The amazing results of laser therapy often last for well over a year and sometimes signficantly longer.
Pain caused by arthritis is often multi factorial. Due to inflammation and the bodies natural protection response, often the muscles surrounding an arthritic joint become sore and can even develop fibrotic areas / scar tissue. Shockwave therapy can decrease the muscle pain, relax the muscle fibres, and break apart the fibrotic tissue. This can often leave you with significantly less pain immediately after the first treatment.
Arthritis is often accompanied by tight, painful muscles, and irritation in the areas that are compensating for the arthritic joint. By seeing one of our clinicians for manual therapy (either chiropractic, massage therapy, osteopathy or acupuncture we can manipulate the soft tissues and compensating structure to allow for pain free living.
As Chiropractors, Massage Therapists and Osteopaths in Northwest Calgary, the first step to resolving your arthritis pain is a thorough case history and orthopedic assessment. By using various testing methods, we are able to determine if you do indeed have arthritis, what type of arthritis you have and can give you an indication of how severe the degeneration and/or inflammation may be. After determining the type of arthritis and the degree of injury, your chiropractor, massage therapist or osteopath will recommend a treatment course that will likely involve multiple modalities and may involve a therapeutic exercise program or various other interventions.
Arthritis is defined by inflammation in the joints. There are many different types of arthritis such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout. Although these sub types of arthritis have different causes, many of the symptoms are very similar.
Osteoarthritis is characterised by a breakdown of cartilege in the joint space. This is often thought to be cause by wear and tear, repeptitive use or part of the natural aging process. Osteoarthritis is very common. Most people over 55 yrs of age would exhibit signs of arthritic changes on an x-ray. That being said, most people who have some degenerative arthritic changes will NEVER experience pain associated with the arthritis. Think of it like getting wrinkles as we age: everyone gets wrinkles just as everyone will experience joint aging and degeneration, but much like wrinkles in the skin, this degeneration does not need to have inflammation and pain attached.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder where by your immune system is over active and reacts to the synovial tissue of your joints (synovium). This reaction leads to inflammation and if left untreated, can cause a breakdown of the joint tissues. People who are succeptible to developing Rheumatoid arthrtis will have a specfic, genetic, chemical marker in their blood (Rh factor) that pre-disposes the person to this form of arthritis. Although certain activities can cause this form of arthritis to flare up, activities do not cause rheumatoid arthritis.
Gout (Gouty arthritis) is the build-up of uric acid crystals in the blood stream that are then deposited into the joint spaces. These crystals are hard and jagged in nature and cause inflammation in joint tissue by rubbing, compressing and digging into the joint surfaces. Gout is often first felt as pain, swelling and redness in the big toe, but it can affect any joint. Gouty arthritis is often brought on by a multitude of factors such as diet, general health status, age, genetic pre-disposition and other lifestyle factors.