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Arthritis means joint inflammation and there are over 100 different types of arthritis that can affect both young and old people. Arthritis can affect different parts of the body and each type has a different cause. It is a group of conditions involving damage to the joints and in some cases can also affect the soft tissues of the body such as ligaments, lungs and heart valves.
The most common forms of arthritis are: spinal osteoarthritis (OA) also referred to as "spondylosis"; rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis (AS), gout and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Juvenile Arthritis (JA) is a term used to classify different types of arthritis affecting children. The most common type of arthritis affecting children is Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA).
Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in people older than fifty-five years.
The Different types of Arthritis:
How is Arthritis Diagnosed?
Like with all medical conditions it is important to have a proper diagnostic work-up including a thorough case history and examination, and, if indicated, x-rays or MRI scans, urine and blood tests. Once diagnosed, the type of arthritis you have can be treated more effectively.
If there are signs that you are suffering from arthritis and need further tests to diagnose your condition we will refer you to your GP who will do more tests or possibly refer you to a rheumatologist for further tests. The medical specialists in this field are called rheumatologists and they are the people to contact for the medical side of your treatment.
How can Chiropractic help?
Most arthritic conditions benefit greatly from Chiropractic treatment and should be considered as an adjunct to medical care, particularly osteoarthritis, which is the most common type of arthritis.
Osteoarthritis is often treated with anti-inflammatory medication and nothing else. This is a mistake. Using anti-inflammatory medication in the long term has been shown to impair the healing rate of cartilage and can also cause damage to the lining of the stomach and result in fatal stomach bleeds, particularly in the elderly. Fortunately there are better ways to manage osteoarthritis.
If you receive chiropractic treatment, including laser treatment, regular, gentle exercise and improve your diet, you can reduce your need to take anti-inflammatory medication, which is great news. In fact some of our patients have been able to stop taking them all together.
With regard to the inflammatory arthrotides, such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis (AS), there is not a real cure for these conditions. Although, they have their natural peaks and troughs, the inflammatory process can be quite severe and it is therefore important to take medication to control it to avoid joint destruction. Chiropractic treatment is still useful as a therapy for these conditions to help you control the symptoms.
Call our office for an appointment with Dr. Pisarek at (416) 633-3000 for an assessment to help determine what treatment options can be used to help your condition.
If your condition is not amenable to natural, painless and non-surgical Chiropractic care,
then you will be referred to a health provider that may help you.
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I have been a patient of Dr. Pisarek for a few years now. Every morning I have to say "thank you Dr. P.!". Your care and your treatment renew my energy... no more pains in my lower back, knee and foot. With your help I lost 20 pounds and I am keeping it off. I am really grateful to you and your wife Hilda for taking care of me. My retirement got a new meaning, thanks to you.