Arthritis

Nutritional Wellness

Nutrition & Holistic Chiropractors located in Clearwater, FL

Nearly 44% of adults with arthritis experience physical limitations as a result of their condition, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At Nutritional Wellness in Clearwater, Florida, Kevin Granger, DC, and his experienced team use nonsurgical techniques to reduce the symptoms of arthritis without medication. Arthritis can be a debilitating condition without the right treatment. To schedule an appointment with the chiropractic team at Nutritional Wellness, call the office now.

Arthritis Q&A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a chronic condition that causes inflammation, pain, and tenderness in your joints. It tends to worsen with age and ultimately leads to limited range of motion, stiffness, and pain in your affected joints. While you can develop arthritis in any of your joints, it’s most common in the hands, wrists, ankles, feet, and elbows.

Are there different types of arthritis?

More than 54 million people have arthritis in the United States alone. Though there are more than 100 types of arthritis that affect people of all ages, the most common include:

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis because it typically occurs with age. Also called “wear and tear” arthritis, osteoarthritis happens when the flexible cartilage that cushions your joints begins to wear down. Without cartilage protecting your joints, the surface of your bones can rub together, causing chronic pain and a reduction in your range of motion.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a type of autoimmune disease that inflames your joints. Many people with RA develop uncomfortable lumps called rheumatoid nodules, which form over joints that sustain the most pressure, such as your heels.

Gout

Gout is a buildup of uric acid crystals that primarily affects the joint in your big toe. Pain from gout typically comes on suddenly, often at night.

Psoriatic arthritis

Psoriasis causes raised, red, itchy patches on the skin that often affect the knees, scalp, and elbows. If you have psoriatic arthritis, your fingers and toes may swell as well.

What is the most important thing in treating arthritis?

The most important part of treating arthritis is reducing joint inflammation and improving your range of motion to relieve pain and increase mobility. While certain anti-inflammatory medications can temporarily reduce joint pain and inflammation, they don’t actually treat the underlying cause of your condition.

There are more than 150 chiropractic techniques that the experts at Nutritional Wellness use to manipulate the spine, muscles, and joints to relieve pain and inflammation. The type of technique the team uses on you depends on where you feel pain most. While Activator Methods® uses an adjusting instrument to reduce pain in the neck and back, trigger point therapy can help relieve knee pain.

Dr. Granger is trained in Nutrition Response Testing®, a technique that identifies nutritional deficiencies in the body by checking the connection of nerves from the brain to the rest of your body. After an initial evaluation, the team can design a nutrition plan that decreases arthritis pain.

An anti-inflammatory diet can also help reduce arthritis inflammation. A diet rich in leafy greens, fatty fish, and nuts can help alleviate your symptoms.

To schedule an appointment with the team, call Nutritional Wellness today.