Home > Arthritis


Arthritis is a general term for a group of conditions that cause swelling and inflammation in the joints.  People with arthritis develop problems with the way their joints work which can lead to swelling in the joint, too much movement in the joint or bones in the joint rubbing against each other.  The inflammation of the joint can lead to stiffness, lack of mobility or deformity in the joint.  In addition, the swelling can cause an irritation of the nerve endings leading to pain in the joint.  Arthritis is a long-term chronic condition, which means sufferers have long term or re-occurring pain, for which there is no cure.  However, there are a number of ways to manage the condition through a variety of treatments and lifestyle changes.

Types of arthritis

There are two main forms of arthritis:


This is a condition where the cartilage in the joint become worn away and leads to the underlying bone becoming rough or uneven.  This results in the joint stiffening up which limits the movement in the joint and causes the sufferer pain.  It often occurs in a previously damaged joint and is more common in women.

Rheumatoid arthritis

This type of arthritis is caused by the body’s immune system.  The immune system attacks itself instead of viruses or germs leading to an inflammation of the joint.  This inflammation reduces following an attack however the swelling it causes results in the joint becoming stretched and the bones within it become loose and unstable in the joint.


Most clinics treating arthritis recommend a joint approach of lifestyle changes, drug therapy and complementary therapies.


Reducing the stress to the joints by building up the supporting muscle tissue through exercise can help. Activities like swimming provide a way to strengthen muscles where the joints are supported while muscle tone is built up.  A diet high in vitamin C and low in saturated fats has been shown to benefit rheumatoid arthritis sufferers and all arthritis sufferers benefit from keeping their weight down to reduce the pressure on the joints.   Supplements including fish oil, evening primrose oil and borage seed have been shown to help arthritis sufferers.


Drugs for pain relief, steroids or anti-inflammatory drugs are often prescribed.  For rheumatoid arthritis, disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs are prescribed.

Complementary therapies

Treatment such as chiropractic manipulation and acupuncture may be successful at relieving some of the symptoms of arthritis, leading to decreased pain and increased movement in the joint.

Chiropractic for arthritis addresses the practical issue of getting the body to move more freely. Once the body is aligned to move with fewer restrictions, the need for pain-relieving medications lessens, or disappears altogether.

Chiropractic as a regular treatment will also help prevent arthritis, or at least its damaging effects. This form of prevention is probably the most crucial benefit in treating the disease. The lifestyle changes and therapies associated with chiropractic will influence diet, exercise, and maintaining the body’s alignment that practitioners believe will offset health problems that might accompany arthritis. Proper weight and a healthy immune system are both important factors in limiting the devastating effects of all forms of arthritis, especially osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.


When I first came to Concierge Chiropractic I had intense back pain. I could not sleep and was just plain miserable. Since I have been seeing Dr. Dylan, the severe back pains have reduced in intensity, and I can sleep better.

Ann P.

More to Explore