Arthritis is very common in the UK. The joint changes are a normal aging process. Though it can be aggravated as a result of old injuries. Arthritis tends to make joints stiffen up. Then they may become painful. Though there seems to be no correlation between the level of pain and the level of arthritic changes to the bones in a joint. Chiropractic gently restores movement back to the joint. The movement will not be as full as it used to be, but it will be considerably less painful.
Most of the pain of Arthritis comes from swelling around the joints. Removing the swelling will reduce the pain. A cold pack will reduce the swelling. Wrap a cold pack (a bag of frozen peas works well) in a couple of tea towels and place it over the area of pain for 20 minutes only. Put it back in the freezer for at least an hour to allow your skin to recover, then repeat. If the cold pack is too cold for comfort, put another tea towel around it. Don’t use heat. If you are taking medication for the pain, it will be an anti-inflammatory drug – to cool things down. If you use the medication with heat, you will be cancelling one out with the other! Use a cold pack to enhance the effect of the medication.
But within reason. Do too little and the joints stiffen up. Do too much and the joints become irritated and inflamed. The trick is to hit the balance, even though it changes from day to day. So, be smart and pace yourself. And if you think you have done too much, use the cold pack straight away, don’t wait for the swelling and the pain to build up.
When muscles tighten, they compress the sore sides of the joint together, causing pain. Very gentle stretching will relieve the tension in the muscles and allow the joint a little more space. But do also use the cold pack to stop the space filling with swelling which it will do if it is particularly aggravated.
If you have tried resting it but the pain comes back again as soon as you push it, come in and see us.
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