More than 33% of adults with arthritis have symptoms that force them to limit their leisure activities, while 25% suffer from severe and debilitating pain. Whether your arthritis is in the early stage or has progressed to cause significant problems, the team at New Medical Center in Waupun, Wisconsin, can help with a personalized plan that incorporates structured exercise, nutrition, regenerative medicine, and chiropractic care.
If you live in the northeast or central Wisconsin area, and you need help with arthritis, call the office or schedule an appointment online.
What should I know about osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis, develops slowly, as daily wear-and-tear gradually breaks down cartilage. Cartilage protects the ends of bones and allows smooth movement within the joint. As it wears away, the bone begins to rub against bone, leading to pain, stiffness, and inflammation. Osteoarthritis gets progressively worse, leading to more bone damage and bone spurs.
What should I know about rheumatoid arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis, the second most common type of arthritis, is an autoimmune condition. As your immune system attacks the synovial tissues lining the inside of the joint, the lining becomes inflamed, leading to pain and stiffness. When rheumatoid arthritis goes untreated, the ongoing inflammation erodes the bones and causes joint deformity.
Rheumatoid arthritis has two additional characteristics that set it apart from osteoarthritis: It affects the same joint on both sides of your body, and the inflammation can spread beyond the joint, causing health problems with your eyes, nerves, organs, and other tissues.
How is arthritis treated?
The treatment goals for arthritis focus on relieving your pain, preventing progression, and maintaining optimal joint mobility. The team at New Medical Center develops a customized plan using one or more of the following.
Rehabilitation and exercise
Maintaining joint mobility is one of the most important components of arthritis care. Your provider creates an exercise plan and helps you learn when it’s safe to push yourself and when you should rest the joint.
Nutritional counseling and weight loss
With nutritional counseling at New Medical Center, you can be sure to consume the nutrition you need and follow an anti-inflammatory diet that helps relieve arthritis. If you’re overweight and have arthritis in your knees or hips, losing weight with a personalized lifestyle plan can significantly improve your symptoms.
Your nutrition counseling may include supplement recommendations. For example, glucosamine may help maintain healthy cartilage, while omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation.
Manipulation, mobilization, and active release technique are only a few examples of the many gentle techniques the New Medical Center chiropractors use to relieve your pain, reduce inflammation, and maintain optimal mobility.
If you develop joint pain and limited movement, call New Medical Center for an arthritis evaluation or schedule an appointment online.