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I have arthritis – can chiropractic still help me?

I have arthritis – can chiropractic still help me?

“I’ve been told I have a lot of arthritis in my spine…can you still help me?”

Not a month goes by when I’m not asked that question by a patient. Usually an older patient – a senior citizen – but sometimes I’m asked by a middle aged patients as well.

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Any question about arthritis and pain is a very, very understandable question

I welcome any question about arthritis, because arthritis is very confusing to people, and it scares them. When they hear the word arthritis, they hear a word that sounds like a painful and permanent disease process..but that’s not what it has to be for most people.

Arthritis, as scary as it sounds, is just an old word for “joint inflammation” or “joint swelling.” For a lot of situations, it’s not a real diagnosis that gets to the heart of the patient’s problem.

I feel so strongly about this topic, that I’ve written a few other articles on arthritis here:

But let’s get back to the question, “I have arthritis, can chiropractic still help me?”

First, let’s just say we’re talking about osteoarthritis, or joint break down due to stress. Not another another arthritis, like Lupus or Rheumatoid, which are disorders of the immune system.

The arthritis we’re talking about is the common joint breakdown that many people experience.

What do patients really mean when they ask a question about arthritis?

Now, let’s translate the question into what people really mean. Usually what they mean when they ask if I can help them is:

  • Can you help me get out of pain even though my doctor said I have arthritis?

But for a certain percentage of my patients it can also mean:

  • Can you help me get active again even though I have arthritis?
  • Can you help my spine be healthier even though I have arthritis?
  • Can I see a positive change in my spine and posture even though I have arthritis?

In other words, if your doctor told you have arthritis, are you living with a condition that you can’t improve?

So, what’s the answer?

Yes, if you have arthritis, we can still help you – and here’s why

  • Your pain may not actually be coming from your arthritis.

Arthritis and chirorpacticAnd I know this because I’ve worked with many, many patients who had “arthritis” on an x-ray who’s pain went away after their gentle chiropractic care. That’s what I write about here.

In other words, just because you have arthritis on an x-ray doesn’t mean you’re doomed to a life of pain.

  • Depending on how bad your arthritis is on the x-ray – what we call degeneration – we can still see changes in your alignment.

Those changes may not be as quick or as dramatic for a younger person with less joint damage, but changes are still possible.

To see an example of what I mean, please go ahead and refer to the video posted above.

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Dr. Zachary Ward first discovered the power of spinal care after watching his little brother heal from debilitating pain. Now he practices a unique form of chiropractic care that offers you the opportunity to experience your body in a new, freer way. Contact him via social media or via the contact form to request a ten minute health review. He also blogs at DrZWard.com.
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Neck pain’s biggest myth

So what’s the truth? Your neck pain and your arthritis are symptoms of the same problem: poor head-to-neck neck alignment. A problem that often ends in the loss of the neck’s proper curve, and the stretching or compression of sensitive ligaments in the neck. Continue Reading

How many chiropractic adjustments do I need? Part 2

Because we look at the spine from the perspective of “balance first” and not “joint alignment first” we tend to make fewer chiropractic adjustments than other chiropractors do. We improve the balance, and let the body’s intelligence move the spine for itself, which it does, often with remarkable speed. Continue Reading

Neck pain, better balance, stronger knee

Neck pain, better balance, stronger knee

The reduced pain of course! Also the balanced stance is huge for me. Now my left leg and the muscles surrounding my weakened knee are much stronger just from walking/standing correctly. Also the procedure is painless, quick, and inexpensive. Continue Reading

Runner’s Knee and Upper Cervical Chiropractic

Runner’s Knee and Upper Cervical Chiropractic

Runner’s knee and upper cervical chiropractic care? This original story appeared in the Fall 2o13 NUCCA News, the quarterly newsletter of the the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association. It was part of one of three very different stories about healing through upper cervical care. This true-life story comes from Dr. Nathan Wheat in central Iowa, and was written by Dr. Zachary Ward. Continue Reading

Is Southeast Michigan drug dependent?

They want to step away from the drug-dependence of their usual health care. They want to see if they can have less pain, better movement, and a more responsive body without the risk of putting another drug in their body. Continue Reading

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