Arthritis is an acute or chronic inflammation of a joint accompanied by pain and structural changes. It is often an end result of enduring some type of accident or injury that has damaged the connective tissue of the spine. This can make you feel weak and bring on health issues such as:
- Torn muscles
- Joints that do not function at their peak
- Injury to tendons and ligaments
- Worn out or misplaced discs
What type of trauma leads to these problems? Often it is something like a car accident that has caused whiplash or a trip and fall. It does not have to be anything major for arthritis to occur. And it does not have to be a recent accident. Some people have had accidents as long as 15 years previously before they begin to see the effects. Sometimes how long ago the accident happened can be determined according to the extent of the damage a person has had so far.
How to Prevent Arthritis from Becoming an Issue
Arthritis – also called degenerative disc disease – can be kept at bay by keeping the spine in the best possible shape. It’s been shown that allowing an injury to go on without getting the proper care can do extensive damage to the body. Repeatedly injuring the same area can be even more serious. By visiting an upper cervical chiropractor regularly and keeping your spine in tip-top shape, you can help your body function better and keep arthritis from becoming an issue.
Here at Living Well Chiropractic, we focus our attention on finding tiny misalignments of the top two bones of the spine that may be contributing to the onset of arthritis. Once found, we use a gentle method to help the bones realign and keep the spine working at its optimum. The body’s ability to correct the damage done by the misalignment kicks in, and our patients often report feeling better overall.
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Dr. Jeff Leach of Living Well Chiropractic, in Plymouth, Minnesota is a Plymouth Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). His upper cervical clinic also serves Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Wayzata, and St. Louis Park. He is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, sciatica, neck and back pain, and torticollis. More information can be found on our website at http://www.livingwellmn.com/