Arthritis is a very painful and can be a very disabling disease. In the past, scientific studies believed the older people in their mid to upper 40′s and 50′s had signs of arthritis. We now know that arthritis can effect people much earlier in life. Symptoms are morning stiffness, pain upon motion of the joint, and swelling of one or more joints. In the more advanced stages of arthritis there are distortions of joints, especially in the hands and fingers.


Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease, has been called the “wear and tear” disease. It is characterized by a degeneration of the joint cartilage which forms the weight-bearing surface of the joint, changes in the synovial membrane which provides lubrication for the joint, and bony outgrowth called spurs around the margin of the joint. These can actually fuse together and totally prevent joint motion.


Rheumatoid Arthritis can affect people much earlier in life, but it typically begins between the ages of 35 and 45. It is a disease that involves the chronic inflammation of connective tissues of the whole body, thus altering the body’s connective tissue chemistry.

This disease appears after the body has dealt with over-whelming stress. Symptoms are swelling joints and motion pain, swelling of one or more joints, and stiffness. In advanced cases there are distortions of the hands and fingers. The theories as to its cause focus on malfunction of the immune system and the adrenal glands. Because of this, chiropractic is an ideal treatment. Chiropractic care can give the body more resistance to stress, improve the function of the immune system, and correct minor functional problems of the body before they develop into major pathologies.

Chiropractic can break the stress cycle by correcting the spinal problems, thus increasing body function and resistance to disease. In cases where the rheumatoid arthritis is already in progress, chiropractic care can help improve the function of the immune system and adrenal glands to aid in the control of pain and inflammation.


Gout is another form of arthritis, involving an imbalance in the metabolism or chemistry of the body. Attacks are often brought on by stress or by eating certain food. Your doctor of chiropractic can help with dietary counseling and by making the body more resistant to stress.


Now that we know osteoarthritis can affect any person of any age, management options have popped up all over the place. Schilsky Chiropractic Center can offer osteoarthritis treatments that are not dependent on anti-inflammatory medications or injections. Think about alternative treatments for arthritis so that you can skip those morning pain pills. Take back your life and start living it the way you were suppose to. With the treatment of osteoarthritis options at Schilsky Chiropractic you will be back to participating in all the activities that you love.