Arthritis and Chiropractic

Arthritis isn’t really a joint disease, but a disease of the whole body that’s seen most dramatically in the joints. When many people think of an arthritis sufferer they imagine a bent over old person with gnarled hands or moving in tiny, shuffling steps. However very few people with arthritis are crippled, many have the condition for years without even knowing it!

Types of Arthritis

  • Osteoarthritis (OA), also called degenerative joint disease is the most common arthritis of all. Osteoarthritis affects over 40 million Americans, almost everyone over 50 has some touch of it. OA is considered the result of too much wear and tear or stress on the joints. The bone growths which are signs of OA are the result of the body trying to strengthen an area by building up more bone. It can also be a sign that the spinal column is unbalanced. Research has shown that chiropractic care can even reverse the effects.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), can destroy joints, affect the heart, blood vessels, lungs, eyes, muscles, and organs. Signs of an RA sufferer are typically fatigue, weight loss, and acute pain. It often appears suddenly in middle-aged people and may disappear. Evidence has led researchers to believe that Rheumatoid Arthritis is an immune system disease.
  • Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, is similar to RA except it occurs in children. In over half these cases it simply disappears. In less than one-sixth of the cases is there severe disability. Like adult Rheumatoid Arthritis it’s been described as due to a problem with the immune system.
  • Ankylosing spondylitis, is a form of Rheumatoid Arthritis that specifically affects the spine.
  • Gout, is characterized by chemical crystals deposited in the large toe but can spread to other joints.

The Chiropractic Approach to Arthritis

If you have arthritis you must have your spine checked for spinal nerve stress by a chiropractor. Spinal nerve stress damages the immune system and nervous system which puts the body in a weakened state. Chiropractors are specially trained to locate and free the body from spinal nerve stress. Research has shown that most patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis 90% of osteoarthritis sufferers improved under chiropractic care.

Along with removing spinal nerve stress, you may need to change your eating habits, quit smoking, lose weight, or exercise. Dr. Kelly in Richmond Hill, Ga can help you search out the most natural, conservative methods before submitting to more dangerous (medical and drug) care. Chiropractic spinal care supplies a missing piece to the puzzle that makes up the picture of health. Nutrition, exercise, rest, emotional care, along with a healthy spine, are all vital for optimal well-being.


Kelly Chiropractic 9390 Ford Ave Suite #2
Richmond Hill, GA 31324
(912) 756-8080