Drug-Free Management of Arthritis

Posted on Oct 23, 2017


Nobody wants arthritis, yet too many people have it. It’s estimated that 40 to 50 million Americans have some form of arthritis. Chances are you or someone you know in Minnesota deals with it daily.

Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis, and while arthritis can affect people of all ages, arthritic pain is most common in people over the age of 65. It also tends to be more common in women than men as well as in people who are obese.

With arthritis, a person may see and feel swelling and/or redness from inflammation. Joint pain is often found in the hands and knees. They may experience feeling “stiff” in places they don’t want to be stiff. Of course this interferes with normal everyday life. For some, arthritic pain causes them to miss out on social events, such as playing with grandkids or going to a birthday party, because the pain hurts so bad.

Could you take medications for arthritis? Sure. But they come with side effects. Take, for instance, the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These can cause edema (where your feet swell up), heartburn, upset stomach (to the point of developing stomach ulcers), an increased risk of blood clots, and possibly even heart attacks and/or a stroke. Not good, eh?

Some people with arthritis use DMARDs (disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs) which can increase their susceptibility to infection and make their stomachs upset. For those who resort to cortiocosteroids (which are cortisone-like medicines), bone loss, cataracts, elevated blood sugar levels and an increased appetite are just some of their side effects.

Instead of using drugs to battle arthritis, people should consider consistent, preventative chiropractic care.

While chiropractic care may not be able to “cure” arthritis, it comes in handy because it can help prevent the damage arthritis creates. For instance, if you have a joint that becomes fixated and out of alignment, it’ll start to grind, causing inflammation. Left untreated, you’ll be in pain! However, with a chiropractor using hand manipulation to “unstick” a joint that wants to be fixated, then you won’t get micro-tears in your joint/disc. Therefore, the chiropractic care slows down or stops joint/disc deterioration.

Chiropractic care has helped many arthritis sufferers feel better over time. Best of all, it doesn’t require taking pills that may have negative side effects. Chiropractors are natural healers.

Time is of the essence with arthritis. Make an appointment to see Dr. Gerard at Lakewoods Chiropractic; call 651-464-0800.

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Matthew Rivard
April 20, 2022.
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Alejandra A
April 11, 2022.
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Samantha Jensen
March 31, 2022.
Great place to heal!! Exceeded my expectations. My only complaint is I didn't come sooner!! After seeing three doctors with a solution of cortisone injections in my back it was time to try something more natural. While I've always understood the importance of chiropractic care I've never fully tried it. Everything they have done here is tailored for me! I started feeling better by the 3rd adjustment! I haven't taken a single pain med! Praise God!! Don't wait to get the care you need!! I wish I hadn't. Five stars and more!! Bonus....I was given all the equipment I need to do my stretches at home along with an in depth nutritional support system! Amazing!
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March 26, 2022.
Dr.Gerard is an amazing chiropractor. I've had incredible experience and results from him for many back/neck injuries from years ago, and just general health care. Thank you for all your help and hard work for making life easier and happier for myself. God Bless.
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March 22, 2022.
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February 24, 2022.
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February 24, 2022.
This place is wonderful! Staff is very kind and helpful. The facility is clean and upbeat. I have no more back pain or migraines.
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