What Causes Arthritis?

While there are many different types of arthritis, the two major categories are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Each of these arthritis types has different causes.

Wear and tear

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It is the result of wear-and-tear to the joints. When joints do not move properly (most commonly due to an alignment issue), they wear out quicker than they should. If your body weight is not symmetrically distributed on your spine, then the side with more weight (hips, knees, ankles) will be at a higher risk of excessive wear-and-tear or osteoarthritis. 

Inflammatory

RA is when the body’s immune system attacks itself. Specifically, the body attacks the membrane that surrounds the joint parts. This can result in inflamed or swollen joints, destruction of cartilage and bone, and ultimately pain. You may also experience other symptoms of inflammation, such as fever and loss of appetite.

What Increases Your Risk For Arthritis?

Sometimes arthritis can occur with no known cause. But most of the time there are also factors that can increase your risk for all types of arthritis.

Age: Advanced age increases a person’s risk for arthritis. However, age in and of itself is not the cause of either type of arthritis.

Family history: You are more likely to have arthritis if your parent or sibling has arthritis (particularly Rheumatoid Arthritis and Gout).

Gender: Women are more likely to have RA than men while men are more likely to have gout. Both genders have osteoarthritis equally.

Obesity: Excess weight can increase a person’s risk for OA because it puts more pressure on the joints. 

History of previous injuries: Those who have injured a joint from playing sports, from a car accident, or other occurrences are more likely to experience arthritis later in life. 

Misaligned and fixated spinal bones:  When your spine shifts out of alignment and locks out of place, commonly known as Vertebral Subluxation, the joints of the spine wear-and-tear unevenly causing osteoarthritis. Vertebral Subluxation will also cause an uneven distribution of your weight setting up the hips, knees, ankles, and feet for osteoarthritis.

Even if you don’t feel the symptoms, you should discuss your potential risks for arthritis with your doctor. They can help provide ways to prevent or delay arthritis.

How a Chiropractor Can Help.

Chiropractic doctors specialize in the function and alignment of the joints of the spine and how they affect nerve function. When the spinal column misaligns and locks out of place, this sets into motion a cascade of effects. First, the joints of the spine do not move properly; creating an environment for excessive wear-and-tear or osteoarthritis.

Second, the transfer of weight through the spine is uneven, setting up osteoarthritic conditions for the spine, hips, knees, and ankles. Last, the nervous system is adversely altered affecting the ability of the brain to control and coordinate internal system function. This, in turn, affects the way the immune system functions and can contribute to rheumatoid arthritis, which is an autoimmune disease. Chiropractors are the only healthcare providers who are specially trained to detect and correct Vertebral Subluxations. When Subluxation is detected and corrected the joints of the spine move more freely, and weight distribution is more symmetrical allowing for less osteoarthritis, and the nervous system interference is reduced allowing for a healthier, happier, more vibrant life.

If you are struggling with symptoms related to arthritis and are looking for a chiropractor in the Greenville areaschedule an appointment today and let us help you live a healthier, happier life.

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Debbie Howell
Debbie Howell
9 months ago

Wear and tear on joints – joints don’t move properly
Rheumatoid A is caused by inflammation.

Connie
Connie
9 months ago

Thank you all for reading & forwarding this information to everyone it may help!

Alex
Alex
9 months ago

Very informative! Thanks for sharing!

Ben Moffett
Ben Moffett
9 months ago

Thanks Dr. G for working hard at helping me gain more control of my spinal health. The work you’ve done over the past year has really been great and helped me regain the ability to do things I wasn’t able to do. Keep it up.

Suzan Dagg
Suzan Dagg
9 months ago

Good article.

Emily Golus
Emily Golus
9 months ago

Arthritis runs in my family, so I am trying to live a healthy lifestyle (eating nutritious and anti-inflammatory foods, staying active, and seeing Dr Auger regularly) to try to tip the scales in my favor!

Janet Shoulders
Janet Shoulders
9 months ago

It was interesting to read that arthritis is hereditary. I have a lot going against me when it comes to being susceptible to certain diseases because of inheritance; but not arthritis. I am thankful for that. Most of the contributing factors, I have no control of. However, I do have control over whether or not I will keep my spine aligned.
Thank you for the tidbits of education you provide me about my heath–interesting blog.

Julia Odom
Julia Odom
9 months ago

Thanks for this information! This is helpful for prevention and treatment of arthritis.

Jennie Stevens
Jennie Stevens
9 months ago

So proper spinal alignment is necessary to avoid or lessen the effects of osteoarthritis!

Rebekah Cunningham
Rebekah Cunningham
9 months ago

Interested read. Thanks for sharing

Kat C
Kat C
9 months ago

Yes, but you didn’t post the uber-cool pictures of dry-flakey-looking arthritic bones…. 🙂

Tracy Scott
Tracy Scott
9 months ago

Sports injury,check, Mom has it, check. Excess weight at one point, check!

Tomasa
Tomasa
9 months ago

Wow, great information. My parents and grandparents suffered from arthritis. I was diagnose with arthritis a few years ago. Vertebral Subluxations causes it. I’m so glad I started my adjustments with Dr G. Thanks for educating us.

Harry scott
Harry scott
5 months ago

Excellent article. I have some arthritis. I have to keep moving to alleviate pain plus go see Dr G

Harry scott
Harry scott
4 months ago

I have arthritis. I find if i keep moving helps and regular adjustments help.

Linda Scott
Linda Scott
4 months ago

I’ve had my arthritis under control with gentle exercise and chiropractic maintenance.

Harry scott
Harry scott
4 months ago

This type information very helpful as you get older.

Harry Scott
Harry Scott
3 months ago

good information for elderly..I will share with my friends in NY..

Kathleen Johnson
Kathleen Johnson
2 months ago

This is good news for me because I struggle with osteoarthritis in my hands, as well as my spine. I want to feel more in control of my health, so I am able to fully enjoy my life.

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