Arthritis Specialist

Pro-Active Medical Center

Medical Center located in Niceville, FL

The Arthritis Foundation reports that an estimated 54 million adults have received a doctor’s diagnosis of arthritis. For patients who have arthritis, Brian Schuessler, DC offers natural solutions that promote better overall health at Pro-Active Medical Center in Niceville, Florida. Relief from arthritis pain is as simple as scheduling an appointment by calling the office or booking online.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a condition that occurs when you have inflammation in one or more of your joints. It tends to worsen as you age. If you have arthritis, you may have the following symptoms:

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Redness

The cause of arthritis depends on the type. For instance, osteoarthritis is the most common form and stems from joint damage from wear and tear from regular use, injury, or infection. Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the immune system attacks your joints.

Who is most at risk for arthritis?

The age group that suffers from arthritis most often is people 65 and older. This is because certain types of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis, are more prevalent as you age. Even if you develop it early, most forms of arthritis tend to worsen as you age.

Age isn’t the only factor, however. For instance, if you have a family history of arthritis, you’re more at risk for developing it. Your genetic makeup increases your vulnerability to environmental factors that stimulate the onset of arthritis.

Concerning gender, women are more susceptible to arthritis than men. Men, however, develop gout more frequently than women. Having a previous joint injury or obesity makes you more likely to develop arthritis, too.

How does a chiropractor diagnose arthritis?

Dr. Schuessler may diagnose arthritis based solely on your symptoms. However, further testing may be necessary. Possible testing includes:

  • X-rays: Low levels of radiation show cartilage and bones to track the progression of your arthritis
  • CT scan: X-rays from various angles create cross-sectional views of your bone and tissue
  • MRI: A combination of radio waves and a magnetic field generates detailed cross-sectional views of your soft tissue
  • Ultrasound: Imaging system uses soundwaves to view soft tissue

What are the treatments for arthritis?

Dr. Schuessler uses exercise therapy to keep your muscles strong and flexible and your joints working. He might recommend at-home exercises to enhance your results.

Another possible treatment is dietary changes or supplements to promote joint health. One example is glucosamine, which reduces your joint pain while protecting your ligaments.

Find pain relief from arthritis naturally by contacting Pro-Active Medical Center. Call the office, or use the convenient online booking form today.