Arthritis Treatment in Sugar Land
Arthritis is the general term used to describe joint inflammation, pain, and stiffness. Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis are the most commonly diagnosed types of arthritis. Affecting mostly people over 50, osteoarthritis involves the degradation of joint cartilage that causes bones to scrape against each other during movement. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) occurs when the immune system starts attacking joints for unknown reasons. Since RA is an autoimmune disorder unrelated to aging, it can affect adults of any age.
Risk Factors for Arthritis
- The strongest risk factor for arthritis is age. However, young adults can develop arthritis if they suffer a traumatic or repetitive sports injury to joints.
- More man then women suffer from osteoarthritis before age 40. Interestingly, arthritis affects more women after age 45 than men. This is likely due to men already being diagnosed with arthritis and the aging factor impacting women.
- Repeated injury to knee, shoulder, elbow and hip joints significantly increases the risk of osteoarthritis. Athletes and people with rigorously physical jobs are especially prone to OA.
- Joints of overweight individuals endure more stress than joints of non-overweight individuals. Knee arthritis is commonly diagnosed in people who are obese.
- Inheriting a genetic defect that interferes with cartilage creation could raise a person’s risk for arthritis
How We Use Laser to Treat Arthritis
Hogan Chiropractic uses MLS laser therapy to relieve painful symptoms of arthritis. Our chiropractic arthritis doctor recommends this safe and effective non-surgical treatment for people with joint pain, stiffness and swelling attributed to osteoarthritis or other joint cartilage deterioration disorder. MLS Laser therapy works to reduce inflammation and improve cartilage health by stimulating cellular metabolism and new tissue growth. During laser treatment for arthritis, our laser beams photons (electromagnetic energy particles) directly at your arthritic joint. Photons immediately reach underlying joint tissues where laser energy is absorbed by cells. By converting laser energy into chemical energy, cells become rejuvenated, blood flow increases to inflamed joints and swelling decreases to improve joint flexibility.
No anesthesia is needed to have laser treatment. It is a painless procedure that you undergo in our office. You can resume normal activities as soon as the treatment is completed.
How We Use Decompression to Treat Arthritis
Another non-surgical treatment for osteoarthritis we provide at Hogan Chiropractic is decompression therapy. A popular chiropractic technique that encourages your body’s natural ability to heal itself, decompression therapy involves gently stretching the spine to remove nerve compression, facilitate blood flow throughout the body and optimize the functioning of the nervous system. People with arthritic knees, hands, shoulders, or hips also benefit from decompression therapy by eliminating the possibility of nerve compression worsening inflammation and pain.
Why Choose Hogan Chiropractic for Treatment
Prescription arthritis medications can cause a wide range of unpleasant side effects, such as upset stomach/vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, headaches, and even hair loss. Alternatively, some doctors urge arthritis patients to have surgery for reducing arthritis symptoms. However, the Arthritis Foundation cites a New England Journal of Medicine article in which a study found that surgery is likely unnecessary for many individuals with knee arthritis.
Before you begin taking medications or considering surgery for arthritis, call Hogan Chiropractic today to schedule a free consultation appointment. For nearly 20 years, Hogan Chiropractic has successfully treated Southwest Houston and Sugar Land residents for all types of musculoskeletal disorders, including herniated discs, neck pain, degenerative disc disease, spinal osteoarthritis, whiplash, migraines, and painful systemic inflammation. We have “same day” appointments available and most insurance plans are accepted.
As a Hogan Chiropractic patient, you can expect personalized attention, development of unique treatment programs and immediate answers to any questions you have about treatments recommended to you. Start living a pain-free life today!