Arthritis

What is it?

Arthritis is one of the most common diagnoses associated with aches and pains, especially as we age.
Arthritis can cause stiffness, pain, and swelling in joints, often triggered by degenerative changes.
Arthritis often occurs in conjunction with other conditions that result in joint irritation and pain,
degenerative disc disease, and loss of disc space. If you are experiencing symptoms of Arthritis, it’s
essential to seek medical advice as this is an indicator that there are most likely further underlying
issues causing you discomfort.

Arthritis causes your joints to swell, and affected areas will traditionally feel stiff, painful, and experience limited ranges of motion. Arthritis is most commonly felt in the back, hands, knees, hips and feet. Individuals who have suffered from physical injuries in the past may experience arthritis if a joint was permanently damaged in the injury. Arthritis can be found in the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine, so the pain may be isolated or may occur in various areas.

Dr. Taillefer will perform a thorough clinical examination of the affected areas, which may include imaging. This examination is a crucial first step to properly diagnosing your conditions and developing an effective treatment plan.

In-office care can quicken your recovery and drastically increase your mobility. Our main priority is always reducing the severity of your symptoms while promoting healthy, timely healing throughout your recovery.

The way you take care of yourself at home can have a tremendous impact on the effectiveness of your in-office treatments. Here are some simple recommendations for you to follow at home to complement our treatments:

  1. Consider nutritional supplements that help rebuild disc cartilage only after having discussed with a medical professional whether these supplements are right for you.
  2. Do exercises that rebuild spinal strength.
  3. Avoid sitting for extended time periods.
  4. Sleep on a supportive mattress.
  5. Sit in an ergonomically designed chair.
  6. Make adjustments in your daily activities and routine as needed.

This information and website content is not intended to diagnose, guarantee results, or recommend specific treatment or
activity. It is designed to educate and inform only. Please consult your physician for a thorough examination leading to a
diagnosis and well-planned treatment strategy.
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