Arthritis Specialist

Makda Chiropractic Health Center

Makda Getachew, DC

Board Certified Chiropractic Physician & Auto Accident Injury Care located in Skyline, Alexandria, VA

About 23% of adults in the United States have arthritis, an often-debilitating chronic health condition when left untreated. If stiff, achy joints, joint pain, swelling, and fatigue disrupt your well-being and routine, Makda Getachew, DC, and her experienced chiropractic team can help. At Makda Chiropractic Health Center in Alexandria, Virginia, they use the most innovative, holistic chiropractic treatments to relieve arthritis symptoms naturally and restore your quality of life. Schedule an appointment over the phone today or request one online to learn more.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a chronic health condition that causes problems with your joints, or areas of your body where two bones meet, including your spine, shoulders, knees, and hips. The most common type of arthritis is called osteoarthritis, which involves joint wear and tear, often associated with aging.

Arthritis can occur after a joint loses its full range of motion due to injury, overuse, or postural abnormalities. Because joints don’t have a direct blood supply, they depend on mobility to get proper nutrition. Decreased range of motion inhibits nutrition within the joints, contributing to joint structure degeneration. 

What are the symptoms of arthritis?

The following signs and symptoms may indicate you have arthritis:

  • Joint stiffness
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Redness
  • Reduced mobility

When left untreated, arthritis can negatively affect your eyes, skin, or other organs. It may also lead to debilitating joint deformities.

What are the risk factors for arthritis?

Certain factors increase your risk of arthritis. Examples include having a previous joint injury, a family history of arthritis, older age, and obesity. Your gender affects your risk of developing certain types of arthritis. For example, women are more likely to have rheumatoid arthritis, and men have a higher risk of gout.

How is arthritis diagnosed?

To diagnose arthritis, your Makda Chiropractic Health Center provider reviews your symptoms and medical history, completes an exam, and uses blood tests to diagnose arthritis. They might also rely on imaging tests like X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, or ultrasound.

What is the treatment for arthritis?

Makda Chiropractic Health Center practitioners use various holistic treatments to ease arthritic pain and restore joint function. Examples include:

  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Proper nutrition
  • Better sleep
  • An ergonomic workspace
  • Physical therapy
  • Massage
  • Custom orthotics
  • Regular exercise
  • Heat and cold therapy
  • Weight loss

Taking certain medications, along with natural therapies, can prevent or delay arthritis progression. Dr. Getachew and her team work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that best suits your needs. They often recommend more than one treatment modality to optimize your results.

Don’t let arthritis pain or decreased range of motion prevent you from enjoying life to its fullest. Schedule an appointment with Makda Chiropractic Health Center over the phone or request an appointment online today.