As I am sitting here writing this, even in my heated house, I can feel the pain that often accompanies the winter settling into my bones. I have spent the past few minutes trying to stretch my right hand out because I can both hear and feel the crepitus in my joints. Crepitus is the term that is used to describe a grating or crinkling feeling that you can get under the skin. I normally like to explain it as what it feels like when you try to open a creaky door and it moves, but it doesn't want to. This often occurs when air has found its way into your joints or it can be a sign of damage to the joints such as you would see with sufferers of arthritis. If this sounds like something you experience, please know that you are not alone.
There are many ways that people deal with arthritis pain or other types of pain that seem to show up more during the winter. While over the counter pain killers are most often used, you may want to try and find something that doesn't eat away at your liver quite so much. Chiropractic care tries to treat these types of issues without pills or surgery, although we know there is more than enough use for them in certain circumstances. Although chiropractors are most known for their work on necks and backs, technically the study is in the musculoskeletal system which means that any area with a joint in it, such as the hands and feet, can be treated by a chiropractor.
If you have noticed an increase in your pain level recently, even if you have stayed inside away from the cold, you may have a chronic pain disorder such as arthritis. Only a doctor can tell you for sure and get you on a pain treatment system that will work for you and fit your specific lifestyle. If you think you may have arthritis or something similar, come into Wirth Chiropractic, in Greenville NC, and see how much better you can feel after an adjustment. We can talk about treatment options and see what works best for you. Just remember, it doesn't matter how much pain you are in, you are not alone.