Circling Care Around You

Have you experienced persistent pain over six weeks or more? 1
“Circle it” and come see us.

As a regulated health professional with knowledge and expertise in spine, muscle and joint conditions, a chiropractor can help diagnose and provide you with the care you need to manage your arthritis and its pain.

That’s why we invite you to visit a chiropractor and show them where and when your nagging pain continues to occur. Is it your knee after a few rounds of golf? Or maybe your hip continues to ache after leaning down to hug your loved one?

“As a young man dealing with arthritis, you just want to try anything that you think might help. Like putting yourself with a group of specialists, who are willing to try a variety of things to help you.”

David, Patient

“I keep learning. My chiropractor advised me to understand my body, to know where, or what to do when the pain is difficult.”

Domenic, Patient

“I don’t want to even think about what it would have been like without my doctor’s chiropractic treatments and exercise regime.”

Jane, Patient

“No More Waiting”

Navigating our health care system can be tedious and timely. The faster you get help the better!

When you include a chiropractor in your circle of care, you no longer have to go from one health care provider to another. Seeing a chiropractor first reduces the wait for a diagnosis so that your treatment can begin sooner.

Find a Chiropractor

In Ontario, you can visit a chiropractor and access chiropractic care without a referral from a medical doctor or other health care professional.

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A Key Part of Your Circle of Care

Did you know that one in five Canadians are just like you trying to manage their arthritis and wondering if they will once again feel better about their overall health? For many, arthritis becomes yet one more health problem to juggle while trying to live their best life.

With more than 100 different types of arthritis, a chiropractor can help you navigate when looking for care options. Like your family doctor, a chiropractor works as part of your circle of care to assess, diagnose and help you manage your arthritis. Chiropractic care also helps alleviate arthritis symptoms, so you can move through your day with less pain.

Start with Assessment and Diagnosis

Your first step is to find out exactly what type of arthritis is causing your pain. When arriving at a chiropractic clinic in need of help, your chiropractor will ask you questions and perform tests to better understand your current health, as well as your spine, muscles, joints or related nervous system issues. Ontario chiropractors can provide you with an initial assessment based on your symptoms. This is more common in cases of Osteoarthritis (OA) representing the largest form of arthritis than all the others combined.

OA is the result of the body’s failed attempt to repair damaged joint tissues. This may typically occur when your body no longer has the capability to repair those tissues that are damaged. Erosion of those tissues causes bone-on-bone contact where affected joint(s) produce pain, stiffness, and swelling.

In other forms of degenerative arthritis, such as Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and Inflammatory Arthritis (IA), your chiropractor will often recommend seeking further diagnostics. You can do this by visiting your family doctor or specialist to confirm your final diagnosis.

Collaborative Care

For a number of conditions, such as pain associated with arthritis, the advisable approach is for your chiropractor to work with other health care professionals as a member of your circle of care to diagnose and treat you. However, with other conditions, such as low back pain, chiropractic care is the primary method of treatment.

Using the best available evidence and their clinical expertise, your chiropractor will collaboratively work with members of your care team to assess and diagnose what type of arthritis is causing your pain. Once they have made a diagnosis, they will coordinate with your care team to develop a treatment plan that meets your needs and preferences.

As your treatment progresses, they will continue to communicate with your medical doctor and other members of your care team, when appropriate, to support your ongoing care.

Spine, Muscle and Joint Experts

As you begin your journey back to doing the things you love to do, chiropractors are qualified experts with the expertise to help. Extensive knowledge in spine, muscle and joint health enables chiropractors to be part of a thoughtful and thorough diagnosis team.2

In 2019, 26 per cent of Ontarians received treatment or services from a chiropractor.  Seven in ten who have used chiropractic services are satisfied with their experience, and those who have been to a chiropractor are more likely to recommend the use of their services to others. 2

Spine, muscle and joint conditions are the second largest contributor to disability worldwide and injuries are not just conditions of older age – they are relevant across all ages.Chiropractors are joint, muscle and spine experts and have the experience to provide this knowledge and collaboratively work with your circle of care team.

Did you know?

  • Arthritis is the most prevalent long-term health condition in Canada, affecting about six million people. 3
  • One in five Canadians live every day with arthritis and there remains no cure. Across the country, one in four Canadian women and one in six Canadian men have arthritis. More than 2.4 million Ontarians currently live with arthritis. 3
  • While arthritis affects people of all ages, the likelihood increases with age. Although, half of all Canadians who suffer from arthritis today are under the age of 65. 3

Need More Information on Chiropractic Care?

If you’ve never visited a chiropractor or sought information about chiropractic care and or its supporting research, you may want to visit the following pages to learn more:

What is chiropractic care?
When should I visit a chiropractor?
Systematic reviews from the Cochrane Musculoskeletal Group
CMCC Research Publications
Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College
Evidence Based Practice and Chiropractic Care
Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation

Need more information on Arthritis?

Having the right information is essential when managing a debilitating disease as arthritis. For further information and research, we recommend visiting the following pages:

Arthritis Society of Canada
ACPAC Program
Canadian Arthritis Alliance
Manual therapies and professional education

[1] Arthritis Canada
2] Attitudes of Ontarians Toward Chiropractors study, Interviewed May 29 – June 6, 2019, Environics Research Group, Completed for OCA, June 2019.
[3] Evidence-Based Practice and Chiropractic Care (September 2012) developed by David Peterson, DC, Ron LeFebvre, MA, DC, and Mitchell Haas, MA, DC with the University of Western States, Portland, OR, USA, for NCBI | US National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health
[4] Status of Arthritis in Canada report (August 2019) developed by the Arthritis Community Research and Evaluation Unit (ACREU) for the Arthritis Society based on an analysis of Statistics Canada’s Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) 2015-17.