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Arthritis is a disorder of pain and inflammation in the joints of the body. Depending on the type of arthritis, pain may be experienced while actively using the affected joint or while at rest. For example, degenerative arthritis will mainly cause symptoms while the joint is in use; rheumatoid arthritis can lead to pain even when joints are not being used.

Arthritis is often caused by mechanical stress placed on the joints because of an abnormal loading in the weight-bearing joints. When the spine is not properly aligned, abnormal loading in the back, neck, and spine may occur. Chiropractic treatment addresses this cause of arthritis-related leg pain by realigning the spine.