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Osteoarthritis and How Chiropractic Treatment Helps

Osteoarthritis affects millions of people worldwide and is the most common form of arthritis. Learn the chiropractic treatments for this condition.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis affecting millions of people worldwide. It occurs when the cartilage that cushions the bone that ends in the joints, gradually dissolves, and eventually wears out completely. The cartilage is a firm, slippery tissue that allows a nearly smooth joint movement. General wear and tear over time causes joints to deposit additional bone surfaces to support damaged areas. It can affect men and women at any age, but it can become more common with old age. 

Osteoarthritis has many names’ Arthritis, spondylitis, rheumatism, or rheumatics are just some of the names for the pain and stiffness that result from it. As we all know, joint degeneration begins slowly and causes pain and stiffness. It is a degenerative disease caused by wear and tear. It mainly affects the joints of the lower extremities, such as the hips, ankles, knees, and ankles.

Osteoarthritis affects the weight-bearing joints. Deterioration of the spine and wear and tear eventually manifests as we age through pain in the joints or achiness. If left untreated, osteoarthritis can lead to other spinal issues such as spinal stenosis or sciatica, causing numbness in the arms and legs.

Cause

The cause of osteoarthritis is the accumulation of bone marrow and fragments in the joints as well as the decay of cartilage tissue. The disease can affect the joints of the hand, knee, hip, and spine; it can damage any joint. In the case of a disease of the spine, this can lead to pain and nerve irritation, which can lead to stenosis followed by sciatica (numbness) in the legs.

 

The most common symptoms include:

  • Popping of joints

  • Loss of flexibility in joints

  • Bone spurs

  • Swelling

  • Soft tissue inflammation around the joint

  • Joint Pain

  • Joint stiffness

  • Joint Tenderness

Osteoarthritis symptoms develop gradually and worsen, causing pain and joint stiffness. The affected joint may hurt during movement, but you may not be able to move the joint to its full range of motion. Joint stiffness can be felt most strongly when you wake up from inactivity, and the joints might feel tender when you apply light pressure to them. In addition to the breakdown of cartilage, osteoarthritis affects the entire joint and is often referred to as a wear-and-tear disease. It also causes inflammation of the inner lining of the joints and damages the connective tissue that holds the joints together and attaches muscles to bones.

Treatments

Osteoarthritis cannot be reversed, but treatment can ease the pain and help you move better. Maintaining a healthy weight and staying active can help improve pain and joint function, slow the progression of the disease, and help with treatment. Dietary changes to eliminate inflammatory foods along with supplementation are also beneficial. At Natural Care Chiropractic, we can help you manage the symptoms of Osteoarthritis by providing long-term solutions to alleviate pain and other symptoms.

Spinal Adjustments

A chiropractor is trained in correcting misalignment's in the spine. Your spine protects your nervous system, which is the central hub that sends messages from your brain to the rest of your body. Your whole body can suffer if your nervous system is not functioning normally, and spinal adjustments can remedy this problem.

Physical Therapy

A physiotherapist can show you exercises that strengthen the muscles in your joints, increase mobility and relieve pain. Regular, gentle exercises that you can do alone can be just as effective.

Occupational Therapy

An occupational therapist can help you find ways to do everyday tasks without putting additional strain on your already painful joints. 

Seek Our Professional Help

We offer holistic treatment options that focus on treating your condition and are aimed at slowing or stopping the progression of osteoarthritis. We don’t rely on medication for treatment as we focus on improving your body’s functioning and natural healing. 

If you suffer from osteoarthritis, seek our professional help at Natural Care Chiropractic, and we can provide you with the treatment you need.