More than 15 million Americans will be diagnosed with Osteoarthritis this year. Some people may find the symptoms are easily managed while others suffer daily from stiffness and joint pain. Osteoarthritis or OA is the most common type of arthritis.
Osteoarthritis is a common condition especially as we age. It is also known as “degenerative arthritis,” “Degenerative Joint Disease” and often described as “wear and tear” arthritis. Unfortunately, there is no cure for this condition but by implementing steps to slow down progression it can be well tolerated in daily life. Chiropractic care is natural way to help slow down the progression, as well as help decrease pain and inflammation in the later stages of Osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis is caused by inflammation in the joint typically due to aging, injury, heredity, and trauma. This can happen in just about any joint in the body but is most common in weight-bearing joints like the spine, knees, and hips. However, smaller joints like the thumb, finger, and big toe can also be affected. Osteoarthritis is associated with the breakdown and loss of cartilage in the joint. Cartilage is a protein substance that helps to cushion the joint. Over time, cartilage in the joint begins to stiffen, lose elasticity which then makes it more susceptible to damage. In later stages, cartilage in the joint deteriorates decreasing the ability for shock absorption, bones spurs may arise and eventually bone on bone happens. The beginning stages of Osteoarthritis are typically asymptomatic. In later stages, symptoms include swollen, stiff, painful, creaking joints. The morning and an hour after exercise may more difficult for those suffering in later stages.
It is incredibly common that we will all have some degree of Osteoarthritis since it’s a natural part of aging. Depending on heredity, injury, trauma and the overall health of the individual will depend on the severity. X-ray, MRI, Joint aspiration, as well as, signs and symptoms will ensure proper diagnosis.
Getting frequent adjustments helps decrease pain and inflammation by widening the joint space allowing for proper blood flow. Massage therapy, physical therapy, exercise, and diet are all natural approaches to dealing with symptoms of OA. The “Arthritis Diet” also known as “Anti-Inflammatory Diet” along with chiropractic adjustments can be very helpful in dealing with and slowing down progression of Osteoarthritis. Anti-inflammatory medications and sometimes surgery for more severe cases may be recommended.
If you or someone you love is suffering from any type of arthritis try getting adjusted! Not only will it decrease your pain and inflammation it will also lower your stress level and give your immune system a big boost! We offer several money saving packages for you and your loved ones to share with no expiration date. Give the gift of wellness by purchasing a gift card for someone you care about struggling with arthritis.