Chiropractic Care for Osteoarthritis
Arthritis is a potentially very painful and persistent condition that involves the inflammation of the joints. More than 200 types of arthritis exist, but the most common form is Osteoarthritis.
What is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that is caused by age-related wear and tear of the joint. It most commonly affects the hips, spine, knees, ankles, and the joints of the hands. It affects men and women in roughly equal portions, but is most associated with age.
The symptoms of Osteoarthritis include:
- Pain in the joints often described as “dull” and “achy”
- Stiffness of the joint, particularly after sleeping
- Crepitus, or “creaking” of the joints
- Deformity of the joints, most noticeably in the hands and the knees
- Swelling of the joints and the surrounding areas
Can Chiropractic Medicine Offer Joint Pain Relief?
The slow degeneration of the joints happens to everyone over time. When the bone and cartilage inside the joint are worn down to a certain point, the body will attempt to repair the damage by laying down additional layers of bone. This bone can become fused and cause a loss of mobility.
Once the condition is advanced enough, it becomes painful. The occurrence of pain and the depositing of additional bone material tend to happen at the same time. The common result is that the patient moves less to avoid pain, and the bone solidifies, reducing mobility. This makes moving very painful and can be debilitating in extreme cases.
Chiropractic medicine can help to reduce the pain associated with Osteoarthritis. The most common treatment for arthritis pain is non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDs) painkillers. But these come with a number of potentially dangerous side effects. In general the use of these drugs should be kept to a minimum.
Chiropractic care is widely considered to be a more balanced and long-term approach to treating Osteoarthritis. Many medical professionals believe Chiropractic care can slow the progression of Osteoarthritis and even stop it in some cases.
How Your Chiropractor Can Help
Chiropractic medicine can help with all manner of conditions associated with pain and discomfort of the musculoskeletal system. One of the most important benefits of Chiropractic care is the reduction of inflammation, a primary cause of pain in Osteoarthritis.
The most important treatment for Osteoarthritis is to keep moving. Your Chiropractor can help by using a number of therapies and treatments aimed at maintaining and promoting mobility. In some cases, the effects of Osteoarthritis can even be reversed.
Here at Diamond State Chiropractic in Newark, Delaware, we work with arthritic patients every day to promote mobility and reduce pain.
Get in touch today to learn more. Our caring staff are ready to answer all of your questions.