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Osteoarthritis

 

Have You Been Told To Live With It?

“It is probably arthritis – you’ll just have to live with it”. We’ll probably all be told this at some point and it doesn’t matter how old you are, but is it true?

It is true that most of us will get the wear-and-tear type of arthritis, called osteoarthritis (OA, also known as degenerative arthritis, degenerative joint disease). OA is damage to the joints including cartilage and the bone next to it. Often it causes no pain at all but you merely notice a bit of stiffness, especially in the mornings or after a period of inactivity.

Often people are told that they have arthritis when in fact they have simple joint dysfunction and no wear and tear at all. Even if OA is present there is a lot you do to help the symptoms, prevent it getting worse or even prevent it coming on at all. Here we will show you how.

 

Osteoarthritis Symptoms

Symptoms of OA may include joint pain, tenderness, stiffness, creaking, locking of the joints, and sometimes local inflammation. These problems tend to improve with gentle activity. The causes—genetic, body chemistry and joint damage—may initiate loss of cartilage – a strong protein matrix that lubricates and cushions the joints. As the body struggles to contain ongoing damage, immune and re-growth processes can accelerate damage. When bone surfaces become less well protected by cartilage, the bone may be exposed and damaged, with re-growth leading to a proliferation of ivory- like, dense bone in areas of cartilage loss. Extra bone also grows around the edges of the joint so the joint gets bigger and more knobbly.

 

Chiropractic Can Help

Chiropractic adjustments can help to reduce the inflammation and decrease the stiffness. We have seen many patients over the years respond well to Chiropractic care - even those with very severe osteoarthritis.

Although Chiropractic certainly is not a cure for arthritis, some individuals find that regular Chiropractic care helps to reduce their pain and stiffness and increase mobility.

Chiropractors find joint dysfunction and damage through examination and muscle testing. Restoring or improving joint function can make a big difference to the pain and stiffness. We use joint adjustments, mobilisation and exercises to alleviate the symptoms of the arthritis, strengthening weak muscles and improving flexibility.

 

Can I Prevent Arthritis?

Osteoarthritis is not just a problem in older people, younger people can have the disease too. We know from research that abnormally functioning joints can lead to osteoarthritic changes. In fact irreversible changes can occur after only two weeks of complete immobilisation! Chiropractic adjustments can help to restore joint movement and keep your spine from underperforming.

 

To help find that cause we offer:           

·      A Private Consultation with the Chiropractor

·      A Thorough Examination including Neurological,

        Orthopaedic & Blood Pressure Tests

·      X-Rays, if necessary

·      A Verbal Report of our Findings and thorough Explanation

        of the X-Rays

 

After which you should know more about your body and the problems you are experiencing than you ever have before.  Whether you go ahead with treatment as always is entirely your decision.

 

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