Osteoarthritis (OA) is a disease that results in abnormal growth of bone over time, and the cartilage that is between the joints begins to wear out. The symptoms of OA usually appear in middle age. Almost everyone has some symptoms by age 70. Before age 55, OA occurs equally in men and women. After age 55, it is more common in women. However, these symptoms may be minor.
Osteoarthritis is caused by ‘wear and tear’ on a joint. Cartilage can break down and wear away. As a result, the bones rub together, causing pain, swelling, and stiffness. Bony spurs or extra bone may form around the joint, and the ligaments and muscles around the hip become weaker and stiffer. Being overweight increases the risk of OA in the hip, knee, ankle, and foot joints. Fractures or other joint injuries can lead to OA later in life. Long-term overuse at work or in sports can lead to OA.
Pain and stiffness in the joints are the most common symptoms. The pain is often worse after exercise and when placing weight or pressure on the joint. Your joints become stiff and harder to move over time. You may notice a rubbing, grating, or crackling sound when you move the joint. OA cannot be cured. However, your OA symptoms can be controlled. While you can always have surgery, other therapies can improve your pain and make your life much better. Although these treatments cannot make the arthritis go away, they can often delay surgery. Chiropractic care is a conservative and effective treatment that you might want to consider if you have OA.
The best and most natural method of treatment for osteoarthritis is chiropractic therapy. Because Osteoarthritis is a wear and tear condition that is usually due to malposition of bones, chiropractic adjustments will properly realign the dysfunctional joints, which in turns will allow for more joint movement. It will also help keep discs staying healthy and prevent other causes of joint pain. Length of care depends on the complexity of the situation and patient compliancy.
Regular visits to your chiropractor may be able to help you prevent osteoarthritis if you don’t have it yet. But if you are already suffering from osteoarthritis, speak with a chiropractor to learn how they can help you conservatively control your symptoms and prevent the progression of this disease. Another very important aspect of chiropractic treatment for osteoarthritis is proper and healthy nutrition. Supplements like glucosamine, fish oils, chondrotin sulfate and many more can prove to be very helpful. In order to find out what would be the best supplement for you, you should get in touch with your chiropractor as different things suit different situations.