Arthritis & OA

What is Arthritis?

Chiropractors commonly see patients with arthritis.  Although there are many different types of arthritis, osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common, affecting 8 million people in the UK.  OA is a degenerative cartilage disease.  It usually affects the hands, feet, spine, and the large weight bearing joints, like the hips and knees.  Symptoms of arthritis include pain, loss of mobility and stiffness.  If you have another form of arthritis it may not be appropriate to have it treated by a chiropractor.  However, we at Relief are able to offer you some natural treatment for arthritis, or at least point you in the right direction for care.

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Causes of Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is often described as a ‘wear and tear’ disease, where each joint has a certain amount of wear before the cartilage becomes arthritic.  However, more modern thinking and over 500 studies show that joints can undergo degeneration from a lack of use as well.  One of the most common issues is an old injury to a joint.   Upon injury, it becomes ‘splinted’ and stops moving to protect itself.  Joints can start to degenerate after only 2-4 weeks of this type of fixation.  So arthritis could be characterised as a process of degeneration following joint overuse, misuse or underuse.  The following things can contribute to the disease:

  • Age/Weight
  • Genetics
  • Loss of strength in muscles supporting joints
  • Impairment of peripheral nerves
  • Nutrition
  • Microtraumas (such as posture or repeated movements)
  • Macrotraumas (such as car accidents or falls)
  • Underlying health problems: Other problems can manifest as arthritis

If your chiropractor suspects that you have an underlying health problem causing your arthritis, you will be managed with other health professionals in order to deal with this as well.  One example might be rheumatoid arthritis, which would manifest with different signs and symptoms to osteoarthritis.

Patients with a joint pain assume that they have some form of OA, especially if they are over the age of 60.  Whilst the condition is common in older age, it isn’t ‘normal’ and can often be improved.  It is certainly worth seeing your chiropractor or doctor to make sure that the pain you are experiencing is OA.  This will allow you to pursue the right treatment for the condition you have.

Can Chiropractic be a natural treatment for Arthritis?

Chiropractic is very helpful in treating patients with arthritis, although it depends on which type you have.  In fact, the majority of the problems we see are highlighted on X-ray as being some form of degeneration.  From here, the whole goal of chiropractic care is to rehabilitate motion through the joint. With OA since it is degenerative, the focus is on improving function and joint motion, rather than reversing the process.  With better function of the joint, symptoms of pain, stiffness and discomfort are often reduced.  The sooner you consult a chiropractor or other healthcare professional for treatment, the better your arthritis outcome is likely to be.

Are there exercises which help Arthritis?

Aside from chiropractic natural treatment for arthritis, your chiropractor may suggest a few lifestyle tips and exercises to keep the erosion of the joint to a minimum.  This often means strengthening an area which is weak or stretching tight muscles which may be contributing to the compression of the joint.

What is the best natural treatment for osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis can be painful and debilitating, but much can be done to slow the progression of the disease to keep you from having surgery until it is absolutely necessary.  Painkillers and other drugs may help by reducing pain and the advancement of degeneration. However, natural treatment for arthritis using chiropractic care, nutrition and exercise can be an effective way of managing the disease.  Click on these links to learn more about chiropractic and hip or knee OA.

Still unsure about a visit to a Cambridge Chiropractor?

If you live near Cambridge and have pain or other symptoms, or if you want to improve the function of your body, chiropractic is a safe and very effective solution.  If you are unsure whether chiropractic care is right for you, then you should consider booking either a consultation or a FREE telephone call with our principal chiropractor. Natural treatments for arthritis will be explained fully in these visits.  You will be under no obligation to continue with care.

To book, please call 01223 459240, book online or contact us.