Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common naturally occurring degenerative conditions of the body’s joints affecting people of all ages, particularly more prevalent with the elderly. It is characterised primarily by a loss of cartilage around a joint, which helps to provide smooth gliding of a joint, and results in pain and swelling as the joint loses its ability to work in a seamless fluid process. Osteoarthritic patients regularly present to their doctors or chiropractors with joint pain and inflammation. The damaged joints can be irritated at work, during sport or in a home-related trauma. Typically the degree and impact of damage will depend on the stress and loads placed on the arear. Such as posture, injury, history and a range of hereditary factors.
Chiropractic care provides conservative but useful results with even severely damaged arthritic joints. A thorough assessment is vital for treatment prescription. Treatment may comprise of:
What is the aim of these types of therapy?
Unfortunately, long-term compliance with this management plan often is not committed. Many patients will discontinue exercising once pain has subsided and function semi-restored until the next flare-up of pain. This can create further joint damage and deterioration by the repetitive cycle of exercise and inactivity. If you have further questions regarding osteoarthritis please speak to your doctor or chiropractor.