Osteoarthritis, Degenerative Joint Disease Treatment
There are numerous terms that are used interchangeably for Arthritis including Osteoarthritis, Degenerative disease, Degenerative Joint Disease and Osteoarthrosis. Simply put, Arthritis is a biomechanical abnormality which leads to degeneration or “wear and tear” of joints. This process involves both the bone and the cartilage within the affected joint producing characteristic symptoms of pain, stiffness, tenderness, joint locking, swelling and skin temperature change (heat). Arthritis may occur in any joint of the body, but most commonly presents in weight bearing joints of the spine, pelvis, hips, knees and feet or the hands. Arthritis sufferers often present to our practice when it’s too late and their problem has advanced. Having said that, it’s never too late to start Chiropractic care.
Chiropractors are musculoskeletal experts dealing with the spine and joints every day in practice.
One of the major benefits of having your spine checked and adjusted on a regular basis is that the adjustment enhances the normal movement, flexibility and alignment of joints, therefore not only reducing the risk of developing Arthritis but preventing the natural progression of Arthritis and is therefore a fantastic option for Arthritis treatment.
TYPICAL CAUSES OF ARTHRITIS
Poor posture, physical trauma, injury, spinal misalignment, genetics (hereditary), diabetes, inflammatory conditions, repetitive stress or overuse or nutritional deficiency
WHAT TREATMENT OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE FOR ARTHRITIS?
Given it's prevalence there are numerous Arthritis treatment techniques and modalities that provided sufferers relief. Below you will find some of the more clinically indicated methods of treatment.
Other common techniques that Chiropractors may employ include:
- joint mobilisation (gentle stretching),
- traction therapy (stretching of the thoracic and lumbar spine),
- activator (extremely gentle hand held instrument used to facilitate enhanced joint movement and is suitable for all individuals and different level of severity)
- SOT pelvic blocking.
Low Impact Exercise
WHAT DOES THE RESEARCH TELL US?
Improvements were noted in overall flexibility and total pain in a group of Arthritis sufferers following Chiropractic management. Hong, Y. (2011). Upper cervical manipulation combined with mobilization for the treatment of atlantoaxial osteoarthritis: A report of 10 cases. Journal of Manipulative Physiological Therapeutics, 34(2); 131-137
Chiropractic care has been shown to improve mobility, flexibility, potentially reverse, stop or retard degenerative joint disease (arthritis) and lessen the predisposition to injury and disability. Brantingham, J. (1994). Spinal manipulation may help reduce spinal degenerative joint disease and disability. Dynamic Chiropractic, 12(7)