“Nothing they can do, it’s arthritis”. If I had a pound for every time one of my patients has heard this…..but is it true?
What is true is that most of us will get a degree of Osteoarthritis (OA) as it is due to normal wear and tear, and results in degeneration of the cartilage in the joints and bone next to it.
Loss of this cartilage can be due to a number of reasons some of which are listed below:
- Wear and tear (over many years or from repetitive stresses on the joint)
- Prolonged immobility of a joint
- Following injury or fracture to the joint
- Due to auto-immune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis
- Other metabolic causes (such as diabetes)
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. OA occurs mainly in the older patient but is not always related to age and effects joints in younger individuals that have been subjected to injury or long term overuse.
A lot of the pain and symptoms caused by arthritic changes are due to:
- Lack of movement of the joint
- Contraction and spasm of muscles
- Loss of flexibility in ligaments
- Weakness in the muscles around the joint
- Inflammation at the affected joint
Chiropractic treatment can help with a lot of these symptoms by using gentle manipulation to free up the joints, massage or dry needling to reduce muscle spasm and exercises to increase flexibility of the joints and ligaments. Your Barron Clinic chiropractor will advise on the best course of action to help you reduce the pain and immobility of this chronic disease.
From the team at Barron Chiropractic Clinic - celebrating 30 years of providing natural healthcare to the people of Walton-on-Thames