Using a number of disciplines, including Chiropractic, Physical Therapy, Acupuncture, and Massage Therapy, arthritis patients can start living with less pain and begin to regain normal movement. Chiropractic treatment is at the heart of rehabilitation strategies for Sea Girt Spine’s arthritis patients.
Arthritis is a painful and debilitating condition characterized by inflammation in the joints of the body. While there are many types of arthritis, the most common is osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis can affect the load-bearing bones of the back, neck, and spine.
It’s important to understand the role of poor posture in the genesis of osteoarthritis. Any disorder of the spine—whether it is caused by poor posture or untreated trauma—can lead to atypical loading of weight in the back, neck, and spine. This is called mechanical stress, and it may begin a reaction in which the bones of spine begin to remodel and adapt to this unhealthy and abnormal weight distribution.
Eventually, bone cells known as osteoblasts begin to multiply and build new bone. This process leads to the creation of bone spurs in the joints of the spine, which can cause the inflammation, pain, and restricted movement associated with osteoarthritis. For some osteoarthritis patients, the spinal canal may begin to narrow; this condition is known as spinal stenosis and presents its own set of painful and immobilizing symptoms.
More generally, osteoarthritis patients may experience a host of distressing and life-altering symptoms. In addition to pain, some sufferers notice altered sensation such as numbness and/or tingling; muscle weakness; swelling and stiffness in the joints; deformed joints; and limited range of motion.
Chiropractic Care for Arthritis
As the body grows older, it’s important to ensure the health of the spine for less pain and more activity. By taking advantage of the myriad benefits of chiropractic, patients can actually reduce the future incidence of osteoarthritis and other painful conditions.
However, it is not too late for those already suffering from osteoarthritis to take steps to end the unhealthy cycle that is causing pain, immobility, and degeneration. The sooner chiropractic is incorporated into plans of rehabilitation for osteoarthritis patients, the better the expected results.
Osteoarthritis is both caused and aggravated by poor posture (the incorrect alignment of the spine). By correcting issues within the spine through gentle chiropractic treatment, patients with osteoarthritis can experience relief from pain and inflammation, as well as increased mobility. Additionally, chiropractic works to slow or even stop further degeneration in the joints.