Chiropractic Care for Osteoarthritis

Chiropractic Care for OsteoarthritisOsteoarthritis is a chronic disease caused by wear and tear on the joints. Because our
population is aging, and the rates of obesity are increasing, we are seeing more and more Osteoarthritis in the general population. In fact, it is estimated that 50% of the population over 55 has some form of the disease. By realigning joints so they move properly, Chiropractors are able to slow their degeneration, and ease pain and suffering.
A normally functioning joint moves easily, supported by a cushion of firm, rubbery cartilage that enables the bones to glide smoothly over one another. When the cartilage of the joint breaks down with age, the synovial fluid leaks out allowing the bones rub against each other. This rubbing causes pain, stiffness and swelling.
Symptoms of osteoarthritis are pain, swelling, stiffness and crepitus, which is a term for the popping or clicking sound that the joint makes when the ends of the bones in the joint rub together. The first sign that you may have osteoarthritis is waking up most mornings with stiffness in the joints that improves over the course of the day. Pain might get worse when you are active, and improve when you are rested.
While any of the body’s joints may be affected, the most commonly affected joints are in the knees, hips and hands. These are the joints that bear the greatest loads, and do the most work.
Currently, there is no cure for osteoarthritis, but there are things you can do to slow it down and alleviate the pain. The least invasive and most successful treatments involve changes to diet and lifestyle in conjunction with chiropractic care. Eating whole fresh foods and losing weight will take much of the pressure and stress off of your joints. Regular light exercise like walking or swimming can strengthen muscles that support joints.
Studies have shown that chiropractic treatment can increase range of motion, improve joint coordination, relax tense muscles and reduce pain. Chiropractors can also recommend exercises and stretches to target your specific needs. They will help alleviate the pain without having to resort to excessive pain medications.

Chiropractic Care for Osteoarthritis – Breathe Health Center

At Breathe Health Center and Services, our trained chiropractors use a variety of safe and gentle methods to return your joints to proper alignment, and give you back a life without joint pain.

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