You Bet! Chiropractors Can Treat Osteoarthritis With Success!
According to Statistics Canada, about 10 percent of Canadians older than the age of 15 are affected by osteoarthritis (OA). This condition has a strong correlation between advancing age, meaning that as you get older, your chances of getting OA increase!
Fortunately, your Calgary chiropractor can help with treating osteoarthritis and should be especially aware of the early symptoms / degenerative effects that happen in your joints as a result. It will be evident when they examine and manipulate your joints such as your knees, hips and spine.
On the other hand, it’s very possible that you may become aware of the onset of osteoarthritis on your own.
Some common symptoms of OA:
- Joint stiffness & tenderness
- Pain after simple movements
- Loss of flexibility and a grating sensation
- Formation of bone spurs around the joint
What Causes Osteoarthritis?
Once you realize you have a problem with your joints (possibly OA), the first step is to determine what the cause is. You’ll want to book an appointment with your family physician who will likely forward you to an orthopedist or other joint specialist.
It’s rare that your joint problem will be associated with something else other than osteoporosis or osteoarthritis. Most of the time, especially in older age, your joint pain will be associated with one or both conditions.
What’s the Severity?
The severity of degeneration in your joints will then need to be evaluated. An orthopedic doctor will be able to tell you what degree of damage there is and provide recommendations on how to go about treatment.
He / she may even recommend surgery if the pain and other symptoms are bad enough. However, you should keep in mind that surgery should be a last resort!
Currently there are many studies that show alternative therapies, like chiropractic manipulation, for example, work to improve the quality of life for osteoarthritis patients more so than surgery does.
Chiropractic care helps by:
- Maintain alignment in bones and joints
- Help the body build muscle by activating & maintaining nervous system
- Providing lifestyle and dietary recommendations to help patients achieve their goals
- Reducing pain and other symptoms associated with osteoarthritis / osteoporosis
Learn more about Chiropractic Treatment of Arthritis in Calgary today.
This condition can happen anywhere in your body where there’s a joint. OA breaks down the cartilage surround your joints which acts like a lubricant – much like oil does in your car engine. The cartilage prevents your bones from coming into contact with one another.
Osteoarthritis occurs more frequently in woman due to:
Biology – tendons in lower body are more elastic than men for child birth, which means the joints tend to move around a bit more.
Female hormonal cycles – especially after menopause, hormonal cycles cause a drop in estrogen which makes the joints more susceptible to developing osteoarthritis.
Genetics – research shows osteoarthritis commonly runs in families. There’s a genetic link for pre-disposition to the degenerative disease between mothers and daughters.
Young people also get OA due to a lack of care for their bodies and participation in extreme activities that are physically demanding. The same goes for obese people who experience increased pressure on the joints due to their body weight.
5 Tips for Treating Osteoarthritis
- Property diagnosis & evaluation by your healthcare providers
- Actively participating and prioritizing treatment plans from your healthcare providers
- Exercising regularly with a routine that reduces degeneration (ask your chiropractor!)
- Good nutrition and lifestyle choices – drinking enough water, getting enough sleep, supplementation, etc.
- Stay positive about treatments and always do your best!
A Word from Dr. John…
Two common underlying causes of osteoarthritis I see in my office are a very low pH (high acidity) that leeches minerals out of the joints and high stress conditions that causes the release of too much adrenaline and cortisol (two stress hormones) which rob protein from the joints when in excess, creating unstable connective tissues.
Digestive problems also contribute to osteoarthritis due to a lack of absorption of protein and minerals. Some authors describe that the greatest deficiency of nutrients from our food are minerals, and they say a large percentage (more than 50%) of our soils are deficient in minerals!
This causes the joints to donate minerals to neutralize acid and become deficient in strength, creating hyper-mobility.
To treat osteoarthritis, we ensure the pH of the patient is more basic (alkaline) so that the body does not leech more minerals out of the joints and soft tissues. We ensure that the alignment of the joints are optimal by treating the soft tissue and balancing the muscles around the joint. We decompress the nerve supply that feeds the muscles because if the nerves are compressed in the spine, it will affect the muscles that they supply.
Many people who have nerve compression do not realize that’s what the stiffness means in their spine (also misalignment), causing arthritic joints. So, using safe and comfortable decompression techniques of the spine to strengthen the nerve supply to the muscles that are imbalanced around a joint is imperative and makes perfect sense.
– Dr. John Battershill, D.C.
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