Arthritis, Osteoarthritis (OA)
Common risk factors for OA are age, obesity, weakened muscles, injury, overuse and genetics. This disease affects the cartilage—the slippery tissue on the ends of bones that meet in a joint. When the cartilage breaks down and the joint space wears away, bone begins to rubs against bone, causing pain, swelling, and loss of motion. This can happen in any joint of the body. In addition, the joint can become unstable and form bones spurs (called osteophytes) to help stabilize the region. When this happens to the spine, the bone spurs can grow toward the spinal cord and/or narrow holes of its exiting nerves. If the spinal cord and nerves are compromised, various signs and symptoms can occur.
The Symptoms of Arthritis
Complaints include morning pain and stiffness lasting less than 30 minutes, soreness after periods of overuse or sedentary positions, and the pain grows stronger in the evenings. You may feel swelling, tenderness, and possibly a crunching sound or feeling in the joint. Additionally, the arms and legs may become numb and weak at times.
How Our Doctors Can Help You
Our doctors can help diagnosis this condition with a full history and examination, which may include an x-ray of your area(s) of complaint. Chiropractors can assist you with ways to manage the pain and improve the joints’ function through natural therapies. We may prescribe specific rehabilitation exercises, shoe inserts, braces, topical lotions, therapy machines for pain and muscle control, and chiropractic manipulation (adjustment) that can be of great benefit.