Osteoarthritis is one of the most common diseases that affect joints and other connective tissues. It’s a painful joint disorder when the pads that cushion your bones harden, causing them to rub against each other rather than normal smooth gliding.
This friction will irritate and inflame the soft tissues around your joints, causing pain, swelling, and stiffness. Several treatment options are available for osteoarthritis, but chiropractic care has stood out as the best.
Here is how Advanced Spine & Posture will help you treat osteoarthritis:
- We will first diagnose the condition
- Evaluate the symptoms as well as your illness history
- Rule out any underlying cause
- Then administer the right combination of non-surgical treatments
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a chronic degenerative disease that affects the joints, resulting in generalized pain and stiffness. It is caused by damage to the joints’ cartilage, resulting in a loss of flexibility and mobility.
OA can develop gradually over time or faster after a joint injury. Osteoarthritis is most common in people over 50, but it can occur at any age.
The cause of osteoarthritis is unknown, but several theories exist about its development. It is believed that factors such as genetics and aging play a role in developing osteoarthritis.
Chiropractic Diagnosis of Osteoarthritis
The diagnosis of osteoarthritis is based on clinical findings, laboratory tests, and imaging studies.
- HistoryPatients with osteoarthritis often complain of pain and stiffness in their hips, knees, and hands. They may also have symptoms related to arthritis that affect other parts of the body.
- Physical examinationThe physical examination includes a complete neurologic examination to detect any abnormalities responsible for the patient's complaints and an assessment of general health status and muscle strength. The physician may test muscle strength by asking patients to lift their arms or legs and examine for pain in the affected joints during this procedure.
- Diagnostic tests Osteoarthritis is often diagnosed using radiographs (X-rays) to help determine whether there are changes in joint space widths, bone density, or cartilage thickness.
Non-Surgical Treatment of Osteoarthritis
Our team of providers will work to correct any spinal misalignments that may be causing your symptoms. Here are some of the techniques used by our team of providers:
- Spinal AdjustmentsChiropractors often begin their treatment by examining the patient's spine and joints. They can adjust the patient's spine after taking x-rays or performing joint examinations. Spinal adjustments involve various types of manipulation that help remove vertebrae that have slipped out of place. This can help relieve pain and improve mobility in the affected joints.
- Manual TherapyManual therapy is another effective technique our providers use for treating osteoarthritis symptoms such as pain, inflammation, and stiffness. Manual therapy aims to increase blood flow to the affected joints while reducing muscle tension that contributes to pain and stiffness in these areas.
- Exercise TherapyCertain types of exercise therapy can help improve the range of motion in the affected joint and relieve the symptoms of arthritis.
- Corrective TractionWe utilize a variety of corrective traction devices to help restore proper motion and alignment of stiffened joints.
- Medical InjectionsFor the quickest relief, our medical team can perform specific injections with natural healing compounds
Ultimately, non-surgical care for osteoarthritis aims to restore joint function by correcting any mechanical issues causing inflammation or irritation within your joints.
Let us help you alleviate Osteoarthritis Symptoms
To summarize, at Advanced Spine & Posture, we have the proven ability to treat your Osteoarthritis symptoms with one or more of our three proven methods. Together, these methods are a triple threat to alleviating osteoarthritis in your back, neck, hands, and shoulders. Our success rate is unmatched, and we know you will be happy working with us. Visit us today.