Arthritis is a term used to describe a condition that causes joint pain or disease. It affects more than 50 million adults, and there are over 100 different kinds of arthritis. Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis are the most prevalent.
This article will be covering the most common type of arthritis, which is Osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis affects 27 million Americans and is a degenerative disease that can also be referred to as degenerative arthritis.
Generally speaking, Osteoarthritis can disturb any joint, but it mainly bothers joints with the most weight on them, such as the knees, hips, and spine; especially the lower back, neck, joints in the hands and fingers, and the bottom of the big toe and thumb. It can affect people at any age but is commonly seen in people over the age of 65.
What Causes Osteoarthritis?
Whether you are aware of it or not, throughout your life, your joints slowly wear down. This is normal for everyone; however, for people with Osteoarthritis, it happens to a much greater degree. The joints of an average person will have some wear, though the joints will still have a good amount of cartilage on the ends.
This cartilage provides a cushion and protection for the bones. In a person with Osteoarthritis, the cartilage has broken down, which causes pain and swelling and makes it difficult to move the joint with ease. Inflammation also occurs, and this causes, even more, wearing of the cartilage, which in turn leads to more pain.
Eventually, most people with osteoarthritis will experience difficulty with movement.
Facts About The Aging Spine
As the cartilage in people’s body gets worn down with age, so does the spine. This is considered a normal part of the aging process. When most people hit the age of 40, their intervertebral discs (IVDs) begin to change, and eventually, the bony vertebra and spinal joints do the same. As people advance into their 60’s and 70’s, degeneration is a regular part of life.
The IVD, at this time or earlier; depending on the person, does not absorb the fluid as well as it used to: proper absorption is necessary to protect it from damage. Inadequate absorption of fluid leads to stiffness and creates difficulties in the movement of the spine.
How Chiropractic Care Can Help
While non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are often used to ease the symptoms of osteoarthritis, they can come with side effects, and they don’t do anything to slow the progression of the disease. Many people have come to find that chiropractic treatment can help to slow down the progression of osteoarthritis as well as provide relief. Countless patients have come away from chiropractic treatment for osteoarthritis feeling much better and more able to take an active part in their own lives.
A healthy diet helps to reduce inflammation and pain in the joints. Maintaining a healthy diet and visiting a good Coral Springs chiropractor can help to reduce the symptoms of osteoarthritis by improving joint and muscle mobility and function.
It Won’t Get Better Without Getting Help
If you are experiencing pain and difficulty with movement due to osteoarthritis, you might want to contact The Spine and Wellness Chiropractic Centers for a complimentary consultation. Our trained board- certified Chiropractors know how to help ease the pain and suffering osteoarthritis can cause. They are waiting to help you get your life back.