Do you suffer with Arthritis?
At BritChiro we are passionate about helping our patients live WELL with arthritis.
We hold regular free of charge Educational Talks on Osteo-Arthritis, open to the general public.
If you have been told that you’ll just have to learn to live with the pain and disability – You have probably been misinformed!
Arthritis is often used to describe pain in the joints; it literally means inflammation of a joint. Most people who have ‘arthritis’ have osteo-arthritis, which is sometimes called ‘degeneration’, or 'wear and tear'. Whilst you may think of ‘wear and tear’ as being inevitable later in life, you may be surprised to learn that even in very elderly, it is usually just a few joints that have worn much faster than the rest, which is in many cases due to joint restrictions i.e. too little movement of those specific joints – not to be confused with too little exercise generally. These specific joint restrictions can often be helped by Chiropractic adjustments.
Osteo-arthritis is caused when the cartilage covering the bone in a joint becomes eroded and roughened. Tendons and ligaments holding the joint together get weaker and the joint itself may become deformed, painful and stiff. Joints which have been injured or subjected to unusual stress/load, perhaps as the result of a sporting career or heavy manual job, are likely to wear faster. After taking a full case history and conducting an examination which may include X-rays, your Doctor of Chiropractic will make a diagnosis and propose a treatment programme. Chiropractic care can help your spine to keep free of the nerve irritation which may prevent your body from healing itself properly.
Degenerative changes in themselves do not always produce symptoms. They do, however make the spinal column more susceptible to damage. Regular adjustments by your Doctor of Chiropractic, together with an appropriate rehabilitation and maintenance plan, can improve movement thereby preventing osteo-arthritic changes that may otherwise cause pain in the future.