WHAT IS OSTEOARTHRITIS?
Arthritis is an inclusive medical term used to describe inflammation of a joint. Inflammation is the body’s natural reaction to disease or injury. Prolonged inflammation in the joint can lead to damage to the tissues and bones of a joint, leading to arthritis. There are over 100 types of arthritis, and osteoarthritis is the most common type. Osteoarthritis occurs in a joint when the protective cartilage covering the ends of the bone in a joint wear away. Cartilage is a firm material that acts like a shock absorber between the bones within a joint. Without the cartilage there, the ends of the bone within a joint start to rub against each other, and the resulting friction causes pain and swelling. Osteoarthritis can occur in any joint, but most commonly occurs in weight bearing joints such as the knee, hip, and spine. The most common cause of osteoarthritis is overuse. The symptoms of osteoarthritis include:
- Joint pain and stiffness, especially with movement
- Stiffness after long periods of inactivity
- Boney enlargements around the joint
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HOW CAN Ideal Body Chiropractic HELP YOU WITH OSTEOARTHRITIS?
Due to the nature of our doctors' relationships with his patients, we can detect the earliest signs of osteoarthritis. From that point forwards, our doctors can decrease your joint pain, optimize your joint range of motion and improve your joint coordination with gentle chiropractic adjustments. Furthermore, if a muscle that crosses a joint in your body is tight, it will compress the joint, worsening the symptoms of osteoarthritis. By administering Active Release Technique soft tissue massage, our doctors can relax the muscles and decompress the joint to relieve the joint pain you are feeling. A major cause of osteoarthritis is improper use of a joint through sub-optimal movement strategies and improper posture. With dynamic movement screenings, our doctors can analyze how you perform your everyday movements and give you simple corrective exercises, stretches and mobilizations that you can do at home to help alleviate the symptoms of osteoarthritis. Allow our doctors the privilege of taking care of you. Contact us at (818) 922-8499 for an appointment today!