What is osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis (AKA degenerative joint disease) occurs as a person ages and is associated with misaligned joints and postural imperfections. In addition, spinal discs wear away, causing bone spurs to form in order to stabilize the area. Bone spurs can be painful. Osteoarthritis may cause lower back pain, neck pain and pain in the joints of the extremities.
Remedies for Arthritis
1. Physical Activity – Studies show that exercise, such as simply walking around the neighbourhood can help you keep or attain a healthy weight.
2. Maintain a healthy weight – Too much weight adds stress to the joints and spine. The rule of thumb – eat less, move more.
3. Stretching – Gentle daily stretching can increase flexibility and decrease pain.
4. Assistive Devices – Walkers, orthotics, scooters, lumbar support belts and canes can help with mobility and function.
5. Chiropractic –A chiropractor can detect and correct misaligned joints with gentle, specific adjustments. This can take pressure off of nerves and restore spinal motion.
The result: decreased pain and increased mobility
6. Positive Attitude – There is nothing like a good outlook on life. It can bolster the immune system, leaving a person better equipped to handle pain.
46 million Americans suffer with arthritis. It’s the most common cause of disability in the United States. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that even those with arthritis get an average of 21 minutes of exercise per day.
In one study, a 70 year old female patient with hip osteoarthritis achieved better balance and gait speed after 12 weeks of treatment with a chiropractor. Falls are a major problem among the elderly.
The Last Century
For over a hundred years, people believed arthritis meant the end of normal activities. With chiropractic benefits, arthritis has become manageable and with the addition of exercise and diet, it doesn’t have to be feared.