Managing Osteoarthritis With Chiropractic Care
In the past, it was believed elderly woman and overweight individuals were the main people afflicted with osteoarthritis (OA). It’s now known more people suffer from OA than any other disease. In fact, nearly every individual over age 50 suffers from this degenerative joint disease.

Some of the more common symptoms of OA include joint pain, stiffness, and tenderness to touch. The two most common areas affected by this disorder include the spine and the knee. General soreness and stiffness in the neck is also a very common complaint. Many times when there’s pain in a particular area, there’s a good indication some permanent damage has been done. But on a positive note, there may be help available.

Chiropractic care has been shown to help decrease the use of anti-inflammatory medications. Not only do chiropractors concentrate on the patient’s pain management, but we also focus on future prevention of this sometimes-debilitating disease. Many chiropractors promote an attitude of total wellness. Chiropractic patients realize sometimes when pain occurs, it may just be too late. Patients also understand the great importance of nutrition, stress reduction, and exercise in the role of disease prevention.

Nerves control every cell in our body, and proper spinal health is a key to this function. Chiropractic care focuses on correction of nerve pressure from a misaligned spine. This condition is termed “subluxation”. Subluxation has been linked to many disorders including asthma, ear infections, and carpal tunnel syndrome, as well as osteoarthritis.

Chiropractic adjustments keep joints free of arthritis by restoring proper function of the spine and nervous system and promoting proper lubrication of the involved joint. OA can occur when there’s improper alignment of a vertebra on the disc. Many times this uneven wear can be the culprit, just as improper alignment of your car often causes the tires to wear unevenly.

Many people believe OA can cause muscle weakness. It was recently discovered the exact opposite is true. Weak muscles may lead to decreased stability of a particular joint, which then may lead to OA. A recent study showed this to be true in patients even if no immediate pain was present. This study proved pain might not be the key factor in knowing if you suffer from OA.

Strength training and a consistent cardiovascular workout are two more ways to try to live an arthritis-free life. If you already have arthritis, some great exercises for management of this condition include swimming and walking. Studies have shown exercise reduces pain and increases mobility.

Proper nutrition is also a key factor in the prevention and management of OA. One study by the Boston University School of Medicine showed Vitamins C and D might minimize the pain of OA and actually help keep the disease at bay. Two other supplements that may be extremely helpful are glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate. Glucosamine is important for the formation of cartilage. Chondroitin works by drawing fluid into the tissue, giving the cartilage resistance and elasticity. Remember to contact your chiropractor before taking any supplements.

Many people think they have to suffer from OA with no chance for help. Don’t remain hopeless. Call your doctor of chiropractic today and schedule a consultation. The sooner you take action, the sooner you’ll decrease the daily wear and tear on your body. TPW