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Chiropractic: A Natural Preventative for Arthritis

By:   |   Jul 08, 2018   |   Views: 64   |   Comments: 0

To understand arthritis it is important to understand the definition of the  word. "Arth" from the latin word arthro means joint. "Itis" means inflammation.  Therefore, Arthritis simply means inflammation of a joint. There are many  diseases that are classified under the term arthritis. There are many different  types of arthritis. The most common type that affects most people in their life  time is osteoarthritis.

The term osteoarthritis carries many different names. Some of these include  degenerative arthritis, degenerative joint disease (DJD), and spondylosis if it  is in the spine. Osteoarthritis is basically a condition that is defined as  wearing out of cartilage that lines joint surfaces.

When joint cartilage is damaged, the sensitive bone tissue that is usually  protected by the cartilage, becomes stressed causing degenerative changes in the  joint. The bone around the joint may jut out causing osteophytes, more commonly  called bone spurs. Bone spurs can irritate other things around the joint  complicating the problem. This may include nerve irritation which can be a cause  of pain associated with osteoarthritis.

The most common areas of the body to be affected by osteoarthritis include  the lower neck, low back, knees, hips and fingers. The symptoms of DJD include  stiffness or pain in the joints involved. Symptoms may also include referred  pain. An example of this would be pain, numbness or tingling into the legs. This  could be caused from arthritic joints in the low back irritating sensitive  nerves which extend from the low back into the legs.

The best management for osteoarthritis is prevention and taking care of the  joints involved. One should make sure that when joints are injured, they are  taken care of as soon as possible to avoid the development of arthritis in the  joints affected. If not taken care of, the joints can become unstable causing  the cartilage in the joints to wear out faster than normal.

Degenerative arthritis affects most people over the age of 50. People often  say "it is just part of getting old." Unfortunately many people accept being in  pain thinking they are just too old. It is interesting to note that  osteoarthritis always develops in specific joints and not evenly through the  entire body. For example, a person may have one arthritic knee and not two, or  they may have arthritis in the lower neck and not the entire spine. If  degenerative arthritis were just caused from getting old, it would affect all of  the joints in the body equally. The majority of elderly have joints in their  body without any arthritis at all. The reason only some joints are affected is  because of stress or injury to those joints.

Chiropractic helps to restore motion and proper mechanics in joints that are  injured or affected by arthritis. Chiropractic can prevent or slow the  degenerative process in joints. Studies have even shown a reversal of  degenerative arthritis through chiropractic care. Chiropractic gets to the cause  of the problem rather than just treat the symptoms associated with  arthritis.

Chiropractors work to prevent arthritis by performing specific hands on  adjustments to correct joints that are not in their proper alignment. This helps  to restore proper motion to the joints and prevents the joints from becoming  unstable. Proper motion is essential to preventing arthritis. It not only helps  the joints to glide properly, but also allows them to receive essential  nutrients and hydration.

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