Someone may have osteoarthritis and not feel any pain until they do something that exacerbates it. Whether you are in pain daily or you have flare ups chiropractic care can help.
Give us a call today at (360) 260-6903 to see if we can help.
Hey, it’s Dr. Troy here. The osteoarthritis chiropractor.
You know, nowadays with the baby boomers and people getting older, there’s a lot of people being diagnosed with osteoarthritis. They go in because they have pain. Neck, back, hip, shoulder and the doctor will say “Oh, you have osteoarthritis.”
And so what is the solution? The medical approach is to write prescriptions for pain killers, muscle relaxers, or even cortisone shots, injections, and sometimes even surgery. But, we got to rewind a little bit here because what causes osteoarthritis?
Well, there’s two things that happen. One is that there has been trauma to a joint or the spine and the joints aren’t moving properly. The other component is lack of motion, because motion brings nutrients into a joint. So the joint has been traumatized and / or lack of movement.
So, here we have a nice cervical curve, let’s use the neck for example, this can happen in any joint. Neck’s in alignment, there’s been some sort of thing, physically or mentally or chemically, that has caused tension on the body and then the body responds by shifting out of alignment. Which is fine, we call this “level one.”
Over time that “level one”, we start seeing degenerative changes. Early sign, there’s calcium and extra bone being laid down to support the weight of the head or the joint so the body doesn’t collapse naturally. Over time, it continues to build more and more bone; you can see the spring here, the calcium, this is osteoarthritis. That means bone arthritis or bone inflammation, that’s what the word breaks down.
Over time, we’ve got even more loss of disc height. You can see the white, the more white calcium deposits, more bone’s being laid down to support the weight of the head due to this misaligned area and so it’s supporting this.
So, osteoarthritis in itself is not painful. You can have somebody who’s got osteoarthritis lit up throughout their whole spine, they are totally fine if they sit there. But guess what, they go and mow the lawn, they go and wash the dog, or lift chicken food, or vacuum, or do the dishes, and all of the sudden “My back hurts, my neck hurts, now my knee hurts.” They were fine until they did activities that exacerbated it.
So, if you are suffering from osteoarthritis, chiropractic may be right for you. Get the joints moving again. They’re never going to be 100%, but if you took someone from a pain level of 9 out of 10 down to a 3 out of 10 and got them 60% or 70% relief, that could change their life, that could their activities and daily living. There’s also some nutritional things you can do.
One of the things we highly recommend that people who have osteoarthritis is get on Wuji Chlorella. It’s an anti-inflammatory, it’s a whole food vitamin mineral, and it’s a great thing for patients with osteoarthritis.
If you are interested in more information, call our office (360) 360-6903.
Free consultation to determine if chiropractic is right for you. If you are experiencing any issues related to osteoarthritis, we may be able to help you.
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