Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, especially among older people. Osteoarthritis is a joint disease caused by the breakdown of cartilage—the firm, rubbery tissue that cushions bones at joints. Healthy cartilage allows bones to glide over one another and cartilage absorbs energy from the shock of physical movement. In OA cartilage breaks down and wears away. As a result, t. bones rub together, causing pain, swelling, and stiffness.
Most often, OA develops in the hands, knees, hips, and spine The disease affects men and women nearly equally. More than 20 million people in the Unit. States have OA. Symptoms tend to appear when individuals are in their 50s and 60s.
Sign and Symptoms of Osteoarthritis:
- Joint pain (often a deep, aching pain) that is worsened by movement and improved with rest
- Stiffness in the morning or after being inactive for more than 15 minutes
- Joint swelling
- Joints that are warm to the touch
- Crunching or crackling noise when the joint moves (crepitation)
- Limited range of motion
- Muscle weakness
- Abnormal growth of bony knobs near joints causing deformities
The goal of treating Osteoarthritis is to relieve symptoms, maintain mobility, and minimize disability. In chiropractic, we use a combination of chiropractic manipulation, therapy and supplementation with natural products It is possible, and preferable, to treat OA without the use of medications Pain-killers and anti-inflammatory medications should not be used as the primary, treatment for OA—they should be used only when absolutely necessary, in addition to other forms of treatment. Lifestyle approaches, including exercise, and many alternative therapies are becoming more popular and are considered many alternative therapies are becoming more popular and are considered safe and effective for the treatment OA.