Arthritis and Chiropractic Care
With each decade of life and regular activity, some level of joint cartilage wear is expected. However, what happens when this wear is too much, or occurs unevenly, and leads to major issues with pain and your overall function? Arthritis, more specifically osteoarthritis (OA), can leave you feeling sore, stiff, frustrated and unable to complete your daily activities.
Keeping good joint health for preventing or properly managing OA all comes down to your body’s alignment. The most important factor for establishing full body balance is spine alignment. When the spine is misaligned, it puts unnecessary strain on the body’s joints with normal movements and activity. Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) is a high quality, expert-based approach to addressing this common root cause of poor joint health due to spine misalignment.
Are you at risk for OA?
Arthritis can become a problem in any joint that sustains a lot of impact or repetitive use, particularly after the age of 50. Common areas that experience OA are the knees, hips, spine, shoulders, and fingers. Here are some of the risk factors associated with OA:
- Chronic inflammatory and metabolic diseases like Diabetes, obesity, and heart disease
- Long term repetitive joint use, especially if done with poor form
- Faulty movement patterns from issues like bad posture or limping
- Being overweight and/or inactive
- Previous injuries
Your options for treating OA
Once OA is diagnosed, traditionally palliative management for addressing pain is the primary recommended option. Unfortunately, the focus does not tend to be on restoring joint health or addressing possible underlying issues with spine and body alignment. Instead, the joint is kept comfortable with prescribed pain medication or injections until symptoms become moderate to severe. At this point, a total joint replacement is often recommended.
Did you know you have other options for addressing your OA? Often, symptoms can be well managed and progression can be prevented if underlying issues related to movement patterns, inflammation, overall health, and spine alignment are addressed. This might involve working with a dietician, chiropractor, or physical therapist.
Chiropractic care can help your arthritis
You should now have a good grasp on the importance of body alignment for preventing uneven wear on the joints and optimizing coordination. Spine misalignment causes normal nerve energy to be blocked, resulting in havoc on the musculoskeletal system due to poor movement sequencing and discoordination. When spine alignment can be restored, it allows the entire system to work in sync and minimize strain on the joints.
It can be hard to recognize spine misalignment without professional help. A designated CBP practitioner is part of an elite group in the U.S. specially trained to recognize these issues and create a program for you that works. You can expect to receive high quality non-invasive treatment that can potentially help you better manage OA.
Dr. Scott Justin Scott with Strong Life Chiropractic in Lithia, FL is a CBP care provider that can potentially help you get on track with your OA. Get in touch with him today to discuss your options for building sustainable joint health.
Dr Justin Scott, DC
Chiropractor and Clinical Director