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Anatomy of arthritis

Arthritis is inflammation of one or more of your joints. The main symptoms of arthritis are joint pain and stiffness, which typically worsen with age. The most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, however there are a myriad of arthritis’ described.

  1. Osteoarthritis causes cartilage damage. This is the hard, slippery lubricated tissue that covers the ends of bones where they form a joint, to break down.
  2. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that first targets the lining of joints (synovium).

Uric acid crystals, infections or underlying diseases, such as psoriasis or lupus, can cause other types of arthritis. Traditional treatments vary depending on the type of arthritis. The main goals of arthritis treatments are to reduce symptoms and improve the quality of life.

Symptoms of arthritis

Osteoarthritis is identified as stiffness and restriction of movement of joints often accompanied by enlarged knobbly joints. They are sometimes painful and could be described as “rusty joints” by sufferers. Depending on the degree of osteoarthritis the joint feels dry and creaky and some dexterity of movement may be disturbed and can appear disfigured. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease characterised by debilitating pain, with soft tissue swelling, radiating heat, and marked chronic pain. All forms of arthritis are associated with uric acid and crystals forming in the joint spaces and surrounding soft tissue. Natural therapies recommend reducing acid intake levels and attempts to alkalise the blood stream are pursued.

We can help arthritis

Our Chiropractic approach is to gently mobilise the affected joints attempting to break up crystal deposits and increase joint mobility. Remembering the body has a natural program for healing itself, we free spinal segments and balance the position and dynamics of the pelvis to increase the body’s natural abilities. Dietary advice is given and certain foods are to be avoided. I explain to patients the necessity to assist the range of motion to reduce symptoms and enhance function. A non-weight bearing exercise program is given, and remedial massage therapy with Angela in our office, and hydrotherapy may be recommended. The body’s natural ability to help itself is dependant on the nervous system and it’s ability to normalise function. Call for an appointment 0409 570 246
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