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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Natural Treatment for the Common Condition of Osteoarthritis



Osteoarthritis, or degenerative joint disease, is the most common form of arthritis. When cartilage is damaged, bones will grind against each other causing severe pain and restrictions in movement. This can occur over the span of many years or immediately after an infection or injury in a joint.
There are numerous different types of arthritis; therefore, the treatment varies for each type and each individual. When the body's joints encounter repetitive trauma the end result is osteoarthritis, or degenerative joint disease, which is more common as we progress in age. Joint deformity and unusual anatomy can sometimes result from arthritis. Other factors that contribute to degenerative joint disease are poor blood supply, immobilization, and poor nutrition.

Movement is vital and highly beneficial to the maintenance of arthritic joints. Joints are self-lubricating through a lot of movement which coats and protects the cartilage. If the body stays idle and doesn't move then there's lacking protection for the cartilage.
All of the causes for osteoarthritis revolve around the expertise of chiropractors. Putting ice on the joints will definitely help the inflammation, but chiropractors assist in restoring full function back to the joint and relieving the patient of their pain. During a spinal manipulation, the ends of the joint are pulled apart allowing the lubricating fluids to flow and re-coat the cartilage.
Preventative measures can be assessed for arthritis starting with regular chiropractic adjustments. All of the joints in the body need to move, they must to remain healthy. There isn't a better way to do this in a quick way other than spinal manipulations. Move around and stretch every single day. When muscles tighten it leads to joints compressing. Stay on a healthy diet and maintain a healthy weight because excess weight tends to break down joints in the body.
Depending on the severity of the condition, chiropractic treatment is primarily the way to help patients with arthritis because they are trained to tackle the underlying cause of the problem. Rather than offering medications that temporarily mask the pain, chiropractic treatment gets to the core of the condition causing arthritis, or degenerative joint disease.
Although chiropractors cannot reverse the joints from degenerating, they can rid the spine of stiffness and allow the joints to move more freely. Osteoarthritis can cause a person tremendous pain, but with the right care and preventative measures it can be a way of life rather than a dreaded pain that hinders daily activities.
David L. Greene, MD, Phoenix, AZ is CEO of Preferred Pain Center which serves the Phoenix and Scottsdale, AZ metropolitan and surrounding areas. He can be reached at dgreene@preferredpaincenter.com and (602) 507-6550.
Preferred Pain Center is a Comprehensive Arizona Pain Management Center including Medical and Interventional Pain Management, Phoenix Chiropractors Treatment, Physical Therapy, Spinal Decompression Therapy, and Manipulation Under Anesthesia.


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