Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative condition of a joint which affects a large portion of the population. There is misnomer that OA is horrible and nothing can be done about it. This is not the truth, and the harder you work to prevent progression of the condition, the easier it is to battle the effects.One element to help manage osteoarthritis is chiropractic treatment.
Let us start by giving you a little history about Osteoarthritis. OA is also called degenerative joint disease (DJD) and is commonly mistaken for an inflammatory arthritis, which is not the case. OA is the most common joint disease worldwide and affects more females than males over the age of 45. The disease was originally thought to only affect the articular surfaces of the joints but current research is telling us DJD is affecting the entire joint. It should be known OA most often involves the weight-bearing joints of the body (hips, knees, cervical and lumbar spines). There is a strong correlation between DJD of the knee and obesity. The most common cause of DJD is trauma; this could be a large single traumatic event or multiple repetitive traumatic events.
How does someone suffering from OA manage the condition? OA can be managed in several ways. First, you can refuse to move the affected joint and this will decrease the symptoms for the time being. With continued immobility, you will begin to notice a decrease in range of motion and an overall increase in the rate of progress of the disease. Research and case studies have proven the most effective way to manage DJD is to improve one’s diet, control weight, correct supplementation, manual manipulations, improve cardiovascular fitness and exercise correctly to improve joint flexibility. The symptoms of DJD will not improve overnight, but with the proper supervision managing the symptoms can become second nature.