Osteoarthritis is a normal part of growing older. Most of us will develop it to some degree, possibly as young as 40 years old. It is caused by the degeneration of cartilage, which then leads to the formation of bone spurs, causing stiffness and pain in the joints. Managing the pain traditionally involves drugs, which can have side effects, become addictive, and do little to slow the development of the disease.
For osteoarthritis in the spine, chiropractic manipulation can offer relief by forcing to joints in the spine to move (keeping moving is important for arthritis sufferers, as long as not too much strain is put on joints). Non-surgical spinal decompression can sometimes help arthritis, although it is more commonly recommended for sciatica and disc herniations. Traction massage may also be helpful, as might heat and cold therapies.
On top of that, a good Stockbridge Georgia chiropractic clinic can recommend lifestyle changes to slow the progression of the disease. This might include weight loss, improved nutrition, and individualized therapeutic exercise programs. They may also recommend nutritional supplements that help to support cartilage health and slow degeneration. Exercise is a key part of management for osteoarthritis – it helps maintain a healthy weight, reduces pain and strengthens muscles around affected joints.
None of this is a cure for osteoarthritis – as of right now we do not have a cure for arthritis, only various ways to manage symptoms and improve the quality of life. By using chiropractic care and therapeutic exercise, in combination with improved nutrition and supplementation, patients can live a much healthier and more active life for longer, and put off the need for surgery or resort to a walker or a cane.
Arthritis is a normal part of growing older for most people – but it does not have to be the end of an active life.