Arthritis is a category of joint conditions that contains several sub-categories for different types of arthritis including osteoarthritis (the most common type), rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile arthritis, and many others. Osteoarthritis refers to the age-related joint changes that happen gradually over a long period of time, rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition, and juvenile arthritis affects children. As chiropractors, osteoarthritis is our focus.
What is happening?
Osteoarthritis is incredibly common and can significantly impact your life if you are in pain every day. You are likely to experience changes in the efficiency of joint movement as well as the muscles around the joints and the pain is usually a deep aching. If you have a more acute flare up, you can experience swelling around the joint as well.
Key aggravating factors
- Poor footwear can impact knees and ankles
- Lack of strength around the joints
- Previous trauma to the joint
- Poor posture
- Lack of exercise
Chiropractic quick tips
The management of osteoarthritis is a combined approach that involves eating well, maintaining good joint strength and movement, and staying fit and active.
Supportive footwear can significantly reduce pressure on the joints.
Regular activity levels – walking is a good starting point.
Chiropractic can help!
With osteoarthritis we can work collaboratively with your medical team to manage your condition, our focus is on reducing the pressure on the joint by optimising the muscle control and joint movement. We can also give you advice on ways of moving that will limit the pressure on the joints and increase the ease with which you carry out day to day activities.