Chiropractic Care for Degenerative Arthritis
By Sara Butler
Arthritis is a common affliction, especially in older people. It’s most common in weight-bearing joints such as the spine, hips, knees, and even the big toe! But it’s not a condition that simply needs to be accepted as a person ages because there are effective treatments to help sufferers regain mobility and function. Here is how chiropractic care from the chiropractors at The Joint can help with degenerative arthritis.
Who’s at Risk?
Everyone is at risk of developing degenerative arthritis, but the greatest risk factors include:
- A genetic history of the disease
- Older adults
- People with hormone imbalances, such as diabetes
- People who perform repetitive motions daily, such as construction workers
In degenerative arthritis, over time the cartilage that helps to protect joints and help them move smoothly breaks down. This leads to chronic inflammation, pain, and loss of range of motion in the joint.
Can It Be Prevented?
There are several things that can be done to help reduce the risk of developing this degenerative disease. This includes:
- Good nutrition – A diet rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and omega-3 fatty acids has been associated with prevention of this condition.
- Exercise – Weak muscles that support joints at risk will increase the chance of developing the condition. Exercise to build up strong and healthy muscles, but choose exercises that are kind to joints such as the knees and hips.
- Maintain a healthy weight – Losing just one pound of body mass can take four pounds of pressure off of the knees. That’s why it’s important to maintain a healthy weight to take pressure off the joints and reduce the chance of developing arthritis.
- Get injuries treated – When a joint is injured, then it increases the risk of developing degenerative arthritis later. So, any joint that becomes injured, no matter how minor, needs professional attention to heal correctly.
- Good posture – Good posture helps to reduce stress on joints and keeps the body free from joint dysfunction and restriction that can later increase the risks of degenerative arthritis.
See the Chiropractor
Seeing the chiropractor for regular adjustments to relieve joint restriction and dysfunction is one of the best preventative steps in the fight against degenerative arthritis. That’s because a joint free from dysfunction and restriction is able to move through its full range of motion, helping to ease abnormal wear and tear of the joint that may lead to problems down the road.
If you’re concerned about the effects of degenerative arthritis or want to access your risk for developing it, discuss it with your chiropractor at The Joint.
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Woodbury, Minn.