Ease Your Osteoarthritis Pain and Suffering

Osteoarthritis is a very debilitating disease that hits with a more and more folks as they get older. On top of that, obesity contributes significantly to the chronic condition, resulting in the wear and tear of joints. However, people can get some relief from the condition using a chiropractor. This person will realign the joints in order for them to move correctly and slow down the degeneration process.

Normal vs. Abnormal Joint Functions

A joint that functions normally will move easily. It’ll be supported by firm, rubbery cartilage so that the bones can easily side over each other. However, a person with osteoarthritis will have swelling, stiffness and pain because the joint’s cartilage has broken down. This means the bones rub one another while moving.

Osteoarthritis: What Happens To Cause It

It’s believed that nearly 50 percent of people – 55 and older – have some kind of osteoarthritis. As a person gets older, the water content amount in the cartilage declines. This causes a rapid breakdown in the cartilage.

Some of the tissue from the cartilage breakdown is released into the joint capsule’s synovial fluid. This causes the inflammation people experience. While any joints can be affected, the knees, hand and hip joints are the ones that see the most complaints. And, that’s because, they do most of the work and hold most of the load.

What Are Some Osteoarthritis Symptoms?

The most common signs of this chronic ailment include:

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Crepitus – popping/clicking sound of joint when bones rub together due to lack of cartilage

One surefire sign that you could be suffering with the condition is the constant waking up with morning stiffness in your joints. As the day goes on, the symptoms improve. However, the pain strikes when you’re active and is better when you’re resting.

How To Treat Osteoarthritis?

At this time, there’s no cure for the condition. But, you can implement things that will slow down its progression and ease the pain. One of the easiest, and less invasive, treatments is changing your lifestyle and diet as well as getting chiropractic care. Consume whole fresh foods and lose excess weight can relieve the pressure and stress the joints feel.

Along with that, getting a regular amount of light exercise each day can strengthen the muscles, supporting the joints. Exercise is great for bettering posture, balance and range of motion. Another potential exercise you can partake in for treatment is swimming. And, that’s because you can exercise without putting a lot of stress on your joints.

A highly experienced chiropractor uses a number of safe, gentle techniques to bring your joints back into alignment. This will reduce any pain you have without the need for continuous pain medication. According to various studies, chiropractic methods can do the following things:

  • Better joint coordination
  • Decrease pain
  • Improve range of motion
  • Relax tense muscles

He/she can also come up with other great exercises and stretches that can target your particular needs.

For further information visit Montgomery County Chiropractic and take advantage of the new patient special offer.

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Montgomery County Chiropractic
6931 Arlington Road T200
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 907-6533

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