Osteoarthritis is a disease characterized by joint damage caused by ‘wear and tear’ occurring within joint cartilage over time. This degenerative joint disorder causes joint pain and tenderness, as well as swelling, stiffness and loss of flexibility among some patients. Osteoarthritis is progressive, beginning with minimal symptoms that gradually worsen. Some of the joints most susceptible to the disease include the knees, hips, hands, and lower back, although osteoarthritis can affect any joint in the body. Osteoarthritis is most commonly seen starting with middle aged patients and older.
Did you know…
that approximately 27 million people in the U.S. suffer from osteoarthritis? In fact, it is the most prevalent type of arthritis among adults all over the world. Studies have shown that adults over the age of 18 – particularly those middle-aged or older – can help stave off osteoarthritis by engaging in moderate amounts of physical activity on a regular basis. Maintaining a healthy weight is also key, as excess weight places exponential amounts of pressure on the knees, which are two major joints that are especially prone to cartilage degeneration and the development of osteoarthritis.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I at risk for osteoarthritis, or could I be suffering from the condition now?
Probability of developing osteoarthritis increases with age, with females and obese individuals at particularly high risk for being diagnosed with the disease. You may be suffering from this condition if you currently experience chronic pain or stiffness in one or more joints.
Should I see a chiropractor for osteoarthritis?
There is currently no cure for osteoarthritis; though there are treatments available to help manage symptoms, maximize joint function, and slow progression of the disease. Depending on the extent of symptoms and discomfort, patients may benefit from chiropractic care. In fact, the American College of Physicians noted in 2017 that chiropractic care should be tried before using medications.
What should I expect during my chiropractic appointment a Buffalo Grove Chiropractic & Wellness?
During your appointment, Dr. Garcia will ask you about your symptoms and perform a physical exam. In some cases, diagnostic imaging such as x-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI may be required. Depending on your individual diagnosis, Dr. Garcia will develop a treatment plan that may consist of gently manipulating soft tissues, slowly stretching your joints, increasing your range of motion, or adjunctive therapies such as ultrasound or electrotherapy.