Arthritis

 

There is a terrible loss in quality of life as a result of arthritis pain (i.e. the inability to hold our grandchildren, to dance with our favorite partner, to enjoy attending a sporting event, and a hundred other “minor disabilities”), and this is accepted by the victim as a natural consequence of aging.

While gravity does eventually win, most of the factors that drag us slowly down can be prevented!

We all know 80-year-olds living large, and 65-year-olds who may as well be 85.

Unfortunately, the uninformed victims of arthritis are told to take their pills and “slow down”. When the pills stop controlling the pain, they “slow down” even more. Eventually, in an effort to run away from pain, their life has become a shadow of its former self and the victim sits in their quiet little corner of the world, resigned to what they believe is the inevitable.

It doesn’t have to be that way! It is possible to manage arthritis in a way that will improve the quality of life for the sufferer of arthritis by leaps and bounds.

To find out more about Arthritis in general, read on!

 

What is it?

The term “arthritis” is very general. There are many forms of arthritis. The most common type is osteoarthritis or Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD).

Degenerative joint disease is a fancy term for “worn and torn.”

Your body is a sophisticated biomechanical machine, designed to last for years. But just like any other mechanical system (your car, for example), parts wear out. Degenerative arthritis almost always begins with worn wobbly joints (a creaky knee, a popping neck) which start long before pain appears. By the time there is pain, permanent damage has already been sustained in the involved joints.

 

How Old is Your Spine?

Your spine may be “older” than the rest of you. Depending on how you use (or abuse) your spine, parts of your spine may be wearing out faster than the rest of your body. Things that lead to early degenerative arthritic changes include trauma (such as car accidents or falls), micro-trauma (prolonged sitting or standing, improper sleep postures, repetitive lifting, too much body weight, etc.), and others.

 

Is Degenerative Arthritis Permanent?

If a joint has been in trouble for a short time, correction of function can prevent permanent damage and degenerative changes. However, once the discs of the spine have begun to thin and bone spurs start to form, these changes are permanent. The discs get thinner and the bone spurs grow larger over time. Other nearby joints have to work harder because of the loss of function of the affected joints. As this disease progresses, these nearby joints begin to develop degenerative changes as well.

What surprises many people is that they have advanced joint dysfunction with degenerative changes that built up over years and just today developed pain. Severe arthritic pain usually comes when a bone spur gets large enough to irritate a spinal nerve (such as in the case of sciatica) or when a degenerating disc bulges to the point that the disc comes in contact with a nerve (as in the case of a herniated disc).

People who have degenerative changes present are an accident waiting to happen. Sometimes even trivial causes, such as sneezing or “overdoing it” just a little, or stepping off a curb wrong can launch an arthritic spine into an episode of severe pain, sometimes for the rest of one’s life.

 

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 What Can Be Done About Degenerative Joint Disease?

If there is a large bone spur irritating a nerve, or if a herniated disc is putting pressure on a nerve, then spinal surgery may be the only option. Other traditional medical approaches include spinal injections with steroids and painkillers.

Remember that the cause of the disc degeneration and bone spur formation is joint dysfunction. The chiropractic approach to managing degenerative arthritis involves restoring as much function to the spine as possible. We cannot make bone spurs go away, and we cannot make discs grow back. No one can. But the natural chiropractic approach to managing degenerative joint disease has a proven record of effectiveness when it comes to attaining these three goals:

• Reduce or eliminate pain
• Restore function of the spine
• Slow or stop the degenerative process

 

Chiropractic Management of Arthritis

Proper management of degenerative arthritis consists of the application of appropriate physical therapy in conjunction with chiropractic adjustment of the spine. There are several adjusting techniques which can be used safely, depending upon your age, body type, etc.

You must be be involved in your care program. Homework assignments are a part of every program. These vary for each case but might include stretching, applying heat or ice, home traction, rest or modified activity. Proper nutrition is also an important consideration.

It is also very important to remember that it takes many years, sometimes several decades, for degenerative arthritis to wear away the spine. It takes time and patience to restore health, once it has been lost to arthritis.

 

What Happens if I Don’t Get the Care That I Need?

There are a lot of drugs that one can take to cover up the pain, but unless the function of the mechanical parts causing the pain is corrected, the problem remains. There is a high probability (estimated by studies as more than 90%) that the dysfunctional joints will continue to degenerate, resulting in and crippling loss of function and debilitating pain later in life.

 

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All information contained within this site is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any health problem, nor is it intended to replace the advice of a qualified medical practitioner, health practitioner, or fitness professional. No action should be taken solely on the contents of this website. Always consult your physician or qualified health professional on any matters regarding your health or on any opinions expressed within this website. The information provided within this website is believed to be accurate based on the best judgment of the authors but the reader is responsible for consulting with their own health professional on any matters raised within. We do not assume any liability for the information contained within this website, be it direct, indirect, consequential, special, exemplary, or otherwise.


 

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Arthritis

There is a terrible loss in quality of life as a result of arthritis pain (i.e. the inability to hold our grandchildren, to dance with our favorite partner, to enjoy attending a sporting event, and a hundred other “minor disabilities”), and this is accepted by the victim as a natural consequence of aging.

While gravity does eventually win, most of the factors that drag us slowly down can be prevented!

We all know 80-year-olds living large, and 65-year-olds who may as well be 85.

Unfortunately, the uninformed victims of arthritis are told to take their pills and “slow down”. When the pills stop controlling the pain, they “slow down” even more. Eventually, in an effort to run away from pain, their life has become a shadow of its former self and the victim sits in their quiet little corner of the world, resigned to what they believe is the inevitable.

It doesn’t have to be that way! It is possible to manage arthritis in a way that will improve the quality of life for the sufferer of arthritis by leaps and bounds.

To find out more about Arthritis in general, read on!

 

What is it?

The term “arthritis” is very general. There are many forms of arthritis. The most common type is osteoarthritis or Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD).

Degenerative joint disease is a fancy term for “worn and torn.”

Your body is a sophisticated biomechanical machine, designed to last for years. But just like any other mechanical system (your car, for example), parts wear out. Degenerative arthritis almost always begins with worn wobbly joints (a creaky knee, a popping neck) which start long before pain appears. By the time there is pain, permanent damage has already been sustained in the involved joints.

 

How Old is Your Spine?

Your spine may be “older” than the rest of you. Depending on how you use (or abuse) your spine, parts of your spine may be wearing out faster than the rest of your body. Things that lead to early degenerative arthritic changes include trauma (such as car accidents or falls), micro-trauma (prolonged sitting or standing, improper sleep postures, repetitive lifting, too much body weight, etc.), and others.

 

Is Degenerative Arthritis Permanent?

If a joint has been in trouble for a short time, correction of function can prevent permanent damage and degenerative changes. However, once the discs of the spine have begun to thin and bone spurs start to form, these changes are permanent. The discs get thinner and the bone spurs grow larger over time. Other nearby joints have to work harder because of the loss of function of the affected joints. As this disease progresses, these nearby joints begin to develop degenerative changes as well.

What surprises many people is that they have advanced joint dysfunction with degenerative changes that built up over years and just today developed pain. Severe arthritic pain usually comes when a bone spur gets large enough to irritate a spinal nerve (such as in the case of sciatica) or when a degenerating disc bulges to the point that the disc comes in contact with a nerve (as in the case of a herniated disc).

People who have degenerative changes present are an accident waiting to happen. Sometimes even trivial causes, such as sneezing or “overdoing it” just a little, or stepping off a curb wrong can launch an arthritic spine into an episode of severe pain, sometimes for the rest of one’s life.

 

 

Chiropractor, Chiropractic, pain care, pain relief, Augusta, Evans, Martinez, Webb, Thomson, Grovetown, Richmond County, CSRA, North Augusta, Bobby Jones, Walker, Pidcock, Boutwell, Pain Center, Spine, Back, Augusta, Evans, Martinez. Larson, Advanced Chiropractic, wellness, weight loss, medical weight loss, natural weight loss, Sherman, The Joint, Joint, adjustment, back pain, backache, headache, migraine, shoulder pain, joint pain, knee pain, neck pain, neck, shoulder, physical therapy, Augusta Spirit, Peachcare.

 

What Can Be Done About Degenerative Joint Disease?

If there is a large bone spur irritating a nerve, or if a herniated disc is putting pressure on a nerve, then spinal surgery may be the only option. Other traditional medical approaches include spinal injections with steroids and painkillers.

Remember that the cause of the disc degeneration and bone spur formation is joint dysfunction. The chiropractic approach to managing degenerative arthritis involves restoring as much function to the spine as possible. We cannot make bone spurs go away, and we cannot make discs grow back. No one can. But the natural chiropractic approach to managing degenerative joint disease has a proven record of effectiveness when it comes to attaining these three goals:

• Reduce or eliminate pain*
• Restore function of the spine*
• Slow or stop the degenerative process*

 

Chiropractic Management of Arthritis

Proper management of degenerative arthritis consists of the application of appropriate physical therapy in conjunction with chiropractic adjustment of the spine. There are several adjusting techniques which can be used safely, depending upon your age, body type, etc.

You must be be involved in your care program. Homework assignments are a part of every program. These vary for each case but might include stretching, applying heat or ice, home traction, rest or modified activity. Proper nutrition is also an important consideration.

It is also very important to remember that it takes many years, sometimes several decades, for degenerative arthritis to wear away the spine. It takes time and patience to restore health, once it has been lost to arthritis.*

 

What Happens if I Don’t Get the Care That I Need?

There are a lot of drugs that one can take to cover up the pain, but unless the function of the mechanical parts causing the pain is corrected, the problem remains. There is a high probability (estimated by studies as more than 90%) that the dysfunctional joints will continue to degenerate, resulting in and crippling loss of function and debilitating pain later in life.

 

 

Stop Living in Pain

 

Schedule Your Appointment Today
Webb, Jablonski, arthritis, chiropractic, chiropractor, augusta, evans, martinez, grovetown, Harlem, Thomson, Waynesboro, medical, physical therapy, walker, georgialina

Disclaimer:

All information contained within this site is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any health problem, nor is it intended to replace the advice of a qualified medical practitioner, health practitioner, or fitness professional. No action should be taken solely on the contents of this website. Always consult your physician or qualified health professional on any matters regarding your health or on any opinions expressed within this website. The information provided within this website is believed to be accurate based on the best judgment of the authors but the reader is responsible for consulting with their own health professional on any matters raised within. We do not assume any liability for the information contained within this website, be it direct, indirect, consequential, special, exemplary, or otherwise.