There is a reason behind this! The stiffness that you can be experiencing in your ankles, knees, hips, hands and spine is a result of degeneration of the cartilage that acts as a shock absorber between your bones. The degeneration of this cartilage causes swelling and pain of your joints, which you may refer to as “Old age” or osteoarthritis. 1
It is estimated that during 2014-2015, approximately 2.1 million Australians were living with osteoarthritis: 2 in 3 of these individuals being female. Osteoarthritis is also the predominant condition leading to knee and hip replacements 2.
The pain pattern of osteoarthritis begins with pain being felt during activity but as it progresses it can be felt during rest and minor movements or “morning stiffness”. You may also experience enlarged tender joints.
There are multiple factors that can contribute to the progression of osteoarthritis including:
How can Chiropractic help?
With any type of degenerative condition, it is important to focus on slowing down its progression rate and avoid the dreaded hip or knee replacement that so many individuals are turning to these days. When it comes to osteoarthritis, multiple aspects of an individual’s lifestyle can be taken into consideration when creating a chiropractic treatment plan.
Every patient is unique in the way that they can present with osteoarthritis; therefore it is important to understand that everyone’s holistic treatment plan is tailor made to them.
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