Osteoarthritis​ Treatment

Dr. Belinda Eddy and Dr. Ewen Macaulay DC

Chiropractic Care for Osteoarthritis

If you have osteoarthritis (OA), a common joint condition causing pain and stiffness, chiropractic care can help. Chiropractors, the experts in this, use gentle methods to improve your joint function and reduce discomfort. They’ll ask about your health, check how your joints move, and may suggest regular sessions to make you feel better. Chiropractors don’t give medicines or do surgery; they focus on natural ways to help your body heal. If needed, they’ll guide you to other healthcare professionals.

Our Chiropractor Mill Creek WA not only helps prevent further arthritic pain and inflammation but also stops osteoarthritis from developing altogether. Call us today at (425) 742–7772 to book an appointment

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Symptoms Of Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) can cause various symptoms, including:

  1. Pain: Joint pain is a common symptom, especially after activity or towards the end of the day.
  1. Stiffness: Joints may feel stiff, making movement challenging, particularly in the morning or after sitting for a while.
  1. Swelling: The affected joints might show signs of swelling or tenderness.
  1. Limited Range of Motion: You may find it harder to move your joints fully, experiencing a reduced range of motion.
  1. Grating Sensation: Some people with OA may hear or feel a grating sensation in the affected joint during movement.
  1. Bone Spurs: In advanced cases, extra bits of bone, called bone spurs, can develop around the affected joint.

These symptoms often worsen over time, and while OA can affect any joint, it commonly occurs in the knees, hips, hands, and spine.

Causes Of Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) develops when the protective cartilage that cushions the ends of your bones wears down over time. Several factors contribute to its development:

1. Aging: The risk of OA increases with age as wear and tear on joints accumulate.

2. Joint Overuse or Injury: Previous injuries or excessive use of certain joints can lead to OA, especially if the injury wasn’t properly treated.

3. Genetics: There’s a genetic component, and if your parents had OA, you may be more prone to developing it.

4. Gender: Women are more likely to develop OA, especially after the age of 50.

5. Obesity: Carrying excess weight puts additional stress on weight-bearing joints like the knees and hips, increasing the risk of OA.

6. Joint Misalignment: Improper joint alignment or formation may contribute to OA development.

7. Muscle Weakness: Weak muscles around the joints may fail to provide adequate support, leading to increased stress on the joints.

8. Other Medical Conditions: Certain medical conditions, like rheumatoid arthritis or metabolic disorders, can increase the risk of OA.

Understanding these factors can help in managing and preventing the progression of osteoarthritis. If you suspect you have OA or experience joint pain, consulting with a healthcare professional is crucial for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate management.

Chiropractic Treatment For Osteoarthritis

Chiropractors approach the treatment of osteoarthritis (OA) with a focus on improving joint function, reducing pain, and enhancing overall well-being. Here’s how they typically address OA:

1. Patient Assessment: Chiropractors begin by understanding your health history, symptoms, and lifestyle factors. They may inquire about when and how your OA symptoms started.

2. Physical Examination: A hands-on examination is performed to assess the affected joints, checking for stiffness, tenderness, and range of motion. This helps the chiropractor understand the specific issues in your joints.

3. Joint Manipulation: Chiropractors use gentle, targeted adjustments to realign the spine and affected joints. This can reduce stress on the joints, improve mobility, and alleviate pain.

4. Soft Tissue Techniques: Chiropractors may employ soft tissue techniques, such as massage or stretching exercises, to relieve muscle tension and enhance flexibility around affected joints.

5. Lifestyle Recommendations: Chiropractors often provide advice on lifestyle modifications, including exercises and stretches that can be done at home to support joint health. They may also suggest changes in posture and ergonomics.

6. Nutritional Guidance: Some chiropractors offer nutritional guidance, recommending supplements or dietary changes that may help manage inflammation and support joint health.

It’s important to note that while chiropractic care can be beneficial for managing OA symptoms, it is not a cure for the condition. Chiropractors work in collaboration with other healthcare professionals, and if necessary, they may refer you to other specialists for additional care.

Before seeking chiropractic treatment for osteoarthritis or any health condition, it’s advisable to consult with your primary healthcare provider to ensure that it is a suitable and safe option for your specific situation.

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