Osteoarthritis is a type of joint disease that gradually gets worse as time goes on due to damage and wear. Joint pain is a common condition that can affect any joints in the body. However, it most often affects weight-bearing joints, such as the spine, hips, knees, ankles, and hands. Osteoarthritis is a health condition that can affect anyone, regardless of age or gender. However, it is more common in older adults.
Chiropractic not only helps to prevent further arthritic pain and inflammation, but it may also stop osteoarthritis from developing altogether. Call us today at (425) 742–7772 to book an appointment.
Symptoms Of Osteoarthritis
Most people first experience mild symptoms. Over time, symptoms start to progress and become worse. Common symptoms may include:
- Pain is the most common symptom
- Pain may be worse when the person is active
- Tenderness and stiffness in affected joints
- The appearance of bone spurs
- Inflammation in and around the affected joints
- A grating sound when moving the joints
- Reduced flexibility in the joints
Does Medical Insurance Cover Osteoarthritis Treatment?
Yes, medical insurance will cover chiropractic care needed to slow the progress of OA.
Causes Of Osteoarthritis
While Osteoarthritis can result in any joint of the body, it is very commonly seen in spinal joints as the result of years of poor posture or a previous fall or car accident. Improper posture can result in joints bearing weight improperly, which increases the “wear and tear” rate. An old accident can result in increased speeds of OA around the injured joints if not rehabilitated properly during the healing process. This can even be the case in low speed accidents.
Long Term Problems Due To Untreated Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis can be managed. There is no treatment to reverse it. Since the cause is prolonged stiffness in the joints over time, increasing movement in the joints slows the condition. Osteoarthritis worsens over time when it is unmanaged.
Treatment For Osteoarthritis
Treatment for Osteoarthritis involves inducing small amounts of motion into the joints in question repetitively over time with chiropractic adjustments in order to slow the progression of the disease.