Osteoarthritis, known as wear and tear, is a joint disorder in which cartilage quality deteriorates. It is part of a normal aging process and therefore occurs in everyone to a greater or lesser extent. Like many other people diagnosed with osteoarthritis, you may think you can do nothing about it. Fortunately, this is only partially true. Although the wear and tear process cannot be reversed, chiropractic treatment can often reduce pain and stiffness.
Complaints resulting from osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis most commonly occurs in the back, knee, or hip. The most common symptom of osteoarthritis is stiffness, especially in the morning. Often this stiffness is accompanied by pain, making it difficult for you to move.
Examination of the cause
During the first consultation, the chiropractor will first have a conversation with you to get a good picture of the complaint(s) you are experiencing. This often already gives a good idea of the possible causes of the complaint.
Your chiropractor will then do a comprehensive movement examination to identify your limitations. In addition, specific chiropractic, orthopedic, and neurological tests are done if necessary. Sometimes additional examination is needed, such as an X-ray. The chiropractor refers you to the family doctor for this and, if necessary, consults with the family doctor whether additional research is necessary.
The treatment of osteoarthritis aims to restore the normal function of the joint and surrounding joints as much as possible. The stiffness decreases. You can move better, and the pain will decrease.
What can you do yourself?
In addition to treatment, there are several things you can do yourself. One of the most important remedies for osteoarthritis is moving sensibly. Exercise helps to produce "oil" in the joint, keeping the joint lubricated. Just remember to move appropriately; overexertion can make the complaint worse. Discuss with your chiropractor at all times how best to handle this.
When diagnosed with osteoarthritis, the chiropractor can do a lot for you. Do not wait unnecessarily: your stiffness may decrease, causing less pain and allowing you to move freely again.