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Arthritis

Signs and Symptoms of
Osteoarthritis (OA)

Do you wake up in the morning stooped, sore and stiff in the mornings? While driving, do you find it harder to see the blind spots because your neck wont turn? Are your hands starting to look like your grandmothers or grandfathers? You may be showing signs of OA. Symptoms of OA include achy, stiff joints followed by clicking or grinding. Symptoms are worse after periods of rest like getting out of a chair or bed. In advanced cases of OA, bone on bone contact can cause sharp pain with activity. Common areas affected by OA are back, neck, hips, knees, hands and shoulders.

What is Osteoarthritis? 
The word “Arthritis” has two meanings “arthri” which means joint, and “itis” which means inflammation. Simply put, arthritis is any condition where you have inflammation within a joint. There are many types of arthritis. Osteoarthritis, is the most common. Osteoarthritis develops from a gradual wearing down of the cartilage “padding” between your joints. When bone contacts bone, pain and inflammation develops. Everyone develops some form of OA as they age however, risk factors that can accelerate this condition are traumatic injuries, repetitive work activities, diet, obesity, smoking and family history.

 
 
The Four Phased Approach to Your Care

EXAMINATION: At LRC, we will get to know you and how and when your pain started. We will perform a detailed exam of your muscles, joints, nerves, and posture. Our exam will help us determine the safest most effective approach to care.

ADJUSTMENTS: Chiropractic adjustments are highly skilled manual treatments that safely and comfortably restore natural movement and positioning of your joints. Our office utilizes both gentle hands on and instrument assisted adjusting techniques.

EXERCISES: Exercises are unique to your specific condition and comfort level. Our modernized equipment accelerates muscle stretch and strength. We also prescribe at home exercises as a practical and easy way to improve your condition.

SUPPLEMENTS: Research has shown that fish oil high in EPA can reduce arthritic inflamation as good as prescription NSAIds. In addition, glucosamine sulfate can help hydrate joints providing more fluid and cushion between joints.
 
Disclaimer: The following general information is provided to assist the reader in developing an awareness of of the many conditions treated by Chiropractors, and of procedures employed in treatment. It is not intended as a substitute for the reader’s consultation with their appropriate primary caregiver, and for an evelauation and recommendation following a comprehensive examination at Lakes Region Chiropractic. ~James Pamplin, DC (Lakes Region Chiropractic)