Arthritis of the joints due to cartilage wear, otherwise known as osteoarthritis (OA), is a health issue that tends to affect people in their fifth decade of life or beyond. While some joint wear is normal with aging and activity, too much or uneven degeneration can lead to changes in your ability to participate in normal daily activities.
OA often initially presents as pain and stiffness in the affected joint. As it progresses, it starts to affect quality of life as pain increases and function of the joint decreases. This makes it feel difficult to move and exercise like you normally would and can leave you feeling frustrated. Fortunately, having an understanding of proper form and joint alignment can help you manage or even prevent onset of arthritis and the resulting symptoms.
Causes of Osteoarthritis
Common sites of OA include the spine, knees, hips, shoulders, and fingers due to the high level of impact and repetitive use they sustain over a lifetime. Here are some of the factors that put you at a higher risk for OA:
- Repetitive motions
- Previous musculoskeletal injury
- Poor movement patterns (i.e. limping or bad posture)
- Chronic metabolic disease (like heart disease, obesity, Diabetes)
- Sedentary lifestyle or being overweight
Medical care for OA
Unfortunately, once OA is diagnosed the most common treatments in the U.S. involve pain management rather than getting to the underlying cause of the problem. Often, pain medications or injections are administered until symptoms become too severe. Then, a highly invasive total joint replacement will be recommended.
Luckily, there are a few options that can help address some of the bigger issues with your body’s alignment and joint health. These include treatment options like chiropractic care and physical therapy. Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) is a high-quality, intensely researched approach that can help you possibly prevent, better manage, and slow progression of OA by addressing spine alignment.
Spine alignment and OA
For optimal joint health, good full body alignment is crucial. This alignment all starts in the spine, the base from which all movement and function originates. When there is spinal misalignment resulting in blocked nerve flow, it quickly affects coordination and the ability for the nervous system to properly sequence movement patterns.
It often takes a professional assessment (and trained eye) from a specialist like a CBP practitioner to understand what spine alignment issues may be causing dysfunction in your body. They can work with you to create a personalized in-depth non-invasive program that will address health issues like OA at their core. Once alignment has been restored, joint health should be significantly easier to manage.
The team of elite CBP care providers at Advanced Spine and Posture in Las Vegas, NV can help you address our joint health needs. Chat with them today to see what options are best for you to get started managing, or even preventing, OA sustainably.