WHAT IS ARTHRITIS AND WHAT CAUSES IT?
Arthritis literally means “inflammation within the joint itself” and it is a condition associated with pain in one or more joints of the body. Joints feel stiff and sore and it can be extremely uncomfortable.
TYPES OF ARTHRITIS
There are many type of arthritis, the most common of which is osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a relatively common musculoskeletal disorder, with a high prevalence that increases with age.
It is a degenerative joint disease marked by degeneration of the articular cartilage, hypertrophy at the bone margins and changes in the synovial membrane.
It is generally known as “wear and tear” of the joints. It commonly affects the knees, hips and low back. However, not all pain is due to arthritis. Pain experienced in joint or joints may simply be the product of localized inflammation or damage to the associated soft tissues as a result of sporting injury or minor trauma of any nature.
Other less common type of arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition and therefore not specifically related to “wear and tear”.
HOW CAN OSTEOPATHY HELP?
To date, there is no cure for osteoarthritis, so the principles of management are to control pain, improve function and reduce disability (Job, 2017). Although, osteopathy cannot reverse the arthritis, our wide range of effective articulatory and soft tissues techniques, life style advice and exercise prescription can help reduce the pain and stiffness experienced in the joints. This in some ways, will help break the vicious circle of disability linked to osteoarthritis and slow down the degenerative process.
COMMON ARTHRITIC CONDITIONS
Common arthritic conditions patient seek help for at JOB EFFECTIVE HEALTH for:
Hip, Knee and Low Back Osteoarthritis
Hip and Knee Injuries
Muscular and Ligament Strains
Labral and Meniscal Tears
YOUR FIRST VISIT
During your first appointment we will assess you to determine if osteopathy is suitable for you and determine which condition you might be suffering from. We will also discuss the best treatment approach for you and indicate how much treatment you might need.
If you think you are suffering from any of the above conditions or anything related to the health of your Hips, Knees or Low Back, please contact JOB EFFECTIVE HEALTH for advice and to book your appointment. At JEH OSTEOPATHY, We are here, Helping You Get Back to Doing Things You Enjoy The Most, Pain Free.