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What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is a broad term which means ‘inflammation of a joint’. Despite the term, by definition, involving inflammation the common type of arthritis, degenerative joint disease (a.k.a osteoarthritis) is not necessarily associated with inflammation.

Osteoarthritis is a ‘wear and tear’ type of joint problem which occurs after years of mechanical force through a joint. It typically begins after the age of 40 although can begin earlier if a joint has undergone significant trauma in the past.

The basic process of osteoarthritis involves the deterioration of joint cartilage. As the cartilage in the joint breaks down it becomes less stable. Our bodies attempt to compensate for this by growing bone spurs and stiffening the joints.

Some of the symptoms of osteoarthritis are reduced joint mobility, stiffness and pain. You may also hear clicking and grinding in the joints, this is known a ‘crepitus’. If the joint begins to lock it may be due to fragmented cartilage or bone.

It is impossible to reverse the process of osteoarthritis although there are ways to improve the functioning of your body and joints. Manipulation and mobilization are just 2 examples of how Chiropractors may help restore joint movement and help minimize osteoarthritis’ effect on your body. For more information or to book a consult, you can contact Lakeside Chiropractic on 9300 0095 or book online.

October 15, 2014