What is Osteoarthritis?
According to the Arthritis Society of Canada, Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting more than 3 million Canadians. The condition is defined as the body’s failed attempt to repair damaged join tissue. It can occur as the result of the aging process, or be developed due to abnormal join stresses or injury. The condition leads to the breakdown of cartilage and the underlying bone.
Symptoms of Osteoarthritis:
Osteoarthritis symptoms include pain, stiffness, swelling, and bone-on-bone reduction in range of movement in the affected joints.
Who’s at Risk for Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis affects 1 in 10 Canadians and is more prevalent in women than in men. Age, family history, excess weight, and joint injury increase a person’s chances of developing Osteoarthritis. Individuals whose occupations put abnormal, repetitive stress on joints (such as construction workers, heavy machinery operators and elite athletes) are also at an increased risk.
When completing stressful or heavy tasks, position your joints thoughtfully, to promote alignment and to decrease join stress.
Chiropractic therapy can help to increase range of motion and ease joint stiffness. Ask Dr. Strong to discuss treatment options available to you to bring the most relief from your osteoarthritis pain.