What is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is the joint disease usually occurring when the protective cartilage on the end of your bones wears down overtime. This cartilage is a firm and slippery tissue that allows almost completely smooth joint function. However, for patients suffering with osteoarthritis, the nice and slippery surface of the cartilage becomes bumpy and unsmooth. Eventually, with no cartilage left, painful bone on bone friction is the end result. This disease can damage any part of the body, however it most commonly affects the joints in the hands, knees, hips and spine. In fact, many people suffering from Osteoarthritis describe extreme and chronic shooting pain and stiffness in the knee and hip joints. They often suffer from tenderness, swelling, stiffness or crackling of the joints. Patients suffering from Osteoarthritis usually begin to feel pain in the knees which slowly leads to the hips and also suffer joint deformity or bony growths in the fingers and toes. Symptoms of Osteoarthritis are peaked during cold weather or when patients choose to engage in physical activities.
How does chiropractic help Osteoarthritis pain in the knees and hips?
Unfortunately, Osteoarthritis is likely to worsen over time because no cure currently exists. However, there are treatment options to help reduce the painful symptoms associated with osteoarthritis. Visiting Dr. Michael Joseph at Neck, Back, Arm, Leg and Headache Pain Relief Clinic of Marin is the first step to pain relief. Our San Rafael chiropractors are very skilled in helping patients suffering with the painful symptoms of Osteoarthritis. Chiropractic treatments such as suggested stretching techniques, massage of certain key point areas on the body, ultrasound healing techniques and gentle chiropractic manipulations and adjustments can help painful joints and reduce unwanted and unwarranted stress on the knee, groin, and thigh area.
It’s safe to say visiting your Neck, Back, Arm, Leg and Headache Pain Relief Clinic of Marin is the best holistic health approach to pain relief in the knee and hip caused by Osteoarthritis. Call (415) 223-9060 today to begin the healing process.