How are your knees these days?
Your knees are major weight-bearing joints. Osteoarthritis primarily affects weight-bearing joints. Osteoarthritis is wear and tear affecting the cartilage and bone. Causes include uneven weight bearing from uneven collapsed foot arches, misaligned pelvic joints, spinal distortion, overweight, injury from sport or work, trauma to name a few.
Osteoarthritis is not always inflammatory as the name implies. This only occurs in about 10% of cases. In general, it creates stiffness and aching, painful muscles, reduced range of motion and reduced quality of life. During inflammatory phases, your knee will swell and this places even more stress and tension on the joint.
Osteoarthritis is irreversible…mainly. This means there is a point you may need surgery. Prior to reaching this point, however, there is a lot you can do. Bone cells can regenerate causing the bone to potentially remodel. Blood and nerve supply can be improved. Muscles can be strengthened. Ligaments toughened. This may give you 10-20% improvement which is a lot if you are struggling to walk.
Dr. Andrew Arnold talks about Chiropractic as a whole body approach, from your feet to the head.
We work on adjusting and mobilizing the bones in the foot and ankle; in some cases, we recommend spinal-pelvic-foot levelers to help align the knee and pelvis and take the pressure off the knee joint. The spine is aligned. Exercises are prescribed. Nutritional supplements and diet changes help manage the inflammatory phases and strengthen the cartilage.
In my experience Chiropractic can help in many cases and may put off or avoid medical intervention.
There are various tests which can help determine the diagnosis, diagnostic ultrasound, Xray, CT, MRI etc. Your Chiropractor will work with your GP to arrange the necessary testing.
So don’t leave it a moment longer. Call Cranbourne Family Chiropractic and Wellness Centre on 59984554 and book a time to see our Chiropractors. We can help.
About the Author:
Dr. Andrew Arnold is a Chiropractor at Cranbourne Family Chiropractic and Wellness Ctr.