Are you confused about osteoarthritis and what it actually is?
Are you unsure if Chiropractic can help and if so, how and to what extent?
Are you unsure if in fact, you have Osteoarthritis?
Hi, my name is Dr. Andrew Arnold, Chiropractor and in this article, I would like to explore a few myths, hope that’s OK?
- Arthritis refers to inflammation of joints, i.e. …itis = inflammation. Osteoarthritis rarely involves inflammation, in fact, this usually only occurs in about 10% of cases, so for the main part, this is a misrepresentation.
- Joint conditions fall into 2 categories: Inflammatory and non-inflammatory. Collectively they are known as ‘Arthritides’. Inflammatory arthritides overlap with another group of conditions called ‘auto-immune’. These include Rheumatoid, Psoriatic, Juvenile arthritis’s and other conditions such as Lupus or S.L.E. Non-inflammatory is the 90% of Osteoarthritic conditions, excluding the 10% that can become inflamed. Hope that clears that up.
- It is impossible to accurately diagnose Osteoarthritic degeneration without investigation, i.e. plain film x-ray and/or C.T. scan. In our practice, I recommend every patient has a full spine x-ray with obvious exceptions like pregnancy, age or cancer etc.
- Chiropractic manual manipulation or self-manipulation causes osteoarthritic degeneration. The manipulation itself does not directly cause arthritic change, however, if a joint is poorly manipulated or over-manipulated this may indirectly lead to arthritic change due to increased laxity of the ligaments and other tissues supporting the joint.
- Chiropractic can help osteoarthritic change. Absolutely. Correctly timed, and performed manipulations can reduce the biomechanical load to the spine and extremity joints reducing the acceleration of change. In our practice, we recommend combining this with professional exercise advice, posture aids, nutrition and supplement advice and sometimes, spine-pelvic foot stabilizers.
- Osteoarthritis affects old age only. Wrong. Any abnormal biomechanic load bearing will eventually cause change, so we may see this in a young adult for example, and not in an older person.
- My GP can help? Musculoskeletal medicine is not a primary focus of the GP as far as training goes. Your Chiropractor, Physiotherapist or Osteopath are the best practitioners to consult.
- My spine is too far gone, there’s nothing we can do! Wrong, there is always something you can do. It’s all about quality of life. I strongly recommend you talk to your Chiropractor and find out your options.
For more information please visit us at www.cranbournefamilychiro.com.au or call 59984554. We’d love to discuss this with you further.
About the Author:
Dr. Andrew Arnold is the Principal Chiropractor and owner, Cranbourne Family Chiropractic and Wellness Centre, married to Dr. Linda Wilson, the Stress Specialist and has two children, Isaac and Bella. He lives in Melbourne, Australia.