Understanding Osteoarthritis: How Chiropractic Care Can Help

May 23, 2024

Asian senior man suffering from osteoarthritis.
Understanding Osteoarthritis: How Chiropractic Care Can Help

WellnessOsteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most common chronic joint conditions, affecting millions of people worldwide. It’s a degenerative joint disease that causes the cartilage cushioning the ends of bones to gradually wear away, leading to pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility. At Broadway Chiropractic and Care, we understand the impact osteoarthritis can have on your quality of life. Our team is dedicated to providing comprehensive care to help manage your symptoms and improve your overall well-being.

What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is often referred to as the “wear and tear” arthritis because it typically develops over time as the cartilage in the joints breaks down. While it can affect any joint, it most commonly occurs in the knees, hips, hands, and spine. The symptoms of osteoarthritis can vary from mild to severe and may include:

  • Joint Pain: Often worsens with activity and improves with rest.
  • Stiffness: Especially noticeable upon waking up or after periods of inactivity.
  • Swelling: Caused by inflammation in the joint.
  • Reduced Range of Motion: Difficulty moving the joint as freely as before.
  • Grating Sensation: A feeling of bones rubbing against each other.

Risk Factors for Osteoarthritis

Several factors can increase the risk of developing osteoarthritis, including:

  • Age: The risk increases with age as cartilage naturally wears down over time.
  • Genetics: A family history of osteoarthritis can predispose individuals to the condition.
  • Gender: Women are more likely than men to develop osteoarthritis, especially after age 50.
  • Obesity: Excess weight puts additional stress on weight-bearing joints, such as the knees and hips.
  • Joint Injuries: Previous injuries can increase the likelihood of developing osteoarthritis.
  • Repetitive Stress: Jobs or activities that involve repetitive movements can contribute to joint wear and tear.

How Chiropractic Care Can Help

At Broadway Chiropractic and Care, we offer a range of services designed to manage the symptoms of osteoarthritis and improve joint function. Our approach is holistic, focusing on non-invasive treatments that address the root cause of your pain. Here’s how we can help:

Chiropractic Adjustments

Chiropractic adjustments can help improve joint alignment and mobility. By carefully manipulating the affected joints, we can reduce pain and stiffness, enhance your range of motion, and slow the progression of osteoarthritis. These adjustments also help to alleviate the pressure on surrounding muscles and tissues, providing relief from discomfort.

Physical Therapy

Our physical therapy programs are tailored to your specific needs and condition. Therapeutic exercises can strengthen the muscles around your joints, providing better support and reducing stress on the affected areas. Additionally, stretching exercises can improve flexibility and decrease stiffness, making daily activities easier and less painful.

Lifestyle and Nutritional Counseling

Lifestyle and dietary habits play a significant role in managing osteoarthritis. Our team at Broadway Chiropractic and Care will work with you to develop a personalized plan that includes weight management, anti-inflammatory diet recommendations, and ergonomic advice to protect your joints during daily activities.

Pain Management Techniques

We offer a variety of non-invasive pain management techniques, including cold and heat therapy, ultrasound therapy, and electrical stimulation. These methods can help reduce inflammation, relieve pain, and promote healing in the affected joints.

Patient Education

Understanding your condition is crucial to managing it effectively. We provide comprehensive education about osteoarthritis, its progression, and how to manage symptoms at home. Our goal is to empower you with the knowledge and tools you need to take control of your health.

Why Choose Broadway Chiropractic and Wellness?

At Broadway Chiropractic and Wellness, we are committed to providing compassionate, patient-centered care. Our experienced team takes the time to understand your unique needs and develop a treatment plan tailored to you. We believe in a multidisciplinary approach, collaborating with other healthcare professionals as needed to ensure you receive the best possible care.

Our clinic offers a welcoming and supportive environment where you can feel comfortable discussing your concerns and goals. Whether you’re seeking relief from osteoarthritis pain or looking to improve your overall joint health, we’re here to help you every step of the way.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

Don’t let osteoarthritis hold you back from living a fulfilling life. Contact Broadway Chiropractic and Wellness today to schedule an appointment and take the first step towards better joint health and improved quality of life. Our team is here to support you on your journey to wellness.

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