Arthritis is the name given to a group of conditions involving damage to the joints of the body. It is the leading cause of disability in people older than fifty-five years. Arthritis can affect any joint of the body, including those of the spine. There are different forms of arthritis; each has a different cause. The most common form, osteoarthritis, is basically the result of wear and tear on the joint, often referred to as "joint degeneration". Other examples of well known arthridities are rheumatoid arthritis and gout.
While pain is often present in advanced arthritis, it is often absent during its development or earlier stages. Studies have shown that osteoarthritis advanced enough to be visible on x-rays is present in 10% of 10 to 24 year-olds! The absence of pain does not mean that there is no arthritis.
Numerous studies and scientific articles by world leaders in biomechanics have shown that proper movement between vertebrae is essential for joint and disc nutrition. Lack of proper alignment and motion in the spine or any other joint results in osteoarthritis. It has even been shown that the lack of motion caused by a subluxation of the spine will cause arthritic damage within one week, even in the absence of symptoms! Because chiropractic adjustments restore symmetry, range of motion and movement in the spine and other joints, it can stop or slow down the process of degeneration. A study by Dr. O.J. Ressel even showed reversal of osteoarthritis with proper chiropractic care!
But what about the pain of arthritis? Although prevention is best, it is most often the pain than motivates a patient to seek help. How successful is chiropractic in providing relief? A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in 1999 has found that seventy-three percent of patients who had tried chiropractic care found it to be helpful. The study also found that 63% of people who visited a rheumatologist for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia conditions also sought some form of "complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)", chiropractic being the most popular. It was also refreshing to see that 71% of the rheumatologists said it was OK for their patients to use CAM.
Whether you would like to prevent future problems of arthritis or find relief from it, having a chiropractor on your health care team is a great idea!
Helen Plesko came to our office in May 2006 with headaches, dizziness, low energy, back pain, hypertension, and a sore foot. She had decided to do something about all that. At 51, she was worried that her life quality would just continue...read more...
When Marg started coming to our clinic a year ago she had a pretty grim outlook on the future. The quality of her life was decreasing year after year, she was increasingly forgetful, her sleep was getting worse, and she was plagued with...read more...
Helen Plesko came to our office in May 2006 with headaches, dizziness, low energy, back pain, hypertension, and a sore foot. She had decided to do something about all that. At 51, she was worried that her life quality would just continue declining with time, as it did for her mother. Helen followed an intensive chiropractic schedule to make deep changes in the way her nervous system worked. She experienced gradual improvement and now, one year later, she is totally energized! Her headaches are gone as are the back pain and sore foot. In combination with a body cleanse, her blood pressure is now within normal limits. But the most exciting change is probably the amazing increase in energy that she has experienced. She has so much energy that she now goes to the gym on a regular basis and even practices body combat! Wow! Thank you, Helen, and congratulations on your commitment to your health!
When Marg started coming to our clinic a year ago she had a pretty grim outlook on the future. The quality of her life was decreasing year after year, she was increasingly forgetful, her sleep was getting worse, and she was plagued with more and more arthritic pains. What was bothering her the most however, was her lack of energy and motivation. All these changes made her think she was headed for the same life her mom had, who finally ended up in constant pain and with Alzheimer's disease. The chiropractic care she has received gave her more energy than she thought was possible, she is now motivated to tackle any task sent her way, and she has even started a new job!
Congratulations! Her pain level has decreased significantly and her memory is much better. Thank you Marg for letting us participate in making your life better!