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Do you suffer from osteoarthritis in Dublin, CA? Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition and while it can occur in anyone, it has been found to affect about 50% of people over the age of 65. With so many people suffering from this condition, it has put an economic strain on our health care system costing over $10,000,000 per year. In addition to the massive amount of money spent on osteoarthritis, the disease has been cited as the number one cause of disability in older adults.
As mentioned above, osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that typically results from excessive wear and tear on certain joints. The degeneration associated with this disease primarily affects the cartilage that covers the bones in the joints throughout our bodies. Osteoarthritis decreases the cartilages ability to absorb stress causing it to degenerate quicker. As the cartilage degenerates, surrounding stabilizing and supporting structures such as ligaments, tendons, and muscles is overworked resulting in the development of pain. In the late stages of osteoarthritis, bone may even began to push against each other causing more pain and degeneration. While this disease process can sound frightening and unavoidable, it is important to understand that you can prevent its development and Widenbaum Chiropractic has the most up-to-date treatment and preventive measures available.
Osteoarthritis has a predisposition to effect joints that are commonly overworked and overused. These are typically weight bearing joints in the body that sustained repeated amounts of heavy stress. Therefore, the knees, hips, neck, lower back, big toes, and hands are most commonly affected. However, it should be understood that osteoarthritis can affect any joint in the body. Joints that have had serious trauma or repeated micro-stress due to repetitive labor and movement are more prone to the development of osteoarthritis.
Our chiropractors at Widenbaum Chiropractic have observed a wide range of symptoms in their patients with osteoarthritis, but some have been more common than others. Commonly observed symptoms have included:
As mentioned previously, the hips and knees are a common location for the development of osteoarthritis. Widenbaum Chiropractic has observed the following symptoms directly related to knee and hip osteoarthritis:
The primary focus of care at Widenbaum Chiropractic in Dublin, CA will be to restore the normal alignment of joints throughout the body. It has been demonstrated through animal and human studies that bones that are not in their proper positions are more likely to degenerate quicker and therefore are more prone to the development of osteoarthritis. Since our office looks at all aspects of health, our treatment programs will include various forms of physical therapy, nutritional, and supplemental advice. These forms have treatment have been shown in various studies to prevent and slow the development of osteoarthritis. While osteoarthritis is not necessarily curable, chiropractic care has been a found to be a very effective means of preventing its development and decreasing its symptoms. Therefore, if you fear that you have developed osteoarthritis or are concerned about its development, please contact us at 925.829.8484 to schedule an individualized consultation today.