Suffering From Osteoarthritis?
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 in Stuart 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.
How to treat arthritis? Chiropractic care is an effective all-natural treatment for chronic joint pain, stiffness, and swelling associated with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis in the hips, knees, lower back, shoulders, hands, and neck. After a thorough assessment, we will create a customized plan to address your arthritis pain and find the solution you need.
Come in for an arthritis assessment and discuss the multiple treatment options available to you with Dr. Wiedner. He cares and will do everything possible to help you. Call (772) 781-1101.
Understanding Osteoarthritis in Stuart FL
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 faster. As the cartilage degenerates, surrounding stabilizing and supporting structures such as ligaments, tendons, and muscles are overworked often times resulting pain. In the late stages of osteoarthritis, bones 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 Harbour Medical Centers 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 have 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.
Rheumatoid arthritis is often caused by infection or environmental factors. When your body produces antibodies to fight infections or diseases, your genetics might play a role in diminishing your cartilage as a result.
Post-traumatic arthritis might develop from fractures at joint surfaces and joint dislocations. Your body may secrete certain hormones following injury, which may cause cartilage cells to diminish.
Symptoms Associated with Osteoarthritis
Our doctors at Harbour Medical Centers 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:
- Varying degrees of joint pain that are worse with movement
- Pain with joint movement that is worse after rest
- Swelling and joint enlargement in the joints
As mentioned previously, the hips and knees are a common location for the development of osteoarthritis. Harbour Medical Centers has observed the following symptoms directly related to knee and hip osteoarthritis:
- Pain that travels from the hip to the groin
- Pain that travels down the thighs
- Aching or stabbing pain in the knees
- Pain in these joints that is worse with cold weather
- Pain in these joints during jogging or running
Types of Arthritis
Although the symptoms and pain you feel are unique to your body, there are four common types of arthritis that you might be suffering from.
- Osteoarthritis is also called degenerative joint disease and is the most common type of arthritis. With osteoarthritis, the cartilage starts to wear away over time. In extreme cases, the cartilage can completely wear away, leaving nothing to protect the bones in a joint. Bones may also bulge or stick out at the end of a joint.
- Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, causing the body's immune system to attack healthy joints, tissues, and organs. When severe, rheumatoid arthritis can deform or change a joint permanently.
- Post-traumatic arthritis develops following an injury to the hand, wrist, or elbow. This condition may develop years after trauma occurs, such as tendonitis, fractures, or ligament tears.
- Psoriatic arthritis occurs when psoriasis, a scaling skin disorder, affects the joints at the ends of the fingers and toes. Back pain may happen if the spine is impacted as well.
Osteoarthritis Treatments at Harbour Medical Centers
Our method of providing arthritis pain relief focuses on a natural approach, where we will work to maximize the function of arthritic joints and not just cover up your pain with medication. Surgery and medication will never be discussed as options because they only mask symptoms and don’t address the true cause of your pain. Once the underlying cause has been treated, you will finally find the relief you’ve been searching for.
No matter what type of arthritis you may have, you deserve a treatment program that’s customized for you. We offer free consultations and want to discuss your arthritis and goals with you so that you feel confident in moving forward with the form of arthritis pain relief that your body needs. Please contact Harbour Medical Centers to schedule an individualized consultation today. Our integrated medical team can help you get back on your feet.
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