Osteoarthritis

Chiropractic care for arthritis

Wear and tear of the articular cartilage

Osteoarthritis is a term used to decribe pain and inflammation within a joint. It can be located in knees, hips, ankles, elbows, wrists, hands, or within the small joints between each vertebra in your spine (facet joints).

In the UK alone, millions of people have arthritis, which presents in its most common forms as Osteoarthritis (OA) or Rheumathoid Arthritis (RA). Lots of them, visit a chiropractic care clinic. 

Osteoarthritis usually presents with pain, swelling, tenderness, and a typical “grinding” or “crackling” sound when moving the affected area. Sometimes it presents with loss of normal and physiological range of motion. It is a degenerative process, caused by articular cartilage wearing off.

Unfortunately, it is a one way street, but chiropractic can help drastically to slow down this process. Obviosuly, the sooner it is caught the better.

What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is a chronic condition characterized by the gradual degeneration of cartilage and the surrounding structures in the joints. As the cartilage wears away, the bones may begin to rub against each other, leading to pain, inflammation, and changes in joint shape. While OA can affect any joint in the body, it most commonly impacts weight-bearing joints such as the knees, hips, and spine, as well as the hands and fingers.

Symptoms of Osteoarthritis

The symptoms of osteoarthritis can vary from person to person and may develop gradually over time. Common signs and symptoms include:

Joint Pain: Pain is a hallmark symptom of OA, often described as a deep, aching pain in the affected joint. Pain may worsen with movement and improve with rest.

Stiffness: Affected joints may become stiff, especially after periods of inactivity or upon waking in the morning.

Limited Range of Motion: As OA progresses, joint stiffness may limit the range of motion, making it challenging to perform everyday tasks.

Swelling: Inflammation in the joint can lead to swelling, particularly after extended periods of activity.

Grating Sensation: Some people may experience a grating or cracking sensation in the affected joint when moving.

Where can osteoarthritis happen?

Osteoarthritis can affect various joints in the body, with some of the most commonly affected areas including:

Knees: OA of the knee is widespread, particularly in older individuals and those with a history of knee injuries.

Hips: Hip OA can cause pain and limited mobility, often leading to difficulties in walking and performing daily activities.

Spine: OA can affect the spine, leading to degenerative changes in the intervertebral discs and facet joints, which may result in back pain and reduced spinal flexibility.

Hands and Fingers: OA in the hands can cause joint pain, swelling, and the development of bony enlargements (Heberden’s and Bouchard’s nodes).

NHS and NICE Guidelines for Managing Osteoarthritis:

The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have established evidence-based guidelines for the management of osteoarthritis. These guidelines focus on a multimodal approach to improve symptoms and enhance quality of life. Some key recommendations include:

Weight Management: Maintaining a healthy weight is crucial for individuals with OA, as excess weight can put additional stress on weight-bearing joints.

Exercise: Regular, low-impact exercise, such as walking, swimming, and cycling, is encouraged to improve joint flexibility, strength, and function. Take a look here for more info on the importance of movement.

Pain Relief: Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), may be recommended to manage pain and inflammation.

Mobilisation: NICE guidelines suggest that individuals with OA should consider physical therapy or occupational therapy to receive tailored exercises and techniques to improve joint function.

Assistive Devices: The use of assistive devices, such as braces, orthotics, or walking aids, may help reduce joint strain and improve mobility.

Complementary Therapies: Certain complementary therapies, such as chiropractic care for arthritis, may be considered as an adjunct to conventional treatment to alleviate pain and improve well-being.

Common medications for osteoarthritis:

In addition to over-the-counter pain relievers and NSAIDs, other medications may be prescribed to manage osteoarthritis symptoms, including:

Topical Analgesics: Creams or gels containing capsaicin or menthol can be applied directly to the affected joint to provide localized pain relief.

Corticosteroid Injections: For individuals with severe joint pain and inflammation, corticosteroid injections may be administered directly into the joint to reduce inflammation and alleviate pain.

Hyaluronic Acid Injections: These injections, also known as viscosupplementation, can provide lubrication to the joint and reduce friction, easing pain and improving joint mobility.

Role of chiropractic care in managing osteoarthritis:

Chiropractic care focuses on the diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of musculoskeletal conditions, including osteoarthritis. While chiropractic cannot reverse the degenerative changes associated with OA, it can play a supportive role in managing symptoms and improving joint function. Chiropractors may use various techniques, such as spinal adjustments, mobilization, and soft tissue therapies, to alleviate joint stiffness, reduce pain, and enhance joint flexibility. Additionally, chiropractors can offer lifestyle advice, exercises, and ergonomic recommendations to support OA management and improve overall quality of life.

Osteoarthritis is a prevalent and chronic joint disease characterized by the degeneration of cartilage in the joints, leading to pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility. It commonly affects weight-bearing joints like the knees and hips, as well as the hands and fingers. The management of OA involves a multimodal approach, including weight management, exercise, pain relief, physical therapy, and assistive devices, according to the guidelines provided by the NHS and NICE. Complementary therapies like chiropractic care can also play a supportive role in managing symptoms and enhancing joint function for individuals with osteoarthritis. As with any medical condition, it is essential for individuals with OA to work closely with their healthcare professionals to develop a comprehensive and personalized treatment plan for effective symptom management and improved quality of life.

Here is a list of published research articles if you want to get more information about osteoarthritis:

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/?term=osteoarthritis

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Richard
Richard
12:52 03 May 24
Fantastic informative straightforward information looking forward to working with Edo
Linda Jukes
Linda Jukes
18:07 01 May 24
I have had back pain for many years and tried lots of different ways to ease it, with no success. From my first appointment at Alive Chiropractic Clinic, I could feel an improvement. I am so pleased with the results after a 12 week course. The clinic is superb and Edo is friendly and supportive. I will continue to visit the clinic and recommend to everyone!
Gary Rolls
Gary Rolls
19:48 24 Apr 24
I have been a patient of the Alive Chiropractor clinic for the last six weeks. Following a stroke in March 2022 I had been suffering with a walking imbalance and general lack of mobility. I would say that my improvement stands somewhere between 60-70% already. I would happily recommend the clinic to anyone that is suffering to book themselves an appointment.
Peter Waller
Peter Waller
11:29 15 Apr 24
After visiting Dr. Edoardo at the Alive chiropractic clinic, I booked a block booking of 12 sessions. From start to finish he made me feel very comfortable, and as each session went on i began to feel much better within myself.As well as the work he done with me in the clinic, he has taught me many different exercises to help me with the problems in which i suffer with, as well as explaining to me how my diet can also help me going forward.He has been a great help, and i shall continue to see him in the future so that he can help me maintain ( and improve) my well being.RegardsPeter
leonie macdonald
leonie macdonald
16:15 18 Mar 24
I was greeted by an interested and professional person. I was helped to deal with a recent trauma, not only with deep breathing techniques and compassion but also accurate chiropractic treatment. Every time I left my appointment I felt a profound sense of healing.
Emma Simmons
Emma Simmons
20:34 07 Jan 24
My experience from the very first consultation has been excellent! Edo is extremely knowledgeable and a great professional. His holistic outlook and advice brings benefits beyond his chiropractic adjustments, which is an added bonus! I would highly recommend his practice.
olly morency
olly morency
09:16 21 Nov 23
An excellent service; Edo helped me with corrections for my back, and advice on how to improve my health span with breath work and improved movement. Strong recommend!
Moira Priestley
Moira Priestley
20:18 15 Oct 23
I found the treatment I received very beneficial. My sciatica has eased a lot and I am sleeping much better. I would highly recommend Alive Chiropractic.
Ben Boughton-White
Ben Boughton-White
06:04 15 Oct 23
A fantastic chiropractic experience!Dr Edo provides a whole body approach to resolving chiropractic issues. His care plan to help solve your unique issues is fantastic, short and simple adjustments rather than long sessions of big adjustments has worked brilliantly for me. Communications are easy and booking ahead is brilliant for me and my schedule.I can’t recommend Alive highly enough!
Benny Clifford
Benny Clifford
15:53 25 Sep 23
Dr Edo has been a great help in getting me moving again, and he is a trustworthy pair of hands in his field of work. Top man!The reception is also very welcoming. I very much recommend this place!
Jane Bygraves
Jane Bygraves
12:30 14 Sep 23
I have a better range of movement and am moving more freely after a course of gentle, thorough treatment with Alive Chiropractic. My energy levels have improved.
Sarah Spadon
Sarah Spadon
18:48 10 Sep 23
I’ve been adjusted by Dr Edoardo for a number of years now, since I’ve been under care I’ve never had any problems but most importantly he helps me keep my nervous system healthy through maintenance care which allows me to be more in control in all of my day to day activities and keeps my mind healthy. His adjustments are gentle and precise and he is really kind and makes you feel at ease in any moment. Highly recommend!
Morgex
Morgex
11:05 10 Sep 23
This is my first experience with chiropractic ever, and it has been life changing! I have a slipped lumbar disc and I was in lots of pain and had very limited mobility. I saw Edo for a few appointments and not only did my back get better, it has stayed that way since! I am doing the exercises he prescribed and now I am only seeing him for maintenance and I feel better than ever, more relaxed and aware of my posture overall . He is a good listener, very informative, professional and communicative.
Isabella White
Isabella White
07:15 08 Sep 23
A wonderful experience so far with Dr Edo at his clinic in Poundbury. I have come away from my first six sessions feeling so much more aware and in tune with my body, and I have experienced noticeable changes in my body and mindset also.Dr Edo is professional, knowledge, and believes firmly in his work which he is clearly passionate about. I feel he has an empowering vision, cares deeply, and has a refreshing balance of western and eastern understanding. Because of this, Dr Edo has a deeper, holistic approach by taking into account all aspects of one's lifestyle (diet, exercise, mental/emotional state) in sessions. For someone like myself who values a holistic perspective on health, Dr Edo's approach is invaluable and helped me relax and feel at great ease. Sam in reception is lovely and you instantly feel welcomed when coming in for a session also. Thank you to you both. Highly recommend!
Chris Copeland
Chris Copeland
20:59 16 Aug 23
Dr. Edo has a very calm temperament and his knowledge aids in your own relaxation, which is a help when your own flexibility, mobility or posture are far from relaxed. Sam, the Chiropractic assistant, is the first person to greet you when you arrive and will explain the fundamentals of the practice. The practice is clean, modern and has ample road side parking. The whole experience has been a success and I am now able to move without pain, the new mobility gained will enable me to get on with life and have new experiences and adventures, for this I thank you.
Sonya Hendry
Sonya Hendry
18:21 16 Aug 23
I have been coming to see Ed at Alive Chiropractic since opening. Visiting regularly is enabling me to have a more comfortable and mobile life. The ambiance and warm welcome, along with total professionalism means so much.
Alison Michele Williams
Alison Michele Williams
20:49 30 Jul 23
A great, professional, friendly service. A whole rounded approach to better well being and healthy body.Thank you!
Tessa Aindow
Tessa Aindow
16:58 13 Jul 23
Brilliant experience. My back has improved so much and I don’t have the same aches and pains. Dr Edo is very professional and gives great advice and exercises to help alongside the adjustments at the clinic.
Malwina T
Malwina T
15:56 19 Jun 23
Great and unique treatment. Eased the lower back pain significantly! Changed my outlook on chiropractic treatments and self care. Highly recommend!!!
jill cheng
jill cheng
09:17 16 Jun 23
I visited the clinic after suffering with low back pain for nearly ten years. The chiropractor helped me regain functionality and quality of life. More importantly, he helped me understand and connect some aspects of my life to my body and how it works, strongly recommended 👍🏻
Chirosofia
Chirosofia
20:41 14 Jun 23
I have known Edoardo since day one at Chiropractic College, and I have witnessed his growing passion for this profession. His long time experience as a Yoga Instructor, combined to his deep knowledge into the Chiropractic art, science and philosophy, will make your journey towards healthy-living a very pleasant experience. Book that appointment and enjoy feeling better!
Paul Ansell
Paul Ansell
12:33 08 Feb 23
All my life I’ve had bad posture and bad back I’ve been to doctors specialists and always same outcome I’ve got to live with it. At the age of 58 I went to this practice and he has done wonders this is the best I have ever been since I can remember. Highly recommend
Zoe Ratcliffe
Zoe Ratcliffe
17:05 30 Jan 23
I attended Alive chiropractor after seeing a special offer they were offering and suffering from a bad back for a long time it felt like a good idea to go see what they said. Since this I have been attending twice a week and the improvements are happening. Edo is very knowledgeable and really wants the best for you he doesn't just care about the back or other pains you may be having but also acknowledges the impact these things can have on you emotionally and personally. I can't recommend this service enough.
Michelle Lambell
Michelle Lambell
21:55 24 Jan 23
Regular sessions with Dr Edo at Alive Chiropractic have made such a big difference to my posture, my way of working at my desk and taught me how to manage my breathing, all of which have led to a big shift in my mindset towards looking after myself and my body.I will happily recommend Alive Chiropractic to my friends.
Paul Nicol
Paul Nicol
08:22 30 Sep 22
I have just finished initial treatment for my back problem. Appointments with the NHS in the past have never resulted in a diagnosis let alone treatment. However at Alive I received a diagnosis and treatment plan on the initial consultation. This set out exactly how I was going to be treated and cost. Following the treatment I could not be healthier or happier. An exceptionally professional service in which Dr Edoardo Elisei seems passionate about what he does. It is more than just a hands on treatment on his 'couch', but a full lifestyle treatment ensuring exercises and diet are in balance to assist recovery and as a preventative for the future. I would be happy to recommend to anyone.
claudia marcela lopez gallardo
claudia marcela lopez gallardo
08:05 30 Jul 22
Edo is a great professional, very friendly and knowledgeable. He corrected my posture in only few months, he said this was going to happen and I couldn't believe it, it was so fast and happened, the changes not only I could feel them but also you can see them. He did the adjustments with a lot of care, with a lot of patience he took the time to give the advices and exercises that I could benefit my posture in the future. I totally recommend him.
TheLizwalker
TheLizwalker
10:18 18 Jul 22
When I first met Dr Ed I had problems bending, and worst of all I could hardly move my neck. I was a total painful wreck.Ed takes a very holistic approach, encouraging me to lose weight and work on different rehab exercises to reinforce the manipulations and adjustments he made.Here I am some three months on, I weigh a lot less, I have incredible flexibility in my lower back and can now touch my toes and, best of all. I have full flexibility of my neck.Eds holistic approach really works, he is very approachable and easy to chat about things with.One caveat, Ed knows when you haven't done your exercises so don't cheat. :)I cannot thank him enough for the massive improvements in my health and his encouraging me to make little changes for a healthier long term lifestyle.
Elaine Daniel
Elaine Daniel
13:05 07 Jul 22
I saw Edo in March and he was so informative regarding my spinal issues. I have had many treatments from him over the past few months and feel so much better and have more movement and less pain. He provides exercises for clients to help with strengthening muscles which is all part and parcel of chiropractic healing. I would recommend going to see him anytime.
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