Arthritis is inflammation in the joints. There are many forms of arthritis, but the most common are:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
These 3 types account for 95% of all cases in Australia
Osteoarthritis is a condition that involves the cartilage in certain joints of your body wearing down. Cartilage covers the ends of bones to act as a protective coating. When the cartilage wears down, it can cause inflammation, pain and stiffness in the joints. This is usually what people are referring to when they say they have arthritis.
The most commonly affected areas of the body are the hips, knees, feet, hands and back (spine). It can be caused byan injury, overuse or it can just occur as part of the ageing process. Osteoarthritis can’t be cured, but often it can be managed effectively, and you can get relief from your pain!
An Osteopath can help diagnose whether your symptoms might be caused by a form of arthritis or something completely different. We also refer patients for medical imaging or testing if this is required.
Osteopathic treatment can help by improving the body’s mechanics and reducing tension and pressure in the joints.
Other ways to help reduce the symptoms include weight loss, exercise and supplements.
Call and see what difference an Osteopath can make for your pain today.