Osteoartrhitis is a chronic inflammatory disease arising from a gradual loss of cartilage in the joints. Unlike acute diseases, Altamonte Springs osteoarthritis creeps up on a person. Osteoarthritis is generally seen on the knees, hip and joints of the hand. Osteoarthritis is frequently seen in about 50% of people over 55 years old. It can occur in any of the joints in the body. Osteoarthritis can be classified into two major categories:
1. Primary osteoarthritis – an outcome of continuous and excessive strain on the affected part or a familial tendency to the disease
2. Secondary osteoarthritis – comes from a previous trauma to the affected body part.
Osteoarthritis in FL is manifested by these common signs and symptoms:
1. Pain – is what usually brings the patient to look for treatment
2. Stiffness – is often felt in the mornings
3. Swelling – goes hand in hand with continual inflammation
4. Crepitus – a clicking sound from swollen synovia grinding against one another and the cartilage has eroded
Osteoarthritis can be alleviated by the following non-pharmacologic measures at Chiropractic Pain Medicine and Weight Loss Center:
1. Reducing weight – helps in the treatment of osteoarthritis by decreasing the stress placed on the joints
2. Exercise – for strong muscles and growth of cartilage
3. Diet – rich in Glucosamine sulfate, Chondroitin sulfate, vitamins C and D, and calcium
4. Heat – the right amount of heat may allay the signs and symptoms of stiffness and pain
To arrive at a correct diagnosis and the extent of your osteoarthritis, your Chiropractor, Dr Kenneth Ross DC, will perform a detailed history and examination, and include orthopaedic and neurological testing as well as radiographic studies. Then they will design a management and treatment plan custom made to suit your specific case.