Arthritis and osteoarthritis
Are you serious, doctor? I don’t have arthritis or osteoarthritis?
Identifying the source of the problem
Often, we can identify the source of the problem by taking a close look at the patient’s case history (past and present).
The dictionary defines the word “source” as “any thing or place from which something comes, arises, or is obtained; origin.” This starting point or origin very often explains the pathological signs. To identify the source, we need to go back in time and, from a chiropractic point of view, conduct a thorough radiological examination. But we’ll come back to this point...
The difference between arthritis and osteoarthritis
Arthritis is caused by wear and tear on the cartilage (the cushions that protect the ends of the bones) between the joints. This wear and tear can lead to pain or anatomical deformities. The cartilage gradually begins to break down and erode to the point that the ends of the bones may become exposed and unprotected, rubbing against one another and becoming inflamed. In the case of osteoarthritis, the inflammation appears first, subsequently causing the cartilage to break down.
Still very little is known about what causes arthritis and osteoarthritis, although genetics, trauma, obesity and joint misalignment are suspected to be some of the causes.
The chiropractor’s role
By conducting a radiological examination, the chiropractor is able to diagnose arthritis or osteoarthritis. Chiropractic treatments can help to relieve the pain naturally, without drugs. Chiropractic treatments can not only halt the progression of the symptoms, but also prevent painful flare-ups by restoring joint mobility, and correcting bad postures that lead to poor alignment, stress and premature wear on the joints.
Dr. Robidoux Chiropractor weighs in
Arthritis and osteoarthritis are “catch-all” diagnoses for health professionals, who often misdiagnose these conditions.
While chiropractic treatments can provide enormous relief for this type of pain, it’s not uncommon for us to discover a completely different neuromusculoskeletal problem during the process.
Therefore, we need to make sure we’re making the correct diagnosis in order to relieve the patient’s pain and restore quality of life.