Osteoarthritis is one of the many conditions treated at OHP Kelowna chiropractic department. Let us gain better understanding about is prevalent yet very preventable condition that has afflicted many, young and old alike.

For decades, osteoarthritis has been widely considered to be a part of the human aging process. But recent studies reveal it does have to be an inevitable condition.

But while this piece of news may provide some relief for many, it is surprising to note that more and more people younger than 65 have developed osteoarthritis.

What Is Osteoarthritis?

osteoarthritisOsteoarthritis (OA) or otherwise referred to as a form of degenerative joint disease, affects millions of individuals but has been found to be more common in women than in men.

This condition affects the cartilage or the slippery tissue located on the ends of the bones that meet in a joint. Cartilage functions as a buffer, allowing bones to glide over one another smoothly and without pain. However, for people with osteoarthritis, the cartilage is broken down and over time, worn away.

For individuals with this condition, when bones rub against each other, it results to swelling, pain as well as loss of motion. While most of the patients with osteoarthritis are 65 years old and older, it has been found out that this condition is not a by-product of aging.

There are a number of risk factors that can contribute to the development of osteoarthritis such as family history, lack of exercise, overweight issues as well as priori injuries to the joint.

How Is Osteoarthritis Diagnosed?

Osteoarthritis is diagnosed through a combination of clinical history, patient examination, and x-rays. Other tests, such as drawing fluid from the joint, are sometimes used.

The signs of OA include:

  • Joint stiffness after sitting, sleeping, or otherwise not moving for a long time
  • Steady or intermittent joint pain
  • Swelling or tenderness in the joints
  • A crunching feeling or the sound of bones rubbing against each other

While the diagnosis is relatively easy to make, it is often harder to establish whether or not osteoarthritis causes the patient’s symptoms. That’s why the treating doctor needs to not only make the diagnosis, but also rule out other disorders and conditions that can make the symptoms worse. Timely diagnosis and treatment can help manage pain, improve function, and slow the degeneration.

How Can OHP Kelowna Chiropractors Help?

Doctors of chiropractic at OHP Kelowna, by the nature of their work, can detect the earliest degenerative changes in the joints. They are also well trained to see the impact of degenerative changes in the spine, as well as in the hips, knees, and other weight-bearing joints. In addition, OHP Kelowna chiropractors have the expertise and experience in relieving pain as well as improving joint function through a combination of natural therapies. This includes trigger point therapy, chiropractic manipulation as well as some massage techniques.

Doctors at OHP Kelowna chiropractic department can provide exercise counseling, helping you choose exercises that are best for you. If a sore or swollen joint prevents you from exercising, talk to your doctor of chiropractic about other drug-free pain-relief options, such as applying heat or cold to the affected area. In addition, your doctor of chiropractic can help you choose proper supplements that play important roles in osteoarthritis prevention and treatment.