Osteoarthritis Care with our Beverly Hills Chiropractor
Osteoarthritis is a progressive degenerative joint disease. Although osteoarthritis can damage any of the joints in your body, it generally affects the joints in your knees, hands, spine, and hips. Osteoarthritis occurs when the protective cartilage at the ends of your bones wear down over time. Although there isn’t a cure for osteoarthritis, with the appropriate treatment from our physicians, weight loss specialists, and chiropractic care in Beverly Hills, there are preventative measures you can take to reduce the significance of the symptoms after being diagnosed.
Signs and Symptoms
The symptoms of osteoarthritis generally develop slowly and worsen over time. Some of the signs and symptoms may include:
- Joint pain, especially after movement
- Loss of flexibility
- Tenderness in the joints when applying light pressure
- Stiffness in the mornings or after being inactive (sitting)
- Grating/cracking noise when using the joint
- Bone spurs
- In advanced cases of osteoarthritis, especially in hips and knees, you may have difficulty and pain walking
If you have stiffness and/or joint pain that doesn’t go away, you should make an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible.
Causes & Risk Factors
Osteoarthritis occurs when the cushioning cartilage at the ends of bones deteriorates, eventually leading to bone rubbing on bone. Certain factors may increase the risk of osteoarthritis, including:
- Older age
- Joint injuries
- Bone deformities
- Certain occupations
Chiropractic Care for Osteoarthritis
Chiropractors offer a holistic form of treatment plan for osteoarthritis. One of the most important things you can do, especially if you have osteoarthritis in your hips and/or knees, is to maintain a healthy weight. Carrying excess weight can put additional pressure on your bones and joints, causing extreme pain; talking with weight loss specialists at the Beverly Hills Comprehensive Medical Group can help you learn how to eat healthy, nutritional meals. Other treatments with chiropractic care for osteoarthritis may include:
- Ultrasound to reduce swelling and decrease pain and stiffness
- Low-level laser, which may reduce inflammation
- Infrared sauna to help relieve pain and increase circulation
- A mild exercise plan
- Massage therapy
Contact The Beverly Hills Comprehensive Medical Group
Although the prevention of osteoarthritis is not fully guaranteed, there are several things you can do to slow down the progression, such as maintaining your ideal body weight to reduce the stress on your joints, exercise regularly to keep muscles and joints strong and flexible, protect your joints with good posture and proper body mechanics, avoid repetitive stress on your joints and listen to your pain.
At the first sign of pain in your joints, schedule an exam with our doctor to learn more information about how to slow down the progression of osteoarthritis. Call 310-657-0366..