Updated: Aug 23
Many people complain of aches and pains, combine this with getting older and people commonly say "It's just arthritis." Or, "it's just old age". Or is it ? There are different types of arthritis like rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis. For this conversation, we'll just be discussing osteoarthritis, which is the most common. Osteoarthritis is the wear and tear arthritis, associated with repetitive movements with improper biomechanics. There is a process that occurs when arthritis forms. Let's take arthritis in the low back. Arthritis occurs when the joints of the low back cannot be put through it's full range of motion., The joint cannot be put through the full range of motion because muscles get tight, and if this occurs for a long period of time, lack of full motion of the joints causes degenerative arthritis in as little as six months. Arthritis in the low back, or any joint for that matter, produces an inflammatory cascade that causes pain. Prescription medication will get the inflammation down, but does nothing for improving the range of motion. If the function of the joint is improved, the inflammation goes down.
So how do you get the function of the joint improved? It's a combination of treatments. Chiropractic adjustments will gap the joints and get them moving again. The issue is that long standing tight muscles either from trauma, repetitive improper movements or something else will displace the vertebral joints in the low back again. That is why you go frequently for chiropractic treatments to improve the correct muscle memory. Combine this with massage, stretching and rehabilitation exercises, the cascade of events that lead to the arthritis will improve, causing the inflammation and scar tissue formation to decrease. It's all about function. If the joint movement is functioning correctly, the joint moves freely.
If someone is in a auto accident and has underlying arthritis in the spine, a low impact accident can cause major problems. That is why is you were in an accident you need to come to a trauma qualified chiropractor at the Auto Accident Pain Relief Center of Illinois. If you are in the Chicagoland area like, Chicago, Elmhurst, Villa Park, Lombard, Stone Park, Melrose Park, Oak Brook, Berkeley. Bensenville area, call us 24/7 at 800-862-5914.