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Posted on 01-24-2013
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition, but isn’t only the product of age explains Edison Park chiropractor Dr. Cynthia Seaman. You can get osteoarthritis from an injury, accident, or instability of a certain joint. Different conditions such as scoliosis, a short leg, flat feet or anything that produces an uncomfortable, unstable, unleveled or rotated joint can also cause osteoarthritis.
This condition commonly affects your spine, hips, knees, and even your hands. Normal functioning joints move easily because there is a “cushion” called the cartilage (disc). This is what allows the joints to move easily. When the cartilage begins to breakdown, the bones begin to rub together when they move. This is called osteoarthritis.
Symptoms are typically pain, swelling, stiffness, and a clicking or popping sound. The medical world only addresses osteoarthritis by drugs and surgery, often creating worse side effects or damage. Gentle chiropractic creates a more comfortable, stable joint so the arthritis and inflammation slows down, pain reduces and function increases.
Dr. Seaman can restore normal movement of your joints and spine, increase range of motion and decease joint pain by chiropractic adjustments. Along with regular adjustments, relaxing your muscles with a therapeutic massage will alleviate muscle tightness. Strengthening exercises maintain strong muscles which take the pressure of movement off the joint. Osteoarthritis can be slowed down so you keep your activities and hobbies far into the future.
If you or someone you know might have osteoarthritis click on seamanchiro.com or call us 773-545-2233 to set up an appointment today.
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