Osteoarthritis

Newmarket Chiropractor Dr. Peter Lemasurier on Osteoarthritis

osteo1Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis or joint disorder. Its cause is primarily due to aging and wear and tear on the joints. Injuries or accidents that involve the joints are also considered a factor contributing to osteoarthritis. It can actually be considered a normal function of aging, and this is shown by the statistics. In the 65 to 74 age group alone 30% of men and almost 50% of women acquire some form of osteoarthritis. The symptoms usually start by middle age, but by the age of 70, most people will experience some form of osteoarthritis simply due to the fact that aging is considered the number one factor contributing to this disease.

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Causes of Osteoarthritis

The primary cause of this disease is aging and there’s not much any of us can do about that. There is cartilage between the bone surfaces at the joints. This cartilage is a rubbery-like firm substance and it allows the bones to glide over each other as the joint flexes. As we age or perhaps have experienced injury to the joints, this cartilage gradually wears down. This causes bare bone surfaces to rub against each other causing inflammation and pain.

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Lifestyle factors that may lead to OA

  • OA has a tendency to run in families and therefore heredity is a factor.
  • Being overweight adds an additional risk. The disease typically attacks the hip, knee, ankle, and foot joints. This is because extra weight causes extra wear and tear on those joints.
  • Previous joint injuries or fractures often lead to OA later in life.
  • Kneeling or squatting for more than an hour a day is one of the highest risk factors that lead to this disease.
  • Direct impact sports or those that that put put pressure on the joint also increase the risk of osteoarthritis.

Medical conditions that can lead to OA include:

  • Hemophilia or other bleeding disorders that affect a joint can be a factor
  • Blocking of the blood supply near a joint can lead to avascular necrosis and this in turn can result in osteoarthritis
  • Other types of arthritis can also bring about osteoarthritis. These include conditions such as chronic gout, pseudogout, or rheumatoid arthritis

 But don’t despair! There is relief!

Watch this short video for some tips on home remedies for osteoarthritis.

 

No cure – but relief!

Unfortunately there is no cure for OA. In most cases it gets worse over time. OA symptoms however, can be controlled; but on the other hand most hip and knee replacement operations are the result of osteoarthritis.

osteo3-199x300While surgery is an option, other treatments can provide pain relief and make life more enjoyable. Bear in mind that OA won’t go away, but employing some of these options may delay or even eliminate the need for surgery.

Medications

Many pain relievers that you can buy without a prescription can help with OA symptoms. Most practitioners recommend acetaminophen (Tylenol) first, because it has fewer side effects. If that doesn’t work your doctor may recommend non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs. Some NSAIDs include aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen.

There is considerable merit to some of the following additional methods that are used to treat osteoarthritis. The following treatments have been tried and tested by many who suffer from this form of arthritis and have been proven to provide relief. Check with Dr. Lemasurier or your medical practitioner to determine the treatment that will best suit your condition.

  • Corticosteroids injections into the joint will reduce pain and swelling
  • Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate with MSM is used by many people for joint pain
  • Capsaicin (Zostrix) is a cream that is applied to the skin and can be beneficial
  • There are artificial joint fluids that can also be injected into the joint that give relief for up to 6 months. Synvisc is one of these products

 

Lifestyle Changes

Exercise – a good option!

Any activity or exercise is beneficial to the joints and overall physical mobility. Ask your chiropractor or health care professional to recommend exercises that you can perform routinely at home. Swimming and other water based activities are most beneficial.

Other lifestyle options include:

  • Application of heat and cold compresses
  • Eating a balanced diet with healthy foods
  • Get an adequate amount of rest
  • Get involved with a weight control program
  • Protect the joints from excess strain or stress
  • If OA worsens you may find routine activities activities may become more of an effort.
  • Consider making changes around the house that could relieve some stress from your joints, and alleviate the pain.
  • Consider altering your work environment if you feel the demands are the cause of your condition.

 

Physical Therapy

osteo5-300x199Physical therapy and/or massage therapy by a qualified chiropractor or physical therapist can affect stiff joints by increasing the muscle strength and improving your gait and sense of balance. Newmarket chiropractor Dr. Lemasurier has a variety of techniques for treating this disease. If you do not feel an improvement with about two months of chiropractic care, it is likely that you may need to consider alternative methods. All chiropractors are well trained to help patients suffering from osteoarthritis and take pride in the fact that they can help lessen the pain and increase mobility.

Any activity or exercise is beneficial to the joints and overall physical mobility. Ask your chiropractor or health care professional to recommend exercises that you can perform routinely at home. Swimming and other water based activities are most beneficial.

If you’d like to discuss options with Newmarket chiropractor Peter Lemasurier, don’t hesitate to call him at:

 

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