Old isn't a number
Updated: Sep 16, 2020
Osteoarthritis – It doesn’t have to be so scary!
AGING! (it isn't a four letter word for everyone but it is for some people)
There are several things that start to happen at around 35 years of age. One of things that happens is our body stops making cartilage, you know the slippery stuff that coats joints to help them slide nice and smooth. But like car tires cartilage is a consumable product that if it isn’t replaced on a regular basis (which your body stops doing on its own at about 35) it gets used up.
Does Osteioarthritis = broken?
Even when you feel like your joints are a broken old tire, there is always hope.
When cartilage gets used up you are left with a condition called Osteoarthritis. I call it wear and tear in my office. The truth is that if we live long enough everyone on the planet would likely have wear and tear that would show up on x-rays.
Turns out that wear and tear on joints doesn't have to equal anything. We are finding that it is possible to have OA on an x-ray that doesn't equal any pain. A recent study reported that on MRI asymptomatic patients (IE patients that don't have any pain) that OA was reported in a significant number of people. Well how does that work? OA hurts doesn't it? My grandma had it and she could hardly move. It turns out that a significant number of people also have it that can move just fine, so what is happening?
How does Chiropractic fit into the conversation about osteoarthritis?
It turns out that if you can maintain full range of motion in a joint then you can potentially decrease the negative effects of wear and tear arthritis. One of the things that wear and tear can do is decrease our ability to move through a full range of motion. You know the stiff joints in the morning that take a while to get moving, like tin man in need of getting oiled. Chiropractic treatment of knees, hips, neck, and spine can help to maintain that full range of motion and get you moving better. Some things that we can take in our diet that have been shown to be helpful in preventing or slowing the onset of wear and tear. A recent study compared the benefits of high quality chondroitin sulphate to traditionally prescribed medications.
About the author
Author Dr. Spencer Devenney is a Chilliwack Chiropractor, who graduated in 2009 from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) He has a clinical interest in all things mechanical, IE his motto is if it hurts to move it bring it to your chiropractor first. He really loves to write, and has been told that he writes the way he speaks… informal and down to earth. We overheard a patient talking to her daughter and she said “I basically feel like your brother just worked on my back, He is such a nice guy”! (Don’t worry we asked her if we could quote her and she was FINE with that…)