Nepean Chiropractors Explain The Difference Between Arthritis and Osteoarthritis

Nepean Chiropractors Explain The Difference Between Arthritis and Osteoarthritis

Nepean Chiropractors Explain The Difference Between Arthritis and Osteoarthritis

By: Dr. Surbjit Herr, BSc., D.C.

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How do you know if it's arthritis or osteoarthritis in Nepean?

Arthritis is a general term that is used to describe joint inflammation which is anything that causes damage to the cartilage or joints of the body. There are different forms of arthritis such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis and
they all present differently.

How do I know which type of arthritis I have?

The various forms of arthritis have an array of varying characteristics. Different tests can be done by your doctors to help determine if you have arthritis and which type. The two main types of Arthritis are as follows:

Osteoarthritis (0A): This is more common in weight-bearing joints, like the knees, hips, and spine. This is known as "wear and tear" arthritis. OA is commonly seen in older patients over 60 but can be seen in people in their 20s as well. The symptoms of osteoarthritis develop over time and people notice some pain, soreness, swelling, and stiffness especially first thing in the morning.

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA): is different from OA even though they can both cause stiffness swelling and joint pain. With RA, there is inflammation that is symmetrical meaning it affects both sides of the body, so both knees wrists or joints are affected. This is more commonly seen in the wrist and hands and you may see some deformities. RA occurs when your immune system starts to attack the joints. This causes inflammation and damage to the joints.

What steps can one take to prevent joint damage?

There is always going to be small degree of wear and tear on the body and its' joints. But there are many things that can be done to help maintain joints and your mobility. To be honest with you, maintaining your joint health is no different than maintaining your overall health.

You need to ensure that you are putting healthy habits into your health bank account. Make sure you are moving by doing some joint mobility. Check out our video to show you some simple and effective exercises to help. Here's the video

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Put healthy fuel into your body, as certain foods like sugar, wheat, and others can cause inflammation. Using turmeric and omega 3 fish oils to help decrease inflammation with the body but especially the joints. Research has shown that taking fish oils can help with OA and decrease swelling and pain.

What difference can regular chiropractic make?

If you have structural shifts (spinal misalignments) they will create more wear and tear. Not only will the joints wear down faster but there will be decreased range of motion. Think about the alignment of your car, if your cars are hitting potholes and broken-down roads what will happen to the tires? If you keep the car in good alignment, there is less wear and tear on the tires, better mileage, and a longer life span for the tires.

The spine is no different because not only do the structural shifts interfere with nerve signals, but there is more wear and tear on the spine and other joints with the body.

In a study, researchers looked at 584 lumbar joints in animals macroscopically. They found that the longer the animal's spinal joints were fixed, (had structural shifts) the greater the number of osteophytes that developed. Osteophytes are bone spurs found in the spine. More osteophytes are the result of more wear and tear on the joints which increases the amount of arthritis.

Whether it is spinal health or overall health,
it is important to understand that health is health.

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