World Arthritis Day

As we get older it is usual for our joints to experience a bit of ‘wear and tear’ and the level of this wear can vary from one joint to another and from one person to another.  Most of the time, we are pretty unaware of this wearing process – perhaps we may not feel as subtle as we once were or are a bit achy and restricted in movement when we get up in the morning or from sitting for a while but on the whole, it doesn’t affect or worry us too much.  However, sometimes this wear and tear can have a larger impact on our lives and can get very painful and restrict our movements and our activities.  This is often the point where we might visit the doctor and are told that we have arthritis and that there is no treatment for this. 

Arthritis can be a scary word to hear for some people, however, arthritis (osteo) is the medical term used to describe this ‘wear and tear’ process and therefore, it is common for us all in varying degrees.  What needs to be remembered here is that actually, there is a lot that can be done to help alleviate the pain associated with osteoarthritis (wear and tear).  Whilst we as osteopaths cannot of course, remove the wear from the joint, we can limit the impact it has on the body by ensuring that the joint involved is as mobile as possible and that the surrounding joints are also working well so they aren’t putting any undue stress on the affected joint.  We also relax any tight muscles around the joint that might be causing pain and strengthen any weak muscles that may be affecting the joint’s movement or having an impact on the mobility of the whole area.

If you would like any further information on our management of osteoarthritis or if you would like to ask any questions, please feel free to get in touch…..