Arthritic pain is a general term referring to pain or discomfort involving the joints or connective tissue. As you get older, certain changes occur in the body such as joint stiffness, loss of muscle and some loss of energy. Physical stresses build up over time as well as an inability to recover as quickly from falls or other accidents. This can lead to excessive wear on the joints of your body and arthritic pain.
The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis, also called degenerative arthritis. It is reported that over 50% of people over the age of 65 suffer pain and disability as a result of osteoarthritis. This type of arthritis begins years before any bone changes are found on x-ray and is primarily the “wear and tear” arthritis associated with every day life. In many cases, your chiropractor can help you to accommodate this change in structure. Your chiropractor can free up related joints so there is a more even share of the load. Reducing tension in muscles can descrease inflammation and pain. There are also a wealth of postural exercises and day to day tips that can help you to help yourself.
It is important to remember that in most cases, osteoarthritis is not an event that suddenly happens. The spine, hips and knees are particularly susceptible to such strains and may show signs of degeneration producing arthritic pain and stiffness in the surrounding tissues.