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Osteoarthritis

Even though chiropractors do not treat specific conditions, the following are examples of the many conditions that can be helped when chiropractic adjustments remove interferences to the nervous system and allow the body to heal itself.

Arthritis is a condition characterized by the gradual breakdown of joint cartilage and the addition of extra calcium on the borders of the bones (these are called bone spurs or osteophytes). These are most common in the weight bearing joints of the body such as the knees, hips, and back. It is also common in the neck and hands. As the joint is broken down it can lead to joint stiffness and increased strain on the muscles in that area. Additionally, as joint function changes it can lead to movement compensations and place strain on other areas of the body as well. Although degenerative changes are common with age they do not automatically result in pain. Research now shows that it is not the degeneration of the joint that is responsible for pain but the effects the degeneration has on how the joint is functioning, particularly the stiffness and muscles strain.

We focus on restoration and maintenance of function by emphasizing joint movement and increasing the ability of the muscles to support and stabilize the affected joints. In addition, we assess how the body as a whole is functioning to uncover any other movement abnormalities that may be affecting the degenerated area.