Arthritis is commonly thought of as an old person’s disease caused simply by the consequence of growing old. When in fact 2.4 million people suffering from the disease are of working age (Arthritis Australia. 2012). Arthritis is an umbrella term rather than a single disease referring to damage to joints where two bones meet. The most common symptoms are pain, stiffness, inflammation, damage to joints, joint weakness, instability, deformities can have varying levels of disability.
The most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis also known as degenerative joint disease, Rheumatoid arthritis and Gout.
The key to management of arthritis is first getting the diagnosis correct and that is why we perform a thorough history and examination. This is usually accompanied by imaging x-ray, CT or MRI. Our aim is to reduce pain and maintain function of the joints by chiropractic adjustments combined with at home exercises and lifestyle modifications. Note that a multimodal approach is taken with your local general practitioner in order to have the best success.
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