What’s the difference between arthritis and osteoarthritis?

There are many different types of arthritis, all of which describe the inflammation of a joint and, often, subsequent pain.

Osteoarthritis is caused by wear and tear, mainly due to our natural ageing process. The cartilage surrounding each joint degenerates, and, as a result, tendons and ligaments become deformed. This can lead to pain and stiffness in and around the joint. Typical symptoms are deep aching pain, morning stiffness and loss of movement in the joint.

Other forms of arthritis include rheumatoid arthritis, an inflammatory form of arthritis that occurs when the body’s own immune system does not work properly and gout, which is caused by crystals that collect in the joints. Other common types include psoriatic arthritis, lupus and septic arthritis.

Can you reverse osteoarthritis?

Chiropractic can slow down the spread of the condition, and reduce its impact on the other joints in the body. It’s not possible to reverse the condition, but, by adjusting the spine and peripheral joints, chiropractic can ease the pain, increase mobility and slow down joint degeneration.

So, chiropractic can really help osteoarthritis?

Absolutely. Jean started coming to the clinic a year ago, having been diagnosed with osteoarthritis in her hip following an X-ray, arranged by her GP. She reported groin and thigh pain as well as lower back pain. Using conservative chiropractic treatment including acupuncture, her lower back was realigned and her hip pain improved considerably. With regular maintenance she has remained pain free.