Those with arthritis are in a great deal of pain often. As the years roll by, steady damage is done to the cartilage that protects the bones in joints. It provides a necessary cushion that prevents the kinetic energy of movement from causing damage to the bones. As that cushion wears away, the bones will rub together and the result is swelling, stiffness and a constant, miserable pain. Commonly called osteoarthritis, this condition is extremely common and affects more than 20 million Americans.
The joint pain tends to be a deep pain that aches constantly and flares brightly upon movement. Resting the joint can help bring relief from the pain, but resting it too long can cause stiffness. Range of motion begins to decrease and as the joints are favored weakness in the muscles can occur. Arthritis plagues many Americans.
The cause of OA is unknown. Risk factors include uncontrollable elements such as your age and genetics. It can be prevented to some extent by losing weight possible and avoiding repetitive motions. However, if you are already suffering from the condition then your best treatment may be chiropractic care.
Dr. Baker has offices in both Kirkland and Juanita. He is experienced in working with people who are suffering from arthritis. Many people with OA have some problem with the spine and he is able to help correct those problems and restore healthy movement. He can work to help regain a healthy range of motion and can take steps to help the muscles finally relax, bringing much needed relief from the pain.
Dr. Baker believes in educating his clients and will also teach you things you can do at home to help prevent the condition from worsening. He accepts most major insurance plans and will work his patients to find a convenient time for appointments. Don’t continue living with OA pain or simply taking bottles of Tylenol for the pain. Choose chiropractic care for a solution that will bring long-term relief and healing.