Arthritis, also known as Osteoarthritis or Arthrosis, has been used to describe chronic irritation, inflammation and degeneration of a joint. However, arthritis is broken up into two groups: inflammatory and degenerative. Inflammatory arthritis produces excessive swelling of the joint and can lead to pain and erosive changes in the joint if left untreated. Degenerative arthritis is a wearing down of the cartilage used to protect the joint.
The goal of treating inflammatory arthritis is, first and foremost, to temporarily reduce inflammation to the area, followed by a plan for helping to prevent the inflammation from re-occurring. As arthritis patients tend to have pain in the muscle and tissue surrounding the affected joint(s), the addition of conservative treatment like that provided at Sport and Spine Rehab can have profound effects on decreasing symptoms and improving function.
The goal of treating degenerative arthritis is quite simply to MOVE THE JOINT! Contrary to popular belief, the more a joint with this condition moves in a pain free manner, the healthier the cartilage can become. Believe it or not, we can actually slow the progress of arthritis (and even reverse it) through a series of treatments and exercise to increase flexibility, joint mobility, and improve the function of the surrounding musculature without further irritation. Most commonly, this involves a manipulation of the joint (often referred to as an adjustment). The manipulation is an incredibly safe and effective procedure that assists in this improvement in the health of the cartilage of the bones of the lower back.
There are also other treatments like low level laser therapy and certain supplements that can be taken to help decrease the symptoms of arthritis. More can be learned by discussing with the doctors at Kaizo Health.