Osteoarthritis

Degeneration of the joints causing aches and pain

this type of arthritis is the one we deal with the most. It is sometimes called degeneration joint disease and is distinctly different to rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis, although it is often a co-morbidity of either. Osteoarthritis has genetic and environmental causes, which is why some people get it worse than others, and why it is not always related to the hard a life their joints have had.

Treatment for such a problem is complex, because the main underlying factors largely cannot be addressed, but if the associated features and structural cause mechanisms are addressed, it might be slowed down of made less unpleasant. For example, corrective orthotics can change the angles of stress going through an arthritic knee.  Soft tissue massage and dry needling can reduce the muscle tension in an arthritic hip which may actually represent a significant portion of the pain the patient is experiencing.  Also, muscle weakness and wasting is common in arthritic joints and accelerates the decline, so strengthening strategies are generally useful.