Health Conditions A – D

Arthritis and Osteoarthritis

Arthritis is the inflammation of our joints; it is due to the damage to the cartilage that normally acts as a cushion to absorb the abrasion between the bones. It usually causes pain, swelling, and stiffness of muscles around the inflamed joint.

Osteoarthritis is one type of arthritis, and is often related to ageing or injury. A common cause of the problem is wear and tear of the cartilage. It can happen to anyone over the age of about 30.

Symptoms

  • Joint pain
  • Joint swelling
  • Reduced ability to move the joint
  • Redness of the skin around a joint
  • Stiffness, especially in the morning
  • Warmth around a joint

Age is one of the major risk factors for osteoarthritis. Other risk factors include: overweight, obesity, injury, long-term improper posture, deformities of hip and knee, hormones, and low intake of vitamins C and D.

The IMI Approach

Osteopathy and Chiropractic therapy can relieve and treat the condition. It helps to treat and strengthen the musculoskeletal framework, which includes the joints, muscles, and spine. These therapies aim to positively affect the body's nervous, circulatory, and lymphatic systems.

In treating any health condition, an osteopath or naturopath will look for its cause. Arthritis may be caused by genetics, age, weight, injury records, improper postures, illness, infection or inflammation.

Our practitioners will determine the remedies suitable for you by using a combination of naturopathy, homeopathy, and nutrition modification to tackle the causes and treat the symptoms.

In addition, supplements of natural anti-inflammatories such as fish oils and anti-oxidants also provide a good base for control. Our practitioners will determine the combination of supplements to treat the causes and problems of your arthritis conditions.

References

Fife, R. S., Osteoarthritis: epidemiology, pathology, and pathogenesis. In Klippel, J. H., ed. Primer on the rheumatic diseases. Atlanta, Ga: Arthritis Foundation, 1997.Staff of the Mayo Clinic, 'Osteoarthritis Risk Factors.' Mayo Clinic website http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/osteoarthritis/DS00019/DSECTION=risk-factors, accessed 24 May 2012..