Arthritis Is Disabling
Arthritis is a disabling disease that affects millions of Canadians. Common forms of arthritis include osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is inflammatory in nature and best to see a rheumatologist for care. Osteoarthritis on the other hand is degenerative in nature and can get progressively worse as time goes on.
Osteoarthritis occurs when the protective cartilage that surrounds and cushions the ends of the bones wears down. Biomechanics often have a considerable impact on osteoarthritis development, and if addressed correctly, can be effective at reducing pain and stiffness. Arthritis can limit mobility, cause pain and reduce a person’s quality of life.
Often, because movement causes pain, movement is avoided and as less movement occurs, the worse the osteoarthritis gets. Synovial fluid and hyaluronic acid are naturally produced by the body and helps to lubricate the joints and provide nutrition to the joint, however movement restriction can reduce the amount of synovial fluid that is pumped into the joint and therefore reduce the joint’s ability to heal – hence why movement is very important in preventing osteoarthritis from getting worse. Align Clinicians can analyze your movement, understand restrictions, and help you move better. Osteoarthritis in the feet, ankles, knees, and hips are often successful treated with conservative treatment approaches including proper footwear, custom orthotics, unloading braces, exercise, and manual therapy.
The effected joints may become swollen, painful or tender, and stiff. It is common to see a physical change in the shape of the bone with the joint appearing enlarged. Sometimes the joint is sensitive to touch.
Arthritis can be hereditary in nature and can become worse or appear with age. Viral and bacterial infections can bring it on, as well as systemic disease or trauma. Obesity can cause arthritis in load-bearing joints, and either prescription or illegal drugs can contribute to its onset and severity. Poor biomechanics resulting in increased and uneven loading to joints can also contribute to osteoarthritis, especially in weight bearing joints such as the knees, hips and bones in the feet.
Those affected by arthritis in the lower body joints should begin a program of physical therapy, exercise, or massage. Ice packs or hot packs can provide relief and reduce swelling, as can soaking the feet in lukewarm water. Use of custom foot orthotics specifically designed to unload the said joint and supportive shoes can be surprisingly effective at address the underlying issues that cause Arthritis in Mississauga. Custom knee braces specific to unloading for osteoarthritis have been proven to be instrumentally effective and often can delay/postpone the need for surgery in many surgical candidates. If the problem persists, it may require surgery.
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