Is Arthritis Normal as You Age?

There seems to be a common misunderstanding when it comes to arthritis and age. Time and time again, people tell me that they are developing arthritis in their joints due to getting older. Is arthritis inevitable as you age? Not at all!

Common vs. Normal

There is a difference between something being common and something being normal. Take a cancer support group, for instance. If you were to ask the people in the cancer support group if their lives have been touched by cancer, every one of them would say yes. Cancer would be a common thread in their lives, but is cancer normal? Cancer is not normal; it is just common with that particular group of people. In the same way, arthritis is all too common with people as they age, but that does not make arthritis normal. Arthritis is not normal, in any circumstance, at any time.

Confusing Arthritis with Age

A week does not go by where someone will tell me that they regularly have pain in one hip or one knee or one shoulder. When asked what they think might be the cause of that pain, they say something like, “It’s old age, probably arthritis.” My next question will always be, “How does the other hip/knee/shoulder feel?” The typical response, “Fine.” So here comes the educational question, “How old is the good hip/knee/shoulder compared to the bad hip/knee/shoulder?” At this point, I usually get the deer in the headlights look. Obviously, they are chronologically the same age. So if the aging process was the reason for the arthritis, then why doesn’t the other one have arthritis and hurt as well? The answer, of course, is that age is not the reason for arthritis or pain. There is something else going on.

Osteoarthritis is due to wear and tear. It doesn’t matter if osteoarthritis is in your hands, your feet, your hips, knees, shoulder or spine; excessive wear and tear are what cause osteoarthritis, not age. The real question that needs to be asked is what is causing the excessive wear and tear. Age does not cause excessive wear and tear in healthy joints. But if the joints become misaligned and do not move fluently, then osteoarthritis will occur. We see this all the time in the spine. Spinal bones are normally movable, and for good reason, we need to be able to turn, twist and bend. However, inherent in that spinal movement is the opportunity for joints to move and lock out of place. This damages the joints and discs of the spine leading to osteoarthritis. The locking of the spine out of place is called Subluxation.

A Good Chiropractor Can Help

A chiropractor can help with osteoarthritis. By gently adjusting the spinal alignment and allowing for more fluent movement of the spinal bones the spine will stop developing arthritis in the joint. In fact, we have documented many cases where arthritis that had already developed was reversed, and the joint looked and functioned normally again.

If you are looking for a chiropractor in Greenville, we would like to meet you and talk with you about your particular needs and questions. Schedule an appointment if you are experiencing pain or would like to learn more about preventing future health issues. You can also contact us if you have a question.

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2 years ago

I love the example about the good knee versus bad knee!

Tamika Smith
Tamika Smith
2 years ago

Good example to make it understandable

Harry scott
Harry scott
1 year ago

Again, very good article.

Harry scott
Harry scott
1 year ago

I relate to the knee story. It is similar to when only the right side of my neck hurts.

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