Wear and tear
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It is the result of wear-and-tear to the joints. When joints do not move properly (most commonly due to an alignment issue), they wear out quicker than they should. If your body weight is not symmetrically distributed on your spine, then the side with more weight (hips, knees, ankles) will be at a higher risk of excessive wear-and-tear or osteoarthritis.
RA is when the body’s immune system attacks itself. Specifically, the body attacks the membrane that surrounds the joint parts. This can result in inflamed or swollen joints, destruction of cartilage and bone, and ultimately pain. You may also experience other symptoms of inflammation, such as fever and loss of appetite.
What Increases Your Risk For Arthritis?
Sometimes arthritis can occur with no known cause. But most of the time there are also factors that can increase your risk for all types of arthritis.
Age: Advanced age increases a person’s risk for arthritis. However, age in and of itself is not the cause of either type of arthritis.
Family history: You are more likely to have arthritis if your parent or sibling has arthritis (particularly Rheumatoid Arthritis and Gout).
Gender: Women are more likely to have RA than men while men are more likely to have gout. Both genders have osteoarthritis equally.
Obesity: Excess weight can increase a person’s risk for OA because it puts more pressure on the joints.
History of previous injuries: Those who have injured a joint from playing sports, from a car accident, or other occurrences are more likely to experience arthritis later in life.
Misaligned and fixated spinal bones: When your spine shifts out of alignment and locks out of place, commonly known as Vertebral Subluxation, the joints of the spine wear-and-tear unevenly causing osteoarthritis. Vertebral Subluxation will also cause an uneven distribution of your weight setting up the hips, knees, ankles, and feet for osteoarthritis.
Even if you don’t feel the symptoms, you should discuss your potential risks for arthritis with your doctor. They can help provide ways to prevent or delay arthritis.
How a Chiropractor Can Help.
Chiropractic doctors specialize in the function and alignment of the joints of the spine and how they affect nerve function. When the spinal column misaligns and locks out of place, this sets into motion a cascade of effects. First, the joints of the spine do not move properly; creating an environment for excessive wear-and-tear or osteoarthritis.
Second, the transfer of weight through the spine is uneven, setting up osteoarthritic conditions for the spine, hips, knees, and ankles. Last, the nervous system is adversely altered affecting the ability of the brain to control and coordinate internal system function. This, in turn, affects the way the immune system functions and can contribute to rheumatoid arthritis, which is an autoimmune disease. Chiropractors are the only healthcare providers who are specially trained to detect and correct Vertebral Subluxations. When Subluxation is detected and corrected the joints of the spine move more freely, and weight distribution is more symmetrical allowing for less osteoarthritis, and the nervous system interference is reduced allowing for a healthier, happier, more vibrant life.