Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of many types of arthritis, and in fact, is one of the most common affecting more than 3 million Canadians.
The term “arthritis” refers to inflammation of a joint. Every joint of the body is surrounded by cartilage – which essentially helps to protect the end of bones. It also plays a very important role by absorbing any shock that the joint encounters and allows for smooth movements to occur. Arthritis occurs when this cartilage begins to wear down. This happens over time and can occur due to various reasons. As the cartilage wears down, it results in mild- severe pain, stiffness and swelling.
Overtime, the joints that are affected by OA can eventually become larger, and in rare cases, the cartilage can wear out completely – causing the bones to rub directly up against each other and increasing the pain. With OA, when the joints are being used less due to the pain/stiffness, it leads to weakening of the surrounding muscles of the joint. As the muscles becoming weaker, they do not provide the support an stability that is needed for the joints- this increases the pressure through the boney surfaces.
Although OA is not 100% curable, Physiotherapy and Chiropractic treatment both serve as effective measures to help manage, control, and reduce signs and symptoms of OA. Both healthcare practitioners can prescribe specific exercises and stretches to help maximize the flexibility and range of motion of the joints that are affected. In addition, they can also provide you with strengthening exercises to help increase stability/protect your joints.
Other therapeutic modalities our Physiotherapist may use in conjunction with exercises are therapeutic ultrasound, dry needling, interferential current and TENS.
We offer a wide range of orthopedic braces that can help those who have OA. For instance, our bauerfeind knee brace – Genu Train – is highly effective and can help offload pressure that is being applied to the knee joint; this can help decrease the pain that you’re experiencing. It can also help with providing stability and support while doing your daily activities – preventing the condition from getting worse.
On your first appointment with Brampton Chiropractor Dr. Sodhi, you'll sit down to discuss what's brought you in to our office. Dr. Sodhi will complete a full health history and assessment with you. Then, if needed, we'll send you for X-rays. Please contact us today for your appointment.SCHEDULE NOW