So, what is arthritis? Many people think it’s just a result of getting older. Truth is, not everyone develops arthritis at the same rate. Therefor, can it really be just an age issue?
Arthritis is the inflammation of a joint, which occurs as the joint begins to break down. Joints do not begin to break down simply due to age. This deterioration is the result of abnormal movement patterns.
What causes abnormal movement patterns? Lots of things. Past traumas, falls, accidents, and poor posture can all cause abnormal movement patterns. When an injury occurs to the body, such as a sprained ankle, a broken wrist, or a fall, the body begins to compensate for the injury by overutilizing certain muscle groups and trying to protect others. Eventually, movement patterns change, and certain joints begin wearing down quicker than others.
Have you ever wondered why just one of your knees hurts? Or why one hip is worse than the other? See, if it were just an issue of old age, all of our joints would hurt equally!
So what can be done?
First and foremost, it’s essential to correct these abnormal movement patterns to reduce further joint damage. This can be accomplished through a functional movement screening and prescribed stretches and exercises, all of which we do regularly here in our clinic. As we begin to correct these abnormal movement patterns, we’re able to relieve some of the pressure from the joint, allowing it to begin healing.
Other vital components to the correction of arthritis include weight management when necessary, and proper nutrition and supplementation. By taking some of the weight off of the damaged joint, it is less susceptible to wear and tear. Proper nutrition and supplementation ensures that the body has the right vitamins and nutrients to facilitate healing the damaged joint.
Now that we’ve covered the major bases, you’re probably wondering what else can be done. To speed up the healing process, several passive therapies can be used to decrease inflammation, increase blood flow, provide more energy to the cells, and even help to open up the joint space to relieve some pain. We have several of these passive therapies right here in our clinic.
And perhaps our greatest line of defense? Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy! Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy actually works to rebuild lost/damaged cartilage. There is nothing else like it! Stem Cell Regenerative Therapy is the only therapy that works to allow your body to HEAL ITSELF.
When injected into a damaged joint or tissue, stem cells go to work to become the very type of cell/tissue that your body needs to heal.
Damaged or reduced cartilage? No problem! Stem cells can become cartilage cells.
Torn ligaments, muscles, or tendons? No problem! Stem cells can become ligament, muscle, and tendon cells as well!
If you or someone you know is struggling with arthritis, we urge you to come see us. The damage caused by arthritis is cumulative and will only get worse over time if a correction is not made. The sooner you can correct these abnormal movement patterns and provide the right therapies to the affected joint, the better the outcome.
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