It is important to be aware that Degenerative or Osteoarthritis is a normal ageing process of wear and tear in the joints. However, some people are more prone to it than others. This will depend on your family history and lifestyle, where excessive stress put on your joints through sport, injury, manual work or increase weight can have a detrimental effect.
Many people with Degenerative Arthritis in their joints are not aware of the relief osteopathic treatment can provide. Even those waiting for hip or knee replacements can benefit from osteopathic treatment, putting you in a better place for recovery post op.
The pain of arthritis is caused as the cartilage, or cushioning between the bones, begins to wear away. Bone rubs on bone causing swelling and stiffness and the muscles around the affected joint tighten up to protect it from further damage. Over time the joint looses strength as it is not being used properly.
Whilst Osteopathic treatment cannot cure arthritis it gently relieves the muscle tightness, lessens the pressure on the joint and reduces inflammation. This therefore relieves pain and improves function. During treatment we will also ensure that other parts of the body are working well to minimise the stress on the damaged joint.