Archive for November, 2010

Osteoarthritis Care Denver

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, a main characteristic being a decrease in functionality and motion of the joints. Unlike acute diseases, Denver osteoarthritis creeps up on a person. Osteoarthritis is generally seen on the knees, hip and joints of the hand. Osteoarthritis is frequently seen in about 50% of people over 55 years old. It can occur in any of the joints in the body. The two main classifications of osteoarthritis are:
1. Primary osteoarthritis – a result of repeated and too much strain. A history of the disease in relatives also predisposes a person to it.
2. Secondary osteoarthritis – almost always a consequence of trauma.

The primary signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis in CO are:
1. Pain – is what usually brings the patient to look for treatment
2. Stiffness – is often felt in the mornings
3. Swelling – develops when there is persistent inflammation
4. Crepitus – a popping sound that comes when lubrication is absent and synovia rub against each other

Osteoarthritis therapy at Tamarac Wellness Center includes:
1. Losing weight – lessens the stress on weight-supporting joints
2. Exercise – for strong muscles and growth of cartilage
3. Diet – rich in Glucosamine sulfate, Chondroitin sulfate, vitamins C and D, and calcium
4. Heat – when used properly can alleviate pain and stiffness

By doing a comprehensive history-taking, examination and orthopaedic as well as neuroligical testing, and aided by radiographic images, your Chiropractor, Dr Rita Cummings, can diagnose your osteoarthritis and its level of severity. By doing so, he can create a plan of management and adjust it to suit your specific case and needs.

  • Share/Bookmark

Related Posts

Depressed? Back Pain

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

It is very likely that those who have chronic back pain or intense back pain may be experiencing depression as well. However, Dr. Linda Carroll, of the University of Alberta, published a study in 2004 that proved the reverse can happen too; Dr Rita Cummings agrees. Depression can be a risk factor for the onset of severe neck and low-back pain. From her studies, Dr. Carroll and her colleagues discovered that those suffering from depression are actually four times more likely to develop neck and back pains than those who are generally well.

Studies suggest that depression has been attributed to the under-production of norepinephrine or serotonin, or both, and affects over 8 million people in the United States, CO inclusive.

People with depression usually experience the following signs of depression: grief, unhappiness, despair, and misery. Severe insomnia, a loss of appetite, and a decreased sex drive are among the other sides of depression. In spite of the depression, psychomotor agitation is frequently related to these signs of depression.

Some patients with mental depression in Denver alternate between depression and mania, which is called either bipolar disorder or manic-depressive psychosis.

It is routine for your chiropractor to perform orthopaedic and neurological tests, and a history consultation. From this, your chiropractor at Tamarac Wellness Center will be able to design a personalized treatment plan specific to your condition.

  • Share/Bookmark

Related Posts

Rheumatoid Arthritis Therapy Denver

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

The condition known as rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory autoimmune disease. Its cause is still unknown. Rheumatoid arthritis is not just a joint problem (this is only one of the many areas affected), says Dr Rita Cummings. In reality, all the connective tissues in the body, including muscles, nerves, tendons, etc., are all affected by rheumatoid arthritis.

Females, who are around the age of 40, are the usual patients with rheumatoid arthritis. They often complain of stiff and sore joints in the hands and feet. It is also common for the patient with CO rheumatoid arthritis to feel, or generally unwell. This condition usually starts out slowly and gradually develops.

Treatment for rheumatoid arthritis is useful for relieving pain and discomfort in the joints, and to prevent any further loss of function; patients can continue to live an active, productive life.

Your chiropractor in Denver will perform a thorough history and examination including diagnostic radiography and laboratory work (if needed) to determine the extent and severity of your rheumatoid arthritis. Then, the chiropractor will work with you to create the appropriate treatment strategy for your specific condition.

  • Share/Bookmark

Related Posts