Osteoarthritis Care Denver

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.

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