Arthritis – or more specifically osteoarthritis – is a common condition of the joints affecting over 9 million people in the U.K. It is caused by the degeneration of the joint cartilage, resulting in pain and stiffness in the joints, and its symptoms can range from a mild discomfort to a debilitating disability.
Although osteoarthritis is often referred to as ‘wear and tear’ this is a misleading term as it implies that our joints are somehow being ‘ground down’ by overuse. There is no evidence that this is the case however and the degeneration of the cartilage in the joints is far more likely to be the result of a genetic predisposition.
Most orthopaedic experts now agree that the more we load and use our joints, the less likely we are to suffer with arthritis, so being fit and active can help manage the condition.
Although moving and loading our joints is the best thing for them to help avoid the onset of arthritis, if our joints do become painful we start to use them less.
This results in the joints becoming stiffer, reducing the blood flow to them and leading to further degeneration of the cartilage, which subsequently causes more pain.
The more painful they are the less we use them – and so it continues in a vicious circle…..
No-one can cure or reverse arthritis however our osteopaths are experts at helping people manage this condition.
With their techniques of articulation, mobilisation and massage – along with their tailored exercise advice – they can help to reduce the pain and stiffness in your joints, by breaking the vicious circle and slowing down the degeneration in your joints.
Our clinic based in Chatteris covers areas including March, Ely, Wisbech, Huntingdon, St Ives & Whittlesey and beyond.
Contact us now to book a free 15-minute chat with an Osteopath to see how we could help you.
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