Arthritis is a condition that affects many individuals. Also know as osteoarthritis, it is characterized by a gradual breakdown of the cartilage that protects the joints in your body. Synovial fluid, which helps to lubricate the joints like oil, reduces its production, leading to stiffness and pain. Biomechanical stress, injury, and trauma are some of the factors that contribute to osteoarthritis. Bone deformities known as osteophytes, or “bone spurs”, can also occur with cartilage breakdown. Patients often complain of joint pain, stiffness, and reduced ranges of motion and strength.
Prescription drugs such as Tylenol and Advil have been proven to destroy cartilage, whereas regular chiropractic care provides a safe alternative to alleviating the pain caused by arthritis.