Chiropractic Care for Osteoarthritis of Knees

by Administrator 16. January 2010 11:37

What is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis affecting manly people who are above 50 years of age. Osteoarthritis is a painful, degenerative and progressive disease of the joints, wherein there is a gradual loss of articular cartilage from the joints. Knees are the most common joint affected by Osteoarthritis.

Causes of the Osteoarthritis of Knees
Osteoarthritis mainly causes disruption of the cartilage of the knees joints. Cartilage covers the ends of the bones in the joints (articular surfaces of the bones) and helps in smooth motion and shock absorption. When cartilage is disrupted there occurs more friction between the bones during motion. This causes thickening of ends of the bone and as a result bone spurs may form.
Some of the causes for the disruption of cartilage in Osteoarthritis of Knees can be:

  • Genetic susceptibility
  • Aging Process
  • Joint injury
  • Long Period of inactivity
  • Being Overweight
  • Weak Muscles

Symptoms of Osteoarthritis of Knee

  • Pain in the Knees
  • Difficulty in walking and running
  • Muscle weakness in the lower limbs

Chiropractic Care for Osteoarthritis of Knees

Weight control 

  • This includes advices on Aerobic exercises and Life style modifications

Regular exercises

  • Strengthening exercises for muscles of lower limb. These exercises make muscles of lower limb stable and resist further damage.
  • Range-of-Motion Exercises – These help maintain the flexibility and range of motion of the knee joints

Heat Therapy

  • Hot packs are used to relieve the pain in the joint and also to relax the muscles before starting the exercises. Heat therapy also relieves stiffness in the joints

Support to the joint

  • Knee joint bear weight of the body. Chiropractic care may include supporting the knee joint with protective braces and walking aids so that the weight on t he knees is reduced.

Corrective Chiropractic And Wellness serves Killeen and Harker Heights areas in Texas (TX).

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