Degenerative-Diisc1Arthritis and Arthritic pain effects up to 80% of people over 50 years of age. More than 6.3 million Australians are affected by Arthritis or a musculoskeletal condition. (1) Are you one of them?

A common misconception is that it is a part of ageing, but Arthritis can be prevented. Anti-inflammatories are often the medical solution to Arthritis, however there are many dangerous side effects from anti-inflammatories, even death. Discover how Chiropractic Care can help you prevent Arthritis or help you deal with your symptoms, naturally.

For most people, the solution they are given by their doctor is anti-inflammatories, however there are many dangerous side effects from the use of anti-inflammatories such as blurred vision, increased blood pressure, digestive ulcers and bleeding, kidney problems, dizziness and even death. (1)

The two of major misconception with Arthritis is that ‘you have to live with it’ and ‘it is a part of ageing.’ Both of these are not true.

Many people just have Arthritis in a certain part of the body, such as the neck. If it were true that Arthritis was due to ageing, then because the entire spine is the same age, there should be Arthritis through the entire spine.

As Chiropractors, we look at x-rays of the spine everyday. And what we see is that Arthritis often develops in the spine in areas where there have been misalignments (Subluxation), or areas where trauma has occurred over a long period of time. Meaning, that if you had a car accident, sporting injury, held a poor posture at work for a long period of time and you didn’t do anything about it, such as see a Chiropractor, then over the years, that area of the spine can degenerate (get worse) and in time result in Arthritis.

So, degeneration in the spine, or Arthritis, is caused by lifestyle, work, activities and traumas we have been exposed to over the years, it as nothing to do with age. In fact, we have had some 70 year old clients with better spines and less degeneration that 30 year old clients, simply due to the way they looked after their health and the traumas they were exposed to.

One of the most common practices within the Chiropractic profession is to evaluate the length of time nerve interference has been existing in a person.

A normal healthy spine will allow all the nerves of the spinal column to exit the spine and allow the body to function the way it is supposed to in a strong and healthy way.  A person will show a normal healthy curve in the spine, their disc spaces will be even, and bones will be smooth and well defined.

If someone is in what is called a Phase 1 of spinal degeneration they will have a loss of the normal spinal curve, their x-rays will show disc, joint, muscle, and nerve damage. They will also have distorted posture, such as a high shoulder, rotated pelvis or forward head posture. These people will have less energy, their height will be diminished, and health problems will be something they put up with while having the false perception that it is normal aging.

If someone is in a Phase 2 of spinal degeneration they will have increased spinal decay, disc narrowing, bone deformation and spinal canal narrowing (stenosis) may occur.  These people will have a more common scenario of aches and pains, such as back pain, neck pain, sciatic pain (sometimes daily).  They will be fatigued quite frequently, and they must realize that their health is becoming a large concern if they want to enjoy the rest of their life.

If someone is in a Phase 3 of spinal degeneration they will have greater postural imbalance, increasing nerve damage, advanced bone deformation, and extreme loss of flexibility.  These people will have a serious health situation, if they are not receiving help from a Chiropractor.  They will commonly be on a lot of medication and find that they are unable to participate in healthy activities.  Their quality of life is very low.

If someone is in any of the Phases of spinal degeneration they must realize that they can receive help to improve their health; sometimes the help is immense.  Your level of spinal decay will determine the level of spinal reconstruction possible.

If you experience Arthritic Pain or are curious what your level of spinal degeneration is make an appointment with our team at Body Brilliant Chiropractic today and discover how you can maintain a healthy spine or get to the cause of your unwanted health concerns such as Arthritis today.

If you don’t live on the Gold Coast, please email us and we will gladly help you find a Chiropractor in your area who can help you.

 

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(1) ‘Australia’s Health 2010’ – Australian Institue of Health and Welfare, 2010