Osteopathy treats ArthritisOsteopathy treats Arthritis: Degenerative and Inflammatory. The first of these is commonly associated with joint swelling, pain and stiffness in the neck, lower back, fingers, hips and knees. Inflammatory arthritis, such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, is less common and its symptoms more severe. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and mainly affects the joint cartilage. As the cartilage becomes worn away, the bones rub roughly against each other and bony outgrowths or spurs can form at the side of the joints, causing them to become misshapen.

A common misconception is that osteoarthritis is related to age when in fact the affects of the wear and tear on your joints can already manifest as arthritis in a person in their late twenties. Early onset of the condition can be brought on through a lifetime of poor posture, lack of exercise or an accumulation of injuries to the body. Factors such as genes, weight, repetitive impact on joints and joint damage can lead to osteoarthritis.

Treatment

An osteopath will be able to detect arthritis through a routine examination coupled with x-rays, blood tests or MRI scans. To treat the condition, a combination of pain relief and anti-inflammatory tablets may be recommended in conjunction with soft tissue massage, manipulation, stretching and exercise advice. Whilst there is no cure for arthritis, treatment can help with pain and stiffness associated with the disease processes.