Arthritis is notably the most common of disabling diseases known to man. At least ten percent of the world population experiences experience arthritis with thirteen million people in the U.S. alone. Many sufferers restrict daily activities and 750,000 people are so disabled they are unable to attend school, work, or perform daily functional tasks.
Two Kinds of Arthritis
Rheumatoid Arthritis develops usually before age 45, and deforms the bones and joints through inflammation caused by substances found in the blood. Osteoarthritis is usually present after the age of 45, and is the natural ageing and “wear and tear” on the joints of the body due to age and activity. Both forms of arthritis cause inflammation of the joints and tendons causing pain and movement restriction.
Spinal osteoarthritis can also be experienced in the form of Osteophytes, which can cause trouble with discs, and contribute to degenerative disc disease.
What You Notice
Arthritis sufferers may begin to notice stiffness in walking and in the movement of the hands and feet. Dull aches that seem non-specific may be identified, as well as pain and redness/swelling in specific joints. Sufferers may experience mild fatigue, loss of grip strength in the hands, and other muscle weakness that may cause imbalance when standing or walking.
What It Feels Like
• Stiffness in the legs, feet, hands, knees, elbows
• Difficulty using feet and balancing
• Thick feeling in fingers, inability to make a fist
• Difficulty sitting for long periods
• Inability to squat or kneel
• Pain moving or lifting the arms, or moving legs
• Pain using hands to operate scissors, pens, etc.
What To Do
Reducing inflammation is one of the major keys to treating arthritis. Call Spine & Disc and ask for an appointment to discuss using Newlife WaveTherapy™ to reduce reduce overall muscle, joint and tendon inflammation resulting from overuse, bursitis, and sports injuries.
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