Arthritis Care Awareness Week

.arthritis care awareness weekThe Charity, Arthritis Care says, in its published leaflet on Complementary Therapies that Chiropractic adjustments of affected joints in the spine and elsewhere may be of benefit to Arthritis sufferers because it can improve mobility and relieve pain. They say – “regular adjustment may keep joints healthier and more mobile, while also reducing pain and slowing down further damage.”¹

Ealing Chiropractors Johan C. Jeronimus DC DACNB and Jake Cooke MChiro DACNB points out that during the annual Arthritis Care Awareness Week, during May this year, Arthritis Care are focusing on raising awareness about the symptoms of pain, inflammation and joint stiffness that afflicts sufferers and can lead to depression and social isolation.

Many patients of Johan and Jake’s Neuroworks Chiropractic practice have Arthritis and find that regular treatments and exercises to do at home that increase mobility, along with advice on lifestyle, diet and nutrition are immensely beneficial in improving mobility and decreasing pain symptoms, helping them to continue with the daily activities they enjoy.

If Arthritis is becoming a real pain – and preventing you from enjoying life as you should, please call your Ealing Chiropractor today on 020 8566 3757 to arrange an initial appointment.

Arthritis in the UK

Surprisingly, around 9 million of us here in the UK suffer from Arthritis and although it is true that older people are more likely to be affected by the most common form, Osteoarthritis, the autoimmune types, including Ankylosing Spondylitis, Psoriatic Arthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis, are more likely to affect children and younger adults.

Symptoms vary but commonly include joint stiffness and inflammation, reduced mobility, and pain. These symptoms can seriously restrict a person’s working life and social activities and can lead to isolation and depression.

There is no cure for Arthritis, it is a life-long condition, so management with anti-inflammatory medications and close monitoring of symptoms is vital to ensure that further joint degeneration is minimised as far as possible.

How Can Chiropractic Benefit Arthritis Sufferers?

Your Ealing Chiropractor points out that while Chiropractic treatment is entirely drug free, it will never be suggested that you stop taking any medication prescribed for you – although it is definitely the case that some patients are able to reduce pain relief and anti-inflammatory medications in conjunction with their GPs, due to an improvement in their symptoms.

At your initial, assessment appointment, a comprehensive health check and physical exam will ascertain whether Chiropractic is appropriate in your case as treatment is not recommended for Rheumatoid Arthritis patients during a ‘flare up’, or for patients with active inflammation or infection (for example).

At Neuroworks, if Chiropractic is appropriate for you, at your first appointment your treatment plan and full details of costs are explained and any other questions you may have will be answered.

If you are an Arthritis sufferer or have a friend or family member who is, you can contact the Arthritis Care charity, via their website (https://www.arthritiscare.org.uk/) or on their freephone helpline 0808 800 4050. This is available all year round, not just during Arthritis Care Week and is a free and confidential service. ²

Please do not delay seeking help for this painful condition – there may not be a cure (yet), but your  Ealing Chiropractor can help you to improve your mobility, reduce symptoms of pain and continue to be more mobile with exercises you can do at home.

References:

¹ https://www.arthritiscare.org.uk/assets/000/001/679/ComplementaryTherapies_170117_final_(web)_original.pdf

² https://www.arthritiscare.org.uk/our-services-and-support/helpline

Osteoarthritic Changes of the Hip

hip painOsteoarthritic changes of the hip can cause pain, swelling and deformity of the joint. Many people are unaware that Chiropractors can play a key role in the conservative management of hip Osteoarthritis.

Ealing Chiropractor at Neuroworks Chiropractic, Johan C Jeronimus DC DACNB, explains that Chiropractors are healthcare professionals who focus on the diagnosis and treatment and even prevention of a number of biomechanical problems. At Neuroworks, Johan and his colleague, Jake Cooke MChiro DACNB, use their expertise in joint and soft tissue work, combined with counselling on appropriate changes to lifestyle and diet, and advice on beneficial, appropriate exercises that patients can do at home.

Their ongoing support provides a holistic approach that can be a standalone or an adjunct to treatments and/or medications prescribed by GPs or Specialists. Should surgery be necessary, it can help with pre-op preparations and post-op rehabilitation. If you have a diagnosis of Hip Osteoarthritis, please call to arrange an appointment on 020 8566 3757 at your Ealing Chiropractor today.

What Is Hip Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is a condition that usually worsens over many years. Inflammation or an injury to the hip joint causes the cartilage, a rubbery material that forms a protective coating over the ends of bones, to break down. This erodes the protective function of the cartilage, causing it to be less effective at reducing friction and acting as a ‘shock absorber’. The result is joint stiffness, pain that can range from a dull ache to a sharp, stabbing and localised swelling. All this can be very debilitating, causing problems in walking.

What Causes Osteoarthritis Of The Hip Joint?

Factors that can increase the potential for developing hip Osteoarthritis include growing older or having had an injury to the joint. However, highlighted during the recent Obesity Awareness Week (9th-15th January here in the UK)¹ is the fact that being overweight can be a major factor too, causing additional stress on all weight-bearing joints, including the hip.

Hip Arthritis Symptoms

Hip Osteoarthritis can develop slowly, over time. Symptoms you might notice include:

  • Stiffness in the joint when getting out of bed, or after sitting for long periods (after a long car journey, for example)
  • A reduction in the range of movement of one or both hip joints
  • Pain, ranging from a dull ache to a sharp stabbing in the hip area
  • Swelling or a feeling of tenderness in the joint
  • Crunching or grinding sounds from the hip area during activity that might indicate cartilage degeneration

Diagnosis and Treatment

Often, a GP referral for an X-ray will show the telltale signs of hip Osteoarthritis that can include bone spurs developing on the margins of the joint and narrowing of the joint itself. However, there is no single, definitive test for diagnosis of the condition and often a combination of physical examination and X-rays will provide the answers.

Surgery for Hip Arthritis

Hip resurfacing is an interim surgical option that replaces the affected hip joint surfaces – but by covering the ball joint of the thigh bone of the thigh bone rather than replacing it. The thigh bone is preserved in its entirety so that hip replacement could be carried out in future, should this prove necessary.

In hip replacement surgery, the head of the femur is replaced with a metal ball and the socket part of the joint is resurfaced and lined.

How Can Chiropractic Help?

At your Ealing Chiropractor, Neuroworks Chiropractic, our holistic approach aims to improve the mobility of each patient and to help with the reduction of pain. We can provide nutritional advice including suggested dietary changes and supplementation. We can also teach safe and appropriate strengthening and stretching exercises.

Our conservative and drug-free treatments can be hugely beneficial, especially when excess weight is a contributory factor. These conservative measures may delay or even prevent the need for invasive surgical intervention. Please call us today and arrange an appointment to discuss the treatment options and alternatives available to you.

¹ Neuroworks Chiropractic wholeheartedly supports the aims of National Obesity Week but is not affiliated with, nor endorsed by The National Obesity Forum.