Do you have arthritis in your spine? How about the hips, shoulders and knees? Many people believe that having arthritis means they are destined to chronic pain. Well, the good news is that isn’t true!
Arthritis is a condition that takes years to form into the joints and is typically associated with joint degeneration and lots of wear and tear on the body. A traumatic injury or a whiplash injury from a car accident can start the process of arthritis much sooner that normal. After a car accident there may be a part of the spine that is unstable due to ligament damage around the spine. The bone then grows osteophytes attempting to anchor it into position to further stabilize that area. The body knows that due to instability or other damage that the area needs help to prevent further damage.
In a sense, arthritis is proof of the body’s innate intelligence on how to keep you going. It is the body’s attempt to stabilize an otherwise unstable area after car accidents. It is also the doy’s way of coping with chronic inflammation. The inflammation can also be due to a high inflammatory diet causing systemic inflammation. This can also be helped by getting the body more alkaline through consistent healthy nutrition and supplementation.
The good news is that you can still get pain relief even though you already have arthritis! Chiropractic care is the #1 conservative treatment to get the most our of your body and reduce the need for pain pills and anti-inflammatories.
Dr. Ryan Browning