Degenerative arthritis of the spine is one of the most commonly occurring disorders, limiting function in many people over 50 years of age.
Approximately 300,000 persons over 65 years of age are limited in their activities because of it. If everyone lives long enough, so it has been said, everyone will get degenerative arthritis. Degenerative arthritis, however, does not have to mean a hopeless and ongoing painful condition.
You Don’t Have To Suffer
While degenerative arthritis of the spine cannot be cured, the pain that accompanies it can often be improved with chiropractic and conservative rehabiliative treatment. Older Americans have learned this and have a very high rate of usage of chiropractic services. Researchers at the University of Iowa School of Medicine in a study of spinal pain of the 65 and over population, found that 75 percent had sought chiropractic treatment. In male subjects, more had seen chiropractors than medical doctors.
Why We May Help When Others Methods Don’t
Chiropractic and rehabilitative treatment seems to be effective for two reasons. The first is its ability to correct the spinal joint dysfunctions that are often the cause of pain. Degenerative arthritis weakens the spinal soft tissues that maintain joint function, causing frequent dysfunction in these persons.
The other reason chiropractic rehabilitative treatment is often helpful in degenerative arthritis is that it is effective in regulating spinal pain. In a study in the American Journal of Physical Medicine, researchers reported a 140 percent improvement in spinal pain tolerance following chiropractic manipulation. In a related study, chiropractic manipulation was also found to elevate circulating levels of endorphins, a powerful pain blocker released by the brain.
Great Results May Be Available For You
For many suffering from degenerative arthritis of the spine, chiropractic treatment can provide tremendous relief. No one should "just have to live with it" until he/she has tried the chiropractic services we provide.
Our office also offers non-surgical disc decompression treatment. While results cannot be guaranteed, many patients have avoided needless surgery or a dependency on pain pills by choosing conservative care in our integrated setting.