Although there is not currently a treatment that is proven to slow down or even stop osteoarthritis in the spinal region, there are various treatments that will help to reduce pain and the other symptoms that are associated with osteoarthritis. These treatments provide help for osteoarthritis pain, and prevent the disease from becoming debilitating for patients. However, there are patients who have osteoarthritis and they do not have as much pain, and therefore, do not need the same level of treatment.
The patients who need treatment will receive numerous benefits from several changes in lifestyle in combination with any treatments provided by chiropractors. Effective lifestyle changes include:
- Stop smoking
- Weight loss
Many of the treatment plans that are offered to patients who are seeking help for osteoarthritis pain focus on alleviating and controlling pain, as well as helping the patient improve function and mobility. Medical doctors often prescribe medication to help with inflammation and even prescribe surgery in some cases. However, chiropractors offer natural treatments that do not have any side effects.
Non-Surgical Treatments as Help for Osteoarthritis Pain
When a patient is experiencing significant pain, it is critical that the osteoarthritis is diagnosed so the pain can be brought to a level that is manageable for the patient. This is necessary so the patient can continue with any necessary rehabilitation and exercise as well as continue with their ADLs (Activities of Daily Living).
The first line of pain management may include heat therapy, cold therapy and/or rest. Usually, a combination of these techniques is the most effective for patients.
Resting joints when they become sore can help reduce the amount of stress that is on the joint. Frequent rest also helps to alleviate muscle spasms and pain.
Cold Therapy/Heat Therapy
Patients who suffer with osteoarthritis often discover that heat therapy such as heat packs or hot towels can alleviate joint stiffness and pain. Warm showers and baths can also reduce inflammation and improve circulation. Heated pools may also provide some relief.
Cold therapy helps to numb soreness and pain in a joint. Cold packs, ice packs and even a bag of frozen vegetables can help to reduce pain.
You do not have to settle for surgery or dangerous medications when you want help for osteoarthritis pain. Schedule an appointment with a chiropractor today. Find out how natural osteoarthritis treatments can help eliminate your pain and improve your quality of life.
Are you suffering with severe spine and joint pain? If so, contact Dr. Renee White of Alpha Champion Chiropractic for an appointment.