Commonly asked questions.

1) What makes the sound when I get adjusted?

Joints have a joint capsule around them, within this capsule is synovial fluid. The fluid lubricates the joint and prevents friction. Synovial fluid is composed of various gases, carbon dioxide, nitrogen and oxygen. When the joint capsule gets stretched the gases escape making the sound.

NO IT IS NOT YOUR BONES RUBBING TOGETHER!!

2) What is osteoarthritis? It’s a degenerative process caused by abnormal wear and tear. It can be exacerbated by a trauma, joint restriction causing abnormal biomechanics, more commonly seen in the elderly.

Unhealthy joint: top photo shows onset on osteoarthritis.

Healthy joint

Keeping joints moving keeps them from sustaining unbalanced forces of gravity over time and developing osteoarthritis.

Wolff’s Law

States that a healthy person or animal will adapt to the loads under which it is placed. This law states there is a close relationship between mechanical loading and bone strength. On an unbalanced spine the bone growth will happen asymmetrically, on joints that lose their cartilage and bone spurs develop. Osteoarthritis is Wolff’s law in action. As chiropractors we restore symmetry, insure joint mobility, and thereby create conditions that maintain the possibility of a better long-term outcome for the joint.

3) What is the difference between rheumatoid Arthritis and osteoarthritis? Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune condition and often has a familial origin. Rheumatoid arthritis is diagnosed with a blood test , osteoarthritis is a wear and tear phenomenon and is diagnosed with an x- ray. Both result in damaged joints, however the treatment is different. Rheumatoid arthritis responds well to an anti-inflammatory diet, and medication if severe. Osteoarthritis responds well to restoring proper alignment and increasing joint motion with chiropractic care. Nutritional supplements such as glucosamine sulphate (as long as no shellfish allergy), fish oils and collagen are helpful for many people.

Occasionally someone will have both types. For instance rheumatoid arthritis in the hands and osteoarthritis in the hip joints.

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