Arthritic Pain

A Natural Alternative to Pain Killers

Most people suffer from arthritis at some point in their life. Arthritis occurs due the natural wear and tear of the articular cartilage on the joint surfaces. Cartilage acts as a cap on the bone and stops the bones from actually touching. Certain conditions, genetics, injuries and lifestyle can affect the rate arthritis develops. Its common in the low back and neck because these areas are under natural compression from the weight of the head, torso and gravity.

In order to maintain good function joints have to move. This allows synovial fluid, that bathes the joint surfaces, to flow and supply nutrition to the articular cartilage,  like natural WD-40. When joints become stiff or restricted the synovial fluid cannot flow the cartilage can flake off and become damaged through lack of nutrition exposing the underlying bone which is very pain sensitive. Typically patients will have symptoms of pain, stiffness and sometimes swelling, especially if they have not moved for a while.

Some painkillers and anti-inflammatorys medications can help but unfortunately long-term use can cause side effects that are both harmful and addictive plus they often treating the symptoms and not the cause.

Osteopathic treatment aims to increase the circulation of the synovial fluid by removing joint restrictions and mobilising the joints, thus increasing nutrition to the cartilage. A specific exercise program is given to maintain joint movement and together patients typically notice longer lasting results.

Recent evidence has shown that osteopathy is more effective than medication alone and patients under osteopathic care require less medication.

Osteopathic treatment does have limitations and its important to recognise them. Sometimes treatment may not have the desired effect and as a result we always give you an honest appraisal of your condition and prognosis. If symptoms are not improving we will try to give you the best advice on how to proceed.