Osteoarthritis and Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) are prevalent causes of pain and impairment in aging adults. However, there are some things you can do to avoid developing Osteoarthritis and DDD. Making lifestyle and dietary changes can help. Chiropractic can help to prevent Osteoarthritis and DDD. Adjusting your spine and joints can prevent joint and disc degeneration and the damage that leads to degenerative conditions from developing.
What is Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that occurs when the cartilage in joints wears down, causing the bones to rub against each other. The most common joints affected are the knees, hips and spine.
Degenerative Disc Disease
DDD is a chronic disorder caused by worn and injured intervertebral discs. Once the discs are injured, Degenerative Disc Disease can cause pain and discomfort. When the discs are injured, they can no longer provide the cushioning that enables the spine to flex and move. DDD may be avoided and treated with early, proper diagnosis and treatment.
Is Degenerative Disc Disease Age Related?
DDD can develop at almost any age. While ageing might play a role in the development of DDD, most persons with DDD have a history of past injuries. Furthermore, untreated injuries can cause the disc to wear down, resulting in DDD. This is why it is critical to see a Chiropractor following a spine or neck injury or surgery. Chiropractors specialize in spinal health, allowing us to identify and correct any issues that may eventually develop into Degenerative Disc Disease.
What Is The Difference Between Osteoarthritis and DDD
The main difference between Osteoarthritis and Degenerative Disc Disease is that DDD refers to the degeneration of spinal discs. Osteoarthritis is when the cartilage between the bones of the joints wears down. Osteoarthritis can occur in any joint, but DDD occurs in the discs between the vertebrae of the spine.
Causes of Osteoarthritis and DDD
A multitude of factors can cause Osteoarthritis and DDD. Obesity, genetics, and metabolic illnesses like diabetes increase the likelihood of developing Osteoarthritis and DDD. However, repetitive stress injuries and misdiagnosed, untreated, or inadequately treated injuries are the most prevalent causes. Suppose you have a history of injuries, such as a sports injury, a work injury, or a vehicle accident. In that case, you should consult a Chiropractor to determine your risk of Osteoarthritis and DDD. Early diagnosis and treatment can reduce the odds of developing Osteoarthritis and DDD.
How Chiropractic Can Help to Prevent Osteoarthritis and DDD
Chiropractic can help reduce the risk of Osteoarthritis and degenerative disc disease by adjusting the spine and joints. Chiropractic adjustments help to restore motion and mobility to our bodies’ joints that do not have a direct blood supply. The fluid that nourishes joints is known as “synovial fluid.” The cartilage in our joints is lubricated by synovial fluid. When a Chiropractor adjusts a joint, old synovial fluid is expelled, and new synovial fluid is introduced. Fresh synovial fluid distributes critical nutrients to the joint, keeping it healthy and functioning correctly.
Change Your Habits
In addition to visiting your chiropractor, lifestyle changes also play an essential role in the prevention of Osteoarthritis and DDD. Our team of doctors and specialists can help advise you on the best lifestyle changes to help support your treatment and prevent the development of Osteoarthritis.
Change Your Diet
Your diet plays a vital role in your health. Eating a well-balanced diet with plenty of omega-3 fatty acids can help prevent Osteoarthritis and DDD. In addition, food that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids can be added to your diet to help maintain a healthy spine and joints.
The most effective strategy to Treat Degenerative Disc Disease and Osteoarthritis is to eliminate the risk factors that contribute to its development. The most effective preventative approach is early identification. For example, suppose you are an athlete or work in a physically demanding job. In that case, frequent visits to your chiropractor can help maintain your joints healthy and strong. Osteoarthritis and DDD are the most prevalent causes of joint pain and impairment, particularly in senior citizens, but they do not have to be. The best route to avoid them is to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. A good diet, regular exercise programme, and routine health exams can minimize the risk of Osteoarthritis and DDD.
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