Arthritis and Spinal Degeneration
What disease affects 80%-90% of individuals, without discriminating between male and female, by the age of 65? spinal degeneration. It is the most common type of joint disease. The areas most frequently affected are the hips, knees, lower back, hands, and feet. Characterized by progressive erosion of articular cartilage, the disease slowly consumes the natural defenses of the joints. In certain, rarer cases, 10%-20% of the population will develop symptoms early due to repetitive trauma to spinal joints, developmental deformities, or the disease process.
In order to avoid spinal degeneration, the joints must move. To prevent the disease of “wear and tear,” exercise is a proven defense against Arthritis. Keeping the body fit by working out two to three times a week will strengthen the core muscles and joints. Swimming, hiking, walking, and dancing are all effective means. Stretching regularly, using methods such as an inversion table or yoga will also help prevent the disease process. You need to move more, in order to hurt less.
Committing to a weight loss program or a well balanced diet is yet another effective resistance against the progression of Degenerative Arthritis. Nutritional supplements like Biotics De-tox Program, Biomega3 fatty acids, alongside foods like onions, garlic, pineapple, spinach, and spices like ginger and turmeric to prevent inflammation, are all important aspects of a healthy diet. Do not smoke, and limit alcohol intake. In addition to releasing deadly carcinogens, which have been linked to several types of cancer, smoking is connected to the degeneration of the cartilaginous discs that lie between vertebrae. Alcohol can contribute to weight gain, which increases pressure on joints and accelerate the disease process, and negatively interacts with medication.
When sitting or standing, maintain correct posture. Using a back support and being in tune with one’s body will result in gradual correction of posture. When posture is constantly maintained, the muscles in the core and back are strengthened. The curve of the neck is normalized, as is the curve of the spine; this assists in the overall prevention of Arthritis.
In addition to these three methods, regular Chiropractic adjustments can put a stop to the effects of spinal degeneration. By targeting Subluxations – the movement of vertebrae in the spine – adjustments relieve pressure from nerves and spinal discs. Why Chiropractic care? By releasing this pressure, and moving vertebrae back to their rightful positions in the spine, nerves are allowed to send signals without disruption. This allows the body to react more quickly and efficiently against diseases like Arthritis. If you keep a healthy spine, you resist dis-ease.
Rather than using anti-inflammatory and pain management medications, implement natural methods like exercise, a balanced diet, and correct posture, along with regular Chiropractic adjustments to combat the effects of Degenerative Arthritis.
Dr. Becerra has been practicing in Murrieta for over 12 years, and is one of the leading Chiropractors in Murrieta, providing high quality chiropractic care for the entire family. Visit Dr. Becerra’s office in Murrieta, California to learn about how chiropractic care can assist in the prevention of spinal degeneration in your life, or call us.