Arthritis is a condition that affects your joints and the way they function. There are two common types of arthritis:
Osteoarthritis is by far the most common, and is associated with wear and tear on a joint, particularly one with poor function. The joints of our body are like any other mechanical joint — if they’re not in the right position, they wear out. One of the major causes of degeneration of bone, which is associated with osteoarthritis, is the reduction in the levels of synovial fluid (lubricant of the joint) causing the bones to grind over one another, wearing the joint out. We specialise in stimulating the flow of this synovial fluid back into the joint.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease. That means that the immune system attacks parts of the body. For reasons that aren’t clear, the joints are the main areas affected by this malfunction in the immune system. This is not as common as osteoarthritis but is usually more severe and can be debilitating in a much shorter period. We can help reduce symptoms and maintain joints by helping to improve the quality of movement and the alignment of RA-affected joints.
The earlier we treat an arthritic condition, the sooner we can stimulate the lubricant within the joint so the joint doesn’t wear out (a bit like a grease and oil change). This will ensure quality of life for years to come. While you ignore the condition because it’s not bothering you, irreversible damage may be occurring. Remember, pain usually only happens in the last 10 per cent of most conditions, and in many cases of arthritis you won’t even feel pain.