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What Causes Spinal Arthritis?

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Mon, Jan 20, 2014 @ 03:18 PM

arthritisPain, for millions of men and women over fifty the pain and inflammation of arthritis dominates their lives. It limits your activity and robs you of so many of life's simple joys. You can take back the pleasure in life you once knew without dangerous surgery or repeated spinal injections for pain. Functional disc rehydration is a better solution for treating osteoarthritis and chronic back pain. Combining therapy with lifestyle changes and moderate exercise can reduce the pain and inflammation to help you enjoy a more active, pain free life.

What causes spinal arthritis?

The pain and reduced range of motion from osteoarthritis is caused by the breakdown of the cartilage that cushions and protects the discs in your spine. As people age, this protective cushion can wear down causing arthritis pain and swelling. This leads to the degeneration of the discs and exacerbates the condition.

There are several factors that can increase the chances for developing spinal arthritis. Suffering a back injury, being overweight and doing work which involves a lot of repetitive movement increase your risk of developing osteoarthritis and other back problems.

Osteoarthritis can cause:

·       pain in the back and neck

·       stiffness

·       weakness and numbness in arms or legs

·       depression/emotional problems

·       reduced ability to function


Healthy discs

Healthy spinal discs, protected by cartilage, are soft and filled with a gel that helps provide normal flexibility and range of motion. Osteoarthritis occurs as the protective cushion between discs wears down and the discs begin to dry out. Untreated, this often leads to more serious conditions including stenosis, herniated discs and sciatica. Functional disc rehydration can help to restore spinal discs to a healthier state and alleviate the pain and swelling caused by arthritis without resorting to surgery or drugs.

Healing the damage

For years the public and most doctors assumed that once spinal discs became damaged the only recourse was surgery or to live with it and manage the pain. While it is true that the spinal discs can dehydrate and degenerate, they can also be regenerated through rehydration. A chiropractic specialist using functional disc rehydration therapy applies traction and compression therapies that help the spine get the water and nutrients it needs to heal and regenerate.

The therapy, unlike traditional treatments, or is much more than simply reducing pain and inflammation. Functional disc rehydration encourages the natural healing ability of the body and restores spinal discs to a healthier condition. Now arthritis sufferers finally have a better option. Don't just live with the pain, treat the source with functional disc rehydration.

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