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spine and joints painWe see a lot of patients , who sadly anounce to us: "But I've got Arthritis - nothing you can do". I would like to explain what it means and what can be done to get you feeling better.

Arthritis, according to the Oxford English Dictionary is an:

Inflammation of a joint, usually accompanied by pain, swelling, and stiffness, and resulting from infection, trauma, degenerative changes, metabolic disturbances, or other causes. It occurs in various forms, such as bacterial arthritis, osteoarthritis, or rheumatoid arthritis.

Therefore, there are hundreds of different "arthritis" out there. In most of the cases, when your doctor tells you that you've got Arthritis, they mean a "wear and tear" arthritis or a degenerative arthritis. We see hundreds of patients with this problem and you can see what it looks like below:

These are X-rays of the neck when looking at you from the side. You can see how in the process of wear and tear it changes from strong and supple to weak and sore.

normal neck cervical stage 1 cervical stage 2 cervical stage 3
Textbook normal Phase one Phase two Phase three

When all joints in your spine

are moving like a well oiled

machine, we can see normal

smooth curves with equal

disc spacing (discs are

cushions of the spine

and appear dark on

the x-ray). There

are no visible signs of


The curvatures are lost,


start to narrow. Some

misalignment and

malfunction with

soft tissue damage

and nerve irritation.

Disc narrowing,

calcium deposition,

bone spurs and nerve

irritation with more

soft tissue damage

and more pain.

Joint immobilisation,

bone fusion,

nerve atrophy,

scar tissue formation.

Severe bone spurs

and severe disc narrowing.

Prognosis Prognosis Prognosis Prognosis

Regular chiropractic

checkups are recommended

for early detection of

arthritis and to preserve the

function of the spine.

Return to near


may be expected

with appropriate

chiropractic care.

Slowing or stopping


be expected with


chiropractic care.

Slowing or stopping

may be expected

with appropriate

chiropractic care.


Arthritic "wear and tear" affects other joints in a similar way and it can not be reversed but chiropractors believe in stopping it from getting any further, thus restoring the overall function and reducing pain. Arthritis can develop very slowly or sometimes - rapidly. It has to be properly investigated and diagnosed every time and as early as possible.


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