Friends and family can often tell you “It’s your age, you’ve just got to put up with it”? “Pain is related to age…we can not do anything about it”? So is pain and ageing compulsory?
A patient told me he was just old and asked what should he expect at his age.
Well, some things can’t be stopped or reversed, but some aches and pains are unnecessary.
So how do you know the difference?
Usually, arthritic pain starts gradually; it’s bothersome at the start, but not agony. It starts when some of the cartilage covering the ends of the bones roughens and becomes thin, then the bone thickens. So the pain is not sudden.
As time goes on (we’re talking months and years here, not days) the bone at the edges of the joint thicken and form bumpy bits called spurs or osteophytes. That’s why arthritic joints look a bit fatter than normal.
Of course, as all of this wear and tear happens it can cause pain, but it also causes a change in the way the joint works, which means the muscles can get tight, and the joints above and below have different strains put on them.
So, not only does the arthritic joint hurt, but you’ve now also got pain from the changes in the muscles and other joints. Treatment can help with all of these issues. Osteopaths focus treatment on muscle strains and joint pains and we can give you easy things to do at home to help keep the area mobile.
Patients believe pain is caused by arthritis. In reality, it may only be a muscle strain. The solution is good mechanics.
Good mechanics leads to reduced symptoms.
Treatment and the right exercises can achieve this:
- Enough movement in a joint
- Strong muscles to support the joint
- No tight muscles compressing the joint
So, don’t sit there and blame your age – get the right exercises and treatment. You don’t have to put up with it!
Pain and ageing; all treatments at Arbuckle Osteopathy end with advice on lifestyle choices or exercises for stretching or strengthening.