What is Degenerative Joint Disease?
Degenerative joint disease is the most common form of arthritis in the U.S., resulting in bone breakdown, and the loss of cartilage over time. There are over 3 million reported cases of degenerative joint disease in the U.S. each year, yet there is still no cure currently for this condition. However, there are many different effective ways in which it can be treated. With the help of our physical therapists at Life Health Medical Clinic, we will not only help to restore your health with an individualized treatment plan, be we can also help you to finally find relief from this debilitating condition.
Who is at Risk for Degenerative Joint Disease?
27 million Americans of age 25 and older are currently suffering from degenerative joint disease. And those surpassing their 40’s and 50’s have an even higher increasing percentage rate due to aging, genetics, obesity, or from simply practicing a repetitive job over and over a period of multiple years.
What are the Signs and Causes?
Those who suffer from degenerative joint disease typically experience pain in the joints throughout the musculoskeletal system while it is mobile. Generally, the cartilage is worn down over time, causing bones to rub against each other. As a result, one will experience a decrease in range of motion, as well as chronic joint pains. The most common places in the body that experience pain from degenerative joint disease are the hands, knees, hips, spine, and neck regions.
Degenerative Joint Care
At Life Health Medical Clinic, we can help if you have suffering from degenerative joint disease, by finding relief through our customized functional rehabilitation programs, which are designed with your individual needs in mind. Our physical therapists will focus on putting your body back to it’s proper alignment with functionality medicine in mind. We have been providing relief from degenerative joint care therapy to Salt Lake Valley residents over the past 10 years, and we will help you to finally get relief, as well.
What are Spinal Discs?
Spinal discs are rubber-like ligaments located between each of the vertebra in the spine. Each is designed to act as a shock absorber, and also as a glue, if you will, to hold all of the vertebrae pieces together. They allow more flexibility for the back, and also act as a protective encasing for the fragile spinal cord located within the spinal column itself.
Causes of Damaged and Ruptured Discs
Slipped and herniated discs can be a result of overexertion, heavy lifting, repetitive movements, obesity, athletic activities, or traumatic injuries. If a person becomes involved in an accident of some kind, or if they experience a harsh fall, the ligaments can either become misplaced or misaligned, resulting in a slipped or herniated disk. Also, when our bodies begin to age, the discs start losing their pliability. This will also cause them to become more susceptible to regular wear and tear.
Signs of Slipped Disks
Those who might be suffering from disc problems could be experiencing pain and numbness centralized to one side of the body, which could potentially extend to the arms and legs, as well. At times, patients may experience more pain in the evenings when they lie down for bed, or after sitting or standing for more prolonged periods of time. Other red flags could also be muscle weakness, tingling, aching or burning in the affected areas throughout the body.
Treatment for Disc Problems
Up to 90% of people suffering from disc problems can find relief without the need for surgery or medications. Our physical therapists at Life Health Medical Clinic will design an individual patient treatment plan with your specific needs in mind. Our structural integration methods are not only just for treating symptoms, but they are also created with your complete health in mind to help restore your overall quality of life. We have been helping Salt Lake Valley residents to find relief from disc problems and pains for over 10 years. Please call us today to schedule an appointment for your consultation visit, and get back on track to living the life you deserve!