Disorders

Some of the more common disorders a chiropractor deals with are: 

Arthritis

Arthritis, sometimes called degenerative joint disease or degenerative arthritis, is linked to changes in the cartilage and the synovial fluid of the joints. If these changes occur in the spinal column, this is called discopathy and osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis can arise in a number of ways. The most common cause is the wear and tear that happens naturally as one gets older. But strain or repetitive injuries from sport or certain types of work, for example, can also play a role. 

Degenerative arthritis is a slow process that often starts with stiffness, limited movement and creaking sounds – “as if there is sand in the joints”. Inflammation of the joint and pain only become noticeable late in the irreversible process of degeneration. By improving the function of the joints and restoring the balance of the spinal column, the degeneration process can be slowed down and the pain reduced. This is the reason that the chiropractor will try to get the spinal column moving as much as it can. While many patients hear “you will have to learn to live with arthritis” or “there is nothing else that can be done”, a chiropractor will definitely be able to help relieve the symptoms and ease the pain. Unfortunately the degeneration that has already taken place cannot be regained. Similarly, the stiffness cannot always be reduced. The body uses this stiffness as a protection mechanism to prevent bad movements.
 

If you have painful, stiff joints once in a while, it is advisable to take preventive measures and have your spinal column examined by a chiropractor. The degeneration process could be reduced by improving the balance of the spinal column and the posture, so that your joints and nerves have the best possible chance of remaining healthy and strong for the rest of your life.

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis, or decreased bone density, is a natural phenomenon in which the bone tissue breaks down. People with osteoporosis break bones easily; just a little accident may result in a broken wrist or hip. Even a simple action such as picking something up, for example a bag of shopping, or an unlucky step off the pavement can break a vertebra, causing a collapse of the vertebra or a compression fracture.

The absorption of calcium by the bones is regulated by hormones. This hormonal process changes in women after menopause. This explains why osteoporosis is more often found in women over the age of 50. At least 800,000 people in the Netherlands suffer from osteoporosis. Early diagnosis can limit the effects of osteoporosis. This is a condition in which “prevention is better than cure” definitely applies. While lost bones can rarely be recovered, further bone loss can be prevented and the remaining bones can be strengthened with medicine. Chiropractors use techniques adapted to treating patients with osteoporosis. 

Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a condition in which the spinal column grows curved, giving a sideways bend. It is a condition which usually becomes noticeable at a young age. How can you check if your child has scoliosis? Have your child stand with his/her back to you and bend forwards slowly. Look closely at the shape of the spine and the position of the shoulder blades. If there is a bend in the spine (gibbus) then there is a good chance that your child has scoliosis. You can always have your child examined by a chiropractor.

The cause of the condition can lie in disorders of the bone, the nerves, the muscles or the connective tissue. In 80% of the cases however, the cause of scoliosis remains unknown. This is known in the medical world as idiopathic scoliosis. This is just one of the reasons why screening of school children’s spine is important. Scoliosis, and certainly at a young age, may not be painful, but it can, for example, hinder the proper working of the lungs. The earlier that scoliosis is diagnosed and treated, the greater the chance of successful treatment. Chiropractors are able to treat most forms of scoliosis, assuming that the condition is not at an advanced stage, the patient is not too old, and the degree of curvature is not too extreme. At a later age while the scoliosis itself remains, treatment can reduce the muscle tension, improve the ability to function and relieve many associated symptoms.

Scoliosis is a condition in which the spinal column grows curved, giving a sideways bend. It is a condition which usually becomes noticeable at a young age. How can you check if your child has scoliosis? Have your child stand with his/her back to you and bend forwards slowly. Look closely at the shape of the spine and the position of the shoulder blades. If there is a bend in the spine (gibbus) then there is a good chance that your child has scoliosis. You can always have your child examined by a chiropractor.

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