‘I’ve been told that I have wear and tear, degenerative changes or arthritis. Is there anything that can be done to help me?’
This is a frequently asked question. The important fact, based upon medical research, is that pretty much everybody gets signs of ‘wear and tear’, it’s a normal state of play, but not everybody gets pain! It is also that case that people get pain without any signs of wear and tear, arthritis, or degeneration.
In my experience, the advice that you’ve got wear and tear/arthritis/degenerative joints is an, often, over-simplified explanation, often given to individuals, to explain their symptoms. (There is some correlation to individuals who have marked signs of degeneration). The issue, I find with this, is, that people tend to come away from a consultation with the feeling that there is nothing that can be done, and they have to live with their symptoms.
The good news is that this is, therefore, also, not always the case.
Treatment designed to improve how the joints and tissues move, means that we will be addressing the reason why you are getting pains. The pain is there as a result of abnormal loading of structures, so improve the movement, you will improve the pain.
The arthritis is the response that the system has to those abnormal loads, so if we improve how we move, making it more comfortable, then we are addressing the root cause of these sorts of problems.