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Relieving Low Back, Hip & Knee Arthritis Pain

Ifyou’re constantlyfacing lowerback, hip orknee pain—you might be feeling arthritis.According to the Centers forDisease Control, roughly 54.4million U.S. adults are diagnosedwith some form ofarthritis per year.Asweage,thecartilage inour jointswearsdown,causingpainful bone on bone rubbing, inflammation, stiffness, and pain. Whilethere isnocureforreplacingcartilageyet, it ispossibletoalleviate the symptoms ofarthritis, by improvingyour joint movement, muscle strength, balance, and coordination. It’s even possible to eliminate symptoms entirely, depending on the amount of arthritisyou have. If you have regular aches and pains, keep reading. We have a solution What Is Arthritis, Exactly? Before knowing how to relieve arthritic pain, you’ll need to un- derstand it. Arthritis—or the painful stiffness, or inflammation, of joints—isn’t a single disease. The term “arthritis” is an informal ex- planation of joint pain and disease in general. Over 100 types of arthritis exist, according to the Arthritis Founda- tion. People of all ages, races and sex can get it. It’s also the leading cause of ongoing disability in America. The most prevalent form of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which is caused by either injury or normal wear and tear. What Causes Lower Back, Hip and Knee Arthritis? Because arthritis is a catch-all term, pinpointingwhat causes arthritis

may be difficult. In most cases, arthritis is caused by overuse, wear and tear, or injuries. Arthritis can also be caused by: · Infections, such as Lyme disease · An immune system dysfunction - rheumatoid arthritis · The inheritance of osteoarthritis · An abnormal metabolism, which leads to gout For arthritis sufferers, even simply walking can cause pain in the lower back, hip or knee. Often, arthritis is a downward spiral of progressive pain, limiting movement and strength, which in turn causes more inactivity and pain. However, by improving joint movement, muscle strength, balance and coordination, this cycle can be broken, reducing pain and inflammation. Discover how our team of specialists at Courcier Clinic can get you moving pain-free again! Call Courcier Clinic at 405.478.5333 to schedule your appointment today!

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