Manual joint adjustments and stretching should be used as part of the care of osteoarthritis particularly of the hip, according to the latest gold standard recommendations published by the UK National Institute of Clinical Evidence (NICE) .
The New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association points out that manual care as practised by chiropractors is highlighted in the new recommendations citing strong evidence for the benefit of joint adjustments alone compared with exercise instead of early use of pharmaceuticals.
Dr Hayden Thomas, chiropractor and spokesperson for the New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association explains: ‘This latest guidance has called for a sea change in the way we approach the problem, urging everyone to stop thinking of osteoarthritis as an aging or wear and tear condition and regard it instead as a natural repair process that, with help from the health care professional and patient, often leads to a better functioning, pain free joint.’
` There are several myths about osteoarthritis. For a start it isn’t wear and tear or old age – it is actually inflammation of a particular joint from injury or altered biomechanics and it’s not bone on bone. It’s a whole joint disorder – all involved in an inflammation repair process, which means your body is trying actively to make you better or stabilise an area under strain.