Arthritis and Scar Tissue

Scar tissue is part of the body’s natural response to damage. External scar tissue has a structure different than that of the skin. In scar tissue, collagen proteins grow in a single direction rather than in a multidirectional pattern, as they do in healthy skin. The structure makes a scar tissue less elastic, which may cause it to feel tight or to restrict a person’s range of movement. Scar tissue may cause pain in several ways. Sometimes, the pain is due to skin tightness, which may make it more difficult to move freely.

Watch Dr. Michael Dorn demonstrate how scar tissue works.

In other cases, scar tissue pain occurs due to nerve damage resulting from the original injury. If the wound was deep and affected nerves or tendons, a person might have long-term symptoms, such as pain or numbness, in the affected area. Some people experience scar tissue pain because of fibrosis, which occurs when the body grows an excessive amount of scar tissue. Fibrosis causes adhesions that may lead to ongoing pain, inflammation, and loss of function of the tissue joint. Fibroblasts, which are cells that form during scar tissue growth, are responsible for fibrosis. If the fibroblasts do not clear over time, they cause prolonged inflammation. Other symptoms associated with scar tissue include itching, swelling, and tenderness or sensitivity.

Scar tissue consists of contracted connective tissue that is fibrous as well as dense. When someone suffers from an excess in the build up of scar tissue, they can experience extreme pain and arthritis. Arthritis is one of the most common conditions plaguing the aging population today. Arthritis can cause recurrent, depilating pain. Arthritis is the inflammation of the bodies’ joints that can cause discomfort, aches, pain, decreased range of motion, and stiffness in the joints that worsens as you age. The nurse practitioners and chiropractors and Physical Therapy staff at Whole Body Healthcare, located in Baltimore, Maryland, believe that sound bone and joint structure is key to helping your body function at the optimal level, so seeking treatment for arthritis is vital.

There are many different types of arthritis, from acute to severe, that affect more than 50 million Americans each year. The two most common types of arthritis are Rheumatoid Arthritis, which is a persistent inflammatory disorder in joints, and Osteoarthritis, which is a progressive disorder plaguing flexible joint cartilage.

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