The Impact of Soft Tissue Injuries on Arthritis Development

Injuries can happen to anyone, and while some may seem minor and insignificant at the time, they can have long-lasting effects on our bodies. One area where this is particularly true is with soft tissue injuries to the spine and joints. These injuries, although not as noticeable as fractures, can lead to significant problems, such as arthritis, years or even decades later.

When we injure the soft tissues of our body, such as muscles, ligaments, and tendons, they go through a healing process. However, this healing process doesn’t always result in a complete recovery. In many cases, the injured area may not heal properly, leading to structural imbalances.


Let me tell you about a few recent new patients that came to me for care:

Example #1

A woman in her late fifties came to me with pain in her right hip. She had been to her primary care physician who told her it was hip arthritis. That doctor sent her to an orthopedic surgeon who told her the only thing he could offer was a steroid injection into her hip. The surgeon ordered an MRI of her hip that didn’t show any arthritis.

No seeing the long term wisdom of a steroid injection she came to my office. My examination showed some weakness in her right foot and ankle that was coming from her lower back. Here’s where her history came up. Like most of us she’d been involved in a number of traumas ranging from falls to car accidents. 

X-rays of her lower back showed degenerative arthritis in her lower lumbar spine, the long term consequence of chronic stress and imbalance. Chiropractic care can’t reverse that arthritis but it can help bring her back into balance. 

The Result: She had been experiencing severe hip pain for 4 months before seeing me. Within a week she was experiencing significant relief. And, after a month her pain is often absent and mild when it does show up. 


These structural imbalances cause the body to adapt and compensate. For example, if we injure our knee, we may start favoring the other leg, putting uneven stress on our joints. Over time, this uneven stress can accelerate wear and tear on the joints and result in degenerative arthritis or osteoarthritis.

What makes this situation particularly tricky is that even if the initial pain from the injury resolves quickly, the underlying imbalances can continue to affect the body. This means that years or even decades later, we may start experiencing symptoms of arthritis that seem to have come out of nowhere.


So, what can we do to prevent or minimize the potential long-term effects of soft tissue injuries on arthritis? This is where corrective chiropractic care comes in.

Chiropractic care focuses on bringing the body back into balance and reducing stress to the joints and nervous system. By addressing any structural imbalances caused by past injuries, chiropractors can help prevent or slow down the progression of arthritis.

For those living in the Grass Valley area, Life Chiropractic offers specialized chiropractic care that can help alleviate the pain, misery, and limitations associated with arthritis. Their team of experienced chiropractors understands the intricacies of soft tissue injuries and can provide personalized treatment plans to address your specific needs.

Don’t wait until the pain of arthritis becomes unbearable. Take action now to ensure a healthier future for your joints. Consider seeking corrective chiropractic care to address any lingering imbalances from past injuries and reduce the risk of developing arthritis.

Remember, even seemingly minor injuries can have long-term consequences. By prioritizing your joint health today, you can minimize the pain, misery, and limitations of arthritis in the years to come.

About Dr. Berkowitz  

Bringing more than 3 decades of practice experience, Dr. Bill Berkowitz focuses on balancing and corrective care, applying his expertise to provide patients with predictable, repeatable and measurable results.

Dr. Bill consistently strives to enhance the well-being of his patients by addressing the root imbalances of their problems and promoting optimal balance, alignment, and function of the spine and nervous system.  

Bill’s wealth of knowledge and experience has allowed him to develop a nuanced understanding of the human body and its intricate connections. With each adjustment, he supports the body in returning to a state of balance that goes beyond mere symptom relief, focusing instead on long-term correction for his patients’ well-being. 

Make sure to subscribe to Dr Berkowitz’s social media pages where he regularly posts tips, insights and valuable information.

Facebook: Life Chiropractic Facebook
YouTube: Life Chiropractic YouTube
Instagram: Life Chiropractic Instagram
Schedule your first visit here: Schedule Here