Each joint in the body has its own unique structure and function, chiropractors are trained to treat all joints of the body. You may be tempted just to put up with the joint pain, however we use our joints for almost everything, keeping them in good working condition prevents stresses and strains being placed onto other joints.
The joint pain may be accompanied by a stiffness in the joint and swelling. You may also notice the pain spreading into the joints above and below due to increased strain as you alter how you are using the painful joint. Joint pain can be caused by injury to the tendons, ligaments and bursae surrounding a joint it can also affect the cartilage, ligaments and bones within the joint.
Joint pain can also be caused by processes which cause inflammation such as arthritis, the two most common types of arthritis are rheumatoid and osteoarthritis.
Repetitive movements, overuse, poor posture and being overweight can cause increased levels of joint pain over time, trauma and falls are also causes of joint pain.
Goals of Chiropractic Care The main goals of chiropractic care in the treatment of Joint pain include:
- Reduce pain
- Increase range of motion
- Improve joint movement patterns
- Improve muscle firing patterns
- Stimulate nerves
- Improve joint and spinal function