Joint pain can happen to us at any time. At work, playing sport or just general everyday activities can result in injury and stress to our joints. Most commonly shoulders, wrists, hips and knees are the affected joints.
Arthritis, spondylitis or rheumatics are names normally given to the pain and stiffness resulting from wear and tear to your joints. They can occur in any joint of your body, including your spinal vertebrae, but chiropractic may often relieve the pain.
There are however, some types of arthritis – such as rheumatoid arthritis – that also involves periods of inflammation and destruction of the joints causing severe pain. Although chiropractors cannot treat the cause to this kind of arthritis, they may be able to help relieve the disability that results from it once the inflammatory phase is over.
Poor posture, repetitive strain and injury are usually the cause of joint pain. Our therapists will conduct a thorough osteopathic examination in order to diagnose the affected areas. Early detection of injured joints means a better chance of a good recovery and better long-term health.
If you are fit and healthy you will most likely recover from joint pain and injury within a few days However, the repetitive strains that we place upon our bodies means that we sometimes lose the ability to recover fully with each injury and strain. If left untreated over a period of years, the joints can become damaged and arthritic.
Other joint problems, caused by repeated trauma, that chiropractors treat include:
- Shoulder pain
- Tennis elbow
- Golfer’s elbow
- Knee pain
Chiropractic to treat joint pain
We use a range of techniques to reduce pain, improve function and increase mobility, including hands-on manipulation of the spine. As well as manual treatment, we are able to offer a package of care which includes advice on self-help, therapeutic exercises and lifestyle changes.