Pain Management for Joint Pain

Whether it's your elbows, knees, shoulders, hands, or other areas of your body, joint pain can make the simplest tasks uncomfortable and sometimes impossible to accomplish. When you've got sore joints, it is annoying and can impact your personal life and even your job.

Like many people, you have probably tried every OTC pill, only to be disappointed with the results. If so, chiropractic care could be the answer regarding pain management for your stiff and aching joints. Should you be interested in this treatment approach, here's what you need to know.

What Causes Joint Pain?

When you have joint pain, it is most often due to either an illness or injury. For example, when you have the flu, lupus, mumps, or hepatitis, these illnesses can produce sore joints. If you sustain an injury, such as twisting or bending your knee or elbow awkwardly, the result can be moderate to severe joint pain.

For many people, especially those who do repetitive tasks on the job on a daily basis, overuse of a joint can produce pain. In fact, joint pain can be caused by everything from working out too hard and developing joint inflammation to serious diseases such as cancer.

Arthritis and Joint Pain


Of all the causes of joint pain, arthritis leads the way. The two most common forms are osteoarthritis (OA), which affects many adults age 40 or older, and rheumatoid arthritis (RA), which affects almost 2 million Americans.

When you have OA, your joint pain is caused by a breakdown of cartilage, which serves as a shock absorber, so to speak, for your joints. In cases of RA, this is caused by your body's immune system attacking joint membranes, resulting in inflammation, fluid buildup within the joints, and severe pain. Unfortunately, RA can and usually does deform and debilitate joints over time.

Using a combination of various treatments, a chiropractor can reduce your arthritis pain in a natural manner, without the use of surgery or medications. By doing so, the degenerative process of your arthritis can be slowed down significantly.

Once you begin chiropractic treatment, your joints can become better lubricated. This, coupled with joint and spinal manipulations when safe to do so, can realign your spine and keep your condition from getting worse. As a result, your joint pain is greatly reduced, while your quality of life is improved.

How Can Chiropractic Care Help Joint Pain?

When you choose chiropractic care for joint pain, it is a non-invasive treatment method that utilizes the body's ability to heal itself. To do so, a chiropractor focuses on your body structure and zeroes in primarily on your spine, muscles, joints, and nervous system.  In fact, one of the basic premises of chiropractic care is to improve the functionality of a patient's central nervous system.

Is Joint Manipulation Always Used for Joint Pain?


Not always. For example, if you have inflamed or infected joints, spinal manipulation is not the ideal course of treatment. Also, if you suffer from a severe form of arthritis or osteoporosis, joint manipulation is usually not used by your chiropractor. Instead, they will turn to other treatment methods that can prove to be quite effective.

What Are Other Chiropractic Treatment Methods?

Since most people tend to assume chiropractors only use various types of spinal and joint manipulation on their patients, it comes as a surprise to patients when they realize chiropractors have other treatment methods at their disposal.  

If you have joint pain, your chiropractor can work with you to help you learn various stretches and exercises that can manage your pain. Along with this, your treatment may include combinations of hot or cold therapy, ultrasound, soft-tissue therapy that helps massage the muscles and joints, and low-level laser treatments that can bring about much-needed relief from joint pain.

What If Your Joint Pain Resulted From an Accident?

If you now have joint pain due to being involved in a car accident, a slip or fall, or other situation that resulted in you being injured, a chiropractor should be a medical professional you turn to as quickly as possible for treatment.  

Since many chiropractors specialize in helping people overcome joint pain that results from these and other similar situations, they can recommend treatments that have stood the test of time and proven to be very effective in relieving joint pain.

Whether you have a chronic condition such as arthritis or now have joint pain following an injury, a licensed chiropractor can discuss the many benefits you may gain from pursuing this course of treatment.  

Rather than continue to see your arthritis worsen or let an injured knee, hip, or elbow keep you from having the mobility and quality of life you desire, see a chiropractor whose treatment methods may change your life for the better.

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