Joint pain and issues with body parts like the shoulders, knees, elbows and hips are pretty common in modern society. We see damage and discomfort in these specific areas quite a lot at our chiropractic clinic in Ealing – The Spine & Joint Centre.
Joint pain, however, can actually take many forms and have numerous causes. If you have a persistent problem, then it’s important to get yourself checked out properly and get a full diagnosis.
What Causes Joint Pain?
While there may be many possible causes of joint pain, the two most common are through an injury and arthritis (a term that generally covers inflammation in the joint). In older people, joint pain can become increasingly worse and maybe a sign of osteoarthritis, a degenerative condition affecting areas including the hips, shoulders or knees.
One of the most common areas where we get joint pain is the knee. This is not particularly surprising when you consider the amount of weight and stress we have to support through our knees. Inflammation of the joint lining here can be caused by an injury and often repairs itself if given time to rest.
It’s not just the joint that could be damaged, however. If you find you get more pain going up and downstairs, there may be an issue with the knee cap itself. People who have an injury might also bleed into the space made for the joints which can cause swelling and stiffness.
Pain in a single joint usually points to some kind of injury and it’s important not to over-exercise the area and make things worse. If symptoms persist for more than a couple of days, it’s vital to see a medical professional.
Pain in More Than One Joint
Rheumatoid arthritis is a one inflammatory disorder that can impact on more than one joint causing pain. This is an autoimmune disorder which also has an effect on other parts of the body. It’s basically a progressive disorder where the own immune system starts to attack the body. It gets gradually worse over time but often shows itself in locations like the joints, especially in the hands and feet.
Osteoarthritis may have some similar symptoms but is a degenerative condition that is the result of wear and tear on the joints. It is the most common type of arthritis and affects millions of people around the world. It’s normally seen in older people and varies dramatically from individual to individual. While it may occur in any joint in the body, the most common areas impacted are the knees, hands and hips.
Can Your Ealing Chiropractor Help With Joint Pain?
Any joint pain can be difficult to deal with, especially if you have a chronic condition. The first step in being able to help you and relieve your symptoms is to make a full diagnosis and discover what is happening with your joint or joints.
Pain and stiffness may well be successfully treated by using chiropractic techniques but a lot depends on the nature of the condition or injury itself. In some cases, resting the joint for a period of time will do far more good than any chiropractic manipulation.
With a condition like osteoarthritis, degeneration cannot be reversed but chiropractic manipulation should improve mobility and make a difference to the pain you may be feeling. Treatment might include gently moving your joint to improve stiffness as well as teaching you certain exercises to improve mobility.
No one person is the same, of course, and treatment will vary depending on where your joint pain is and what treatment is required to support it. If treatment by a chiropractor is not indicated because of the nature of the damage and your medical history, you may well be referred back to your GP for further investigation.
Chiropractic manipulations are designed to improve the movement of joints and can make a big difference to the amount of pain you feel and the flexibility of the area concerned. Contact your Ealing chiropractor at The Spine & Joint Centre today to book an appointment.