The joints are the connectors for the bones, and they help the body move correctly. There are many different kinds of joints in the body. Some joints are stable and barely move while others move freely in many different ways. When the joints move properly, they allow the muscles and ligaments to work perfectly. However, when the joints become swollen or have restricted movement, serious pain or movement problems can develop. Chiropractic care is geared towards alleviating joint issues in a non-invasive manner.
Joint pain happens for a variety of different reasons. Extra weight can cause joint pain, especially on the weight-bearing joints like the hips and the knees. Joint pain is often the result of arthritis, as it causes inflammation and swelling. Ligament injuries are also tied to joint pain in some cases.
The chiropractor's goal is to identify the cause of the joint pain and then deal with the problem directly at its roots. By correcting the joint pain where it began, the pain can be alleviated long term. Medication can provide relief from joint pain, but it is temporary, and the patient will become reliant on pills every few hours. Chiropractic seeks to bring a patient the relief they need with no medication at all. As the chiropractor performs spinal manipulations and specific manipulations around problem joints, the pain is greatly alleviated and the range of movement can be restored. The soft tissue surrounding the joints can finally heal for good with the proper treatment approach, and this will allow the joints to function normally again. In addition to chiropractic manipulations, physiotherapy modalities like moist heat therapy and electrical muscle stimulation may be helpful in pain relief and healing.
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