William S. Thatcher, DC
Chiropractor located in Baldwin, NY
Joint Pain Q & A
What are Common Causes of Joint Pain?
Joint pain can be the result of an injury or an illness. Individuals who use repetitive motions in the performance of their jobs can begin to experience pain and inflammation. Pitcher's elbow, golfer's elbow, and swimmer's shoulder are examples of this type of injury. Twisted ankles and knees can be the result of a slip and fall accident or other types of injury. Joint pain can also be attributed to chronic illness like fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and various forms of arthritis. Strains and sprains are also joint injuries that can be extremely painful. Lifting or moving objects with a twisting motion can also lead to joint pain.
What are Effective Treatment Methods for Chronic Joint Pain?
Joint pain is often caused by inflammation. Chiropractic care and physical therapy are two of the most effective ways of treating chronic joint pain. Along with the use of over the counter pain medications and anti-inflammatories, regular exercise will also help to reduce chronic pain. Movement helps to re-establish blood flow to injured areas helping them to heal and will keep inflammation to a minimum. The doctor may also recommend including healthy lifestyle choices to help reduce the risk of further damage to the joint. Losing weight, eating a healthy diet, including antioxidants in the diet, and reducing alcohol consumption may also help.
Is Chiropractic Care Beneficial for Arthritis Pain?
Arthritis is one of the most common causes of back and joint pain. Chiropractic care is an effective treatment option for individuals who suffer from various types of arthritis. Bringing the body back into physical balance is one way in which a chiropractic adjustment can help to reduce the inflammation that is associated with arthritis. With the body back in balance, it is easier to exercise. There is less stress on the joints and they have a greater range of motion. Stretching and regular exercise will also help to support the body and strengthen the soft tissues, helping them to keep the skeletal structure in alignment after a chiropractic adjustment.