Joint pain can be caused by many types of injuries or conditions. It may be linked to arthritis, bursitis, and muscle pain. No matter what causes it, joint pain can be very bothersome. Sometimes called wear-and-tear arthritis, osteoarthritis is the most common culprit in joint pain. It occurs when the lining of the joints, called cartilage, is worn down. Although osteoarthritis can damage any joint, it most commonly affects the knees, hands and hips.
If anything can limit your mobility, it’s joint pain – especially if your condition is chronic (lasting more than a few months), in which case it can have a severely negative effect on your ability to maintain an active lifestyle.
Joints are what connect bones in your body, linking your skeletal system into a functioning whole. Made up of bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments, they allow you to move freely, keeping your body stable. When subject to stress and strain, joints can become damaged and painful, as well as more susceptible to degenerative conditions.
Types of Joint Pain
Correcting misaligned vertebrae with spinal manipulation eases joint pain and also reduces pressure on nerves. MIPM uses quick thrusts to move the vertebrae back into alignment. Once your spine is properly aligned, tight muscles and tendons will loosen and no longer compress the nerves.
Manipulation and other chiropractic treatments reduce pain and stiffness while improving your range of motion. After a visit with MIPM, you’ll probably find that it’s a little easier to move your joints.
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Joint Pain: Improve Blood Flow
Your blood supplies oxygen, energy, and nutrients to your body’s organs, tissues, and cells. Unfortunately, blood flow may be restricted if you have an injury or chronic condition that causes joint pain. Spinal manipulation, massage, and other treatments improve blood flow, which helps speed healing.
MIPM Can Help You Manage Arthritis Symptoms
Whether you have osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, or another form of a joint condition, you may find chiropractic treatment beneficial. In addition to reducing pain and stiffness, chiropractic care may also ease muscle spasms and reduce tenderness in the soft tissues around your joints.
In a case study that appeared in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, a 70-year-old woman with a history of hip osteoarthritis received 12 weeks of care. At the end of the treatment period, she saw improvements in range of motion, gait speed, and balance.
Your Treatment is Geared to Your Condition
Minnesota Institute for Pain Management isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to joint pain management. In fact, your treatment plan is designed to specifically address your symptoms and diagnosis. MIPM treatments that can be helpful for joint pain include:
- Manipulation of your spine or other joints
- Soft tissue mobilization or massage to loosen tight muscles and tissues while also breaking apart scar tissue
- Ultrasound therapy to decrease pain, stiffness, and swelling
- Electrical nerve stimulation to prevent pain signals from reaching your brain
- Traction to decompress your spine, improve range of motion, and reduce pressure on your nerves
- Exercises that help you strengthen the muscles that support your joints and improve flexibility