Joint pain can affect any joint in the body and can be from a variety of causes. Injury of a joint could be the result of a sprain or strain of the muscles and ligaments surrounding the joint. Not all joint pain is arthritis.
Symptoms of joint pain can include:
- Aching in and around a joint
- Joint stiffness and lack of mobility
- Tenderness when moving through the end ranges of movement
Key aggravating factors
Different joints are subjected to different pressures – shoulders are vulnerable to extreme rotation and overstretching, whereas knees are particularly vulnerable to sprains and strains when subjected to twisting forces. Low back joints are often painful when doing repetitive bending and or twisting movement patterns.
Chiropractic quick tips
Sprains and strains are more likely to occur when you are dehydrated. We are often good at staying hydrated when doing sports, however any strenuous activity day to day, bending, lifting and shifting also requires a well hydrated and efficient system to avoid injury.
Using good manual handling techniques all the time even if you are picking up something light like a pencil.
Maintaining good form when exercising can reduce joint injuries.
Chiropractic can help!
Chiropractic can work both preventatively and reactively. We often do postural analysis and gait analysis to see how you are moving and using your body. We then work with you to optimise your movement patterns and strength. This can be activity specific, focusing on movements you make day in and day out, or sports specific, focusing on a golf swing, lifting movement pattern or racket sport strokes. This can help prevent sprains and strains. If we are working reactively, we are working to reduce pain, regain movement and strengthen a joint after injury.