Joint pain and joint inflammation are symptoms synonymous with one another, generally caused by rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis affects young, middle-aged and older Americans, in the millions each year. The disease attacks the joints symmetrically, i.e. if the right hip is affected so will be the left. Rheumatoid arthritiscan cause inflammation, weakness and ultimately misalignment of joints at the feet, ankles, knees, hips, elbows, wrists, hands, shoulders or neck. The good news is that you can now fight the disease usingchiropractor treatment; namely adhering to a specific routine of diet, exercise and rest.
When the joints move properly, muscles and ligaments function at an optimal level. This allows you to function properly without pain. However, when joints do not function properly, it leads to a host of problems. Primarily, when the joints do not work properly, the muscles and ligaments cannot function properly either. They tend to either shorten or elongated, depending on the joint problem. When this occurs, they leak toxins that irritate local tissues and nerves, leading to further pain and dysfunction that compounds until the underlying issue is resolved.
Here are some of the causes of joint pain. The three factors that lead to joint problems are:
Mechanical – Macro trauma (big trauma) such as a car crash or bad fall and micro trauma (repetitive use injury) lead to joint damage.
Chemical. If your diet is inflammatory, you will be more likely to swell easily and be susceptible to injury.
Mental. This is apparent when people are under stress. Many time’s they will get headaches, back pain, neck pain, stomach pain, etc. Stress affects the hormones and chemicals in your body and can create an environment where healthy joint function is hard to maintain.
Sometimes joint pain occurs suddenly and can be quite excruciating. Some medical conditions can cause joint pain to appear suddenly. This pain may be caused by autoimmune conditions, infectious diseases, overuse, injury, trauma or degenerative conditions. Sudden joint pain can arise in one or multiple joints, and its intensity can range from mild to severe. In some cases, restricting a person’s daily activities.
While age can take a toll on joints. Here are some things you can do to avoid joint problems over the long run.
Knees-The main cause of knee pain is Osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease). This typically occurs in the later stage of life and is a result of bad lifestyle. It’s the toll you must pay for the working habits you had your entire life – the toll you mustpay for not following an exercise routine. Knee problems occur when the cartilage that cushions your joints breaks-down causing osteoarthritis. While frayed cartilage can’t grow back, here is what you can do to ease the pain and protect the cartilage you still have.
- Slim down if you’re overweight.
- Build stronger muscles around your knees.
- Stretch every day.
Neck– Muscle strain and resulting muscle spasm is often caused by an underlying neck problem, such as spinal stenosis, arthritis, or disc degeneration and can start because of trauma or for no obvious reason. Whatever the reason you can try using a new pillow, that will help align the neck to the spine. Make sure your computer is at eye level, so you’re not straining your neck to see. Maintain a supportive posture. Carry weight evenly.
At Maple Chiropractic & Acupuncture Clinic we correct the underlying causes of joint dysfunction so that the body can restore its normal motion in the region that allows for the soft tissue to heal, making us best suited to deal with joint pain and dysfunction. We can help relieve any kind of joint pain you may be suffering from – be it, neck pain, headaches, knee pain, ankle pain, elbow pain, ankle pain, wrist pain or any kind of joint pain.