Chiropractors have a full understanding of the working of every joint in the body. Your practitioner will carry out a thorough examination to find out whether the pain you’re experiencing, in your elbow, knee or ankle may in fact be ‘referred’ from your spine or another joint. Referred pain is the irritation of the nerve in one area leading to pain in other parts of the body.
While there is often a spinal component to a problem, your chiropractor may also manipulate other joints to help reduce pain and muscle spasm caused by injury, inflammation, poor posture, wear and tear, or other factors which have led to conditions such as the following:
Tennis Elbow is an over-use injury, often suffered by players of racket sports, causing inflammation of the tendon around the elbow joint, but mainly affected by movement of the wrist.
Golfer’s Elbow is similar to tennis elbow, but the opposite side of the elbow joint.
Repetitive Strain Injury is an inflammation of the tendons round the hand and wrist usually due to over-use, or incorrect use of computer keyboards.
Frozen Shoulder is inflammation of the shoulder joint which eventually results in severe loss of movement.
Arthritis occurs in several forms and chiropractic treatment maybe beneficial in relieving symptoms.
Hip Pain may be due to arthritis, but also may be referred from the spine or confused with sacroiliac pain.
Knee Pain has many causes. Chiropractors commonly see problems with the kneecap due to an imbalance of muscles around the knee.
The joints of the hands, ankles and feet are also susceptible to problems and in all cases your chiropractor will complete a full examination and diagnosis before treating you in the most appropriate way.
You may also be advised to do specific exercises to help you regain strength and flexibility, even if you have arthritis. Until quite recently patients with pain due to osteoarthritis were advised to rest. However, now it is recognised that movement helps to reduce the pain by reliving pressure on the joints and by improving flexibility in the surrounding muscles.
This article was written by the British Chiropractic Association