Millions of Americans suffer from chronic pain, including joint pain caused by arthritis and other diseases and injuries. In fact, about a quarter of American adults are plagued by arthritic pain, and of those, about 44% have symptoms that are so debilitating, they prevent them from even everyday activities.
The team at Easy Reach Chiropractic offers patient-centered care for joint pain, focusing on custom treatment solutions that tap into your body’s natural ability to heal and soothe. If you suffer from joint pain, here’s how our team can help you feel better and enjoy an improved quality of life.
Why joint pain happens
Most chronic joint pain happens when part of the joint structure is damaged and inflammation sets in. Arthritis is a common cause of joint pain and one with which most people are familiar. But other things can cause painful joints, too, like:
- Traumatic injury
- Chronic pain syndromes, like fibromyalgia
- Joint strain from overuse or repetitive use
Joint pain can affect different parts of the joint, too. For instance, arthritis affects the protective cartilage layer that protects the ends of your bones. A traumatic injury could affect the bones, muscles, connective tissues, or other joint components.
Some types of joint pain are also associated with underlying factors, like older age, obesity, or medical conditions, like lupus. And still other joint problems can be related to infections, scar tissue, or side effects of a prior surgery or other invasive treatment.
Treating joint pain
Because so many factors can cause or contribute to joint pain, it’s important to see a care provider who offers multiple options for relieving symptoms and preventing them from getting worse. The team at Easy Reach Chiropractic offers several treatment options for patients suffering from chronic pain, including these four safe, effective, noninvasive therapies.
Physical therapy uses exercises, stretches, and other activities tailored to your symptoms and your treatment goals. In addition to working on-site with a physical therapist, you’ll have at-home exercises to improve strength, endurance, flexibility, balance, and overall mobility.
Many physical therapy activities support enhanced healing by promoting circulation and reducing inflammation in the joint. Plus, every therapy program is completely customized to help patients strengthen joints based on the activities in which they’re involved. Many therapy programs can also help prevent future injury by improving joint health and support naturally.
Most people think of massage as a great way to relax and get rid of some stress. It’s true — massage is a great stress reliever, but therapeutic massage is a lot more.
Therapeutic massage uses special techniques to reduce inflammation, along with the painful symptoms it causes. Plus, it increases circulation to aid in healing while relieving muscle strain and stiffness that can make your pain worse.
Acoustic shock wave therapy
Acoustic shock waves are energy waves produced by sound. In this therapy, your provider uses a handheld applicator to direct pulsating waves of energy deep into your damaged tissues where inflammation is occurring. These waves accelerate your body’s natural healing responses while stimulating healing at the cellular level.
Laser therapy is a noninvasive, targeted therapy for pain, stiffness, and inflammation, as well as relaxation of muscle spasms. The focused heat from laser devices stimulates circulation to spur natural healing in damaged joints and other tissues. Lasers can be used to treat a variety of tissues, including bones, muscles, tendons, and cartilage, each of which plays a role in joint function — and in joint pain, too.
Before recommending any treatment for joint pain, our team performs a thorough physical examination and a review of your symptoms, your lifestyle, and your treatment goals. Therapies may be used on their own or in combination, depending on your needs.
Get back to your active lifestyle
Joint pain may be a common medical complaint, but that doesn’t mean it won’t take a big toll on your life. With joint pain therapy tailored to your specific needs, you can enjoy relief from painful symptoms, along with better mobility, so you can get back to enjoying all life has to offer.
To learn more about the joint pain therapies our team offers at our offices in Lake Worth and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, book an appointment online or over the phone at Easy Reach Chiropractic today.