Joint pain affects millions of Americans, interfering with daily activities and taking a toll on their quality of life. The good news is that treatments are available that can help. The key is to make sure those treatments are tailored to your symptoms, your underlying health issues, and your lifestyle.
At Easy Reach Chiropractic in Lake Worth and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Barbara Adonis, DC, and Heather Previll, PT, DPT, provide patient-centered treatment for joint pain that’s focused on each patient’s individual needs. If you have achy joints, here’s how they can help you relieve those painful symptoms and improve your mobility.
Why your joints hurt
Joints can hurt for a number of reasons, including infections and diseases like cancer. Often, though, joint pain has more common causes. Many of these causes involve inflammation, swelling inside or around the joint.
Arthritis is a common cause of joint pain, occurring when the joint’s protective layer of cartilage gets worn down. Performing repetitive movements is one cause of arthritis, but it can also happen if your joint was injured. If you’re overweight, you can also be more prone to joint pain from arthritis and other causes.
Some people have pain syndromes, like fibromyalgia or chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS). These conditions can cause widespread joint pain that can interfere with many daily activities and even make it hard to get a good night’s sleep.
Treating aching joints
Prior to recommending a treatment plan, our team conducts a comprehensive exam of your joints and your symptoms, which often includes diagnostic imaging to ensure optimal results of your therapy. After your evaluation and imaging exams, our team typically maps out a treatment plan using one or more of these four key therapies.
Massage therapy uses special hands-on techniques to promote circulation and reduce inflammation around sore joints. Therapy is completely customizable, including the type of massage and the amount of pressure used during your treatment.
Massage also relieves stress that can make joint symptoms worse. Though it can be used on its own for joint pain, it’s frequently combined with other therapies to enhance results.
Physical therapy focuses on exercises, stretches, and other activities aimed at improving mobility and reducing painful symptoms. Tailored to your needs, physical therapy often includes exercises based on your specific lifestyle to relieve pain and improve your ability to complete your day-to-day activities.
Like massage therapy, physical therapy can be used on its own. However, it’s often combined with other treatments, with therapeutic activities adjusted to your evolving needs and goals.
Class 4 lasers are widely used in chiropractic and orthopedic specialties to repair damaged tissues without surgery. Applied through your skin, laser energy targets damaged or inflamed tissues to facilitate natural healing and tissue repair. It’s especially helpful in joint injuries involving cartilage damage or tendon or ligament issues.
Acoustic shock wave therapy
Like laser therapy, acoustic shock wave therapy uses energy waves to trigger natural healing responses. Shock wave therapy is nonsurgical and noninvasive, and it’s quite effective in treating tendon injuries that make joint movement painful.
Find relief for your joint discomfort
Achy joints are a common medical problem for many people, but fortunately, prompt treatment can help. Our team will work with you to find a solution that gives you the relief you need to feel better.
To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone with the team at Easy Reach Chiropractic today.