There are several kinds of joint pain that can occur depending on the cause. This pain can affect one particular joint, such as a shoulder, or occur in multiple joints. Joint pain can be acute, which occurs when you suddenly injure a joint. It can also be chronic, which means that it occurs over long periods of time or comes and goes over the course of months or years.
Any part of the joint, including the bone or muscle, can lead to joint pain when damage occurs. This kind of pain can range from mild soreness that only flares up after you play sports or perform specific activities or tasks to serious pain that makes it hard for you to move around or put any weight on the affected joint. When more serious joint pain occurs, you might have trouble walking, bending, twisting and doing other movements. This pain can also affect your ability to do everyday tasks, such as holding a steering wheel while driving or holding a pen while writing.
There are many possible causes of joint pain, including acute injuries and chronic medical conditions. You can also have joint pain as your joints wear down over time with the aging process. This wear and tear causes the cartilage on your joint bones to wear down, which can allow the bones in a joint to hit each other while you move. This can cause pain and lead to the formation of bone spurs. When joint pain occurs due to wear and tear, this is often associated with certain medical conditions, such as osteoarthritis or osteoporosis. These conditions cause chronic inflammation in affected joints, which results in lingering pain that can get worse over time and interfere with your daily activities.
Joint pain can occur when you injure one or more of your joints. Car accidents or sports injuries can lead to joint pain. You can also suffer from joint pain after being in a work-related accident. Other causes of joint pain include overuse of certain joints, such as overuse of the wrist with carpal tunnel syndrome.
The kind of treatment you need for joint pain depends on what is causing it and how serious it is. In general, over-the-counter pain relievers, heat or ice and restricted activities that involve the affected joints can help ease symptoms. For more severe cases or for pain that lingers over time, chiropractic care can help. Adjusting the affected joint eases tension on nerves in the area, leading to pain relief.
Health First Injury & Pain Centers offers effective chiropractic care for joint pain that lingers or does not improve with conventional forms of treatment. Our chiropractors can provide patients in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with safe and dependable pain relief that does not involve invasive procedures or serious side effects. Depending on the cause and severity of your joint pain, we might recommend having chiropractic care along with physical therapy and nutritional counseling. This combination of treatments helps ensure that you achieve pain relief while also forming healthy eating habits and maintaining strong, flexible muscles to reduce the risk of having joint pain come back.