Joint Pain

Joint pain.

Not all joint pain is alike. That’s because not all joints are alike. Joints may move slightly, like the vertebrae, or freely, like the hands and hips—and discomfort in these joints can range from minor to debilitating. If you suffer from pain in the joints, chiropractic treatment may be able to help.

Anatomy of a Joint

Joints are more than just the point where two bones meet. These complicated mechanisms allow us to move. A joint can be made up of bones and/or some of the following components:

  • Cartilage: tissue that covers the surface of a bone at a joint
  • Synovial membrane: tissue that lines the joint and secretes a fluid to lubricate it
  • Ligaments: bands of tough, elastic tissue that support the joint and connect the bones. They dictate how much the joint can move.
  • Tendons: tissue that connects muscle to bone and helps controls movement
  • Bursas: fluid-filled sacs between parts of the joint that cushion the structures and reduce friction

When something goes wrong with any of these structures that permit joints to function as they should, movement becomes restricted and painful, and daily activities can be affected. Joint pain can develop in many places in the body. It is most common in the knees, shoulders, hips and fingers, but almost any joint in the body can hurt, including the joints of the spine that connect the vertebrae to each other. A chiropractor can alleviate discomfort due to injuries or pain in the ligaments, muscles, tendons or cartilage.

Causes and Symptoms of Joint Pain

Joint pain can have various causes, including injury, osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis or diseases such as gout, lupus and fibromyalgia. Arthritis alone causes severe joint pain in one out of every four adults. Many of these conditions cause inflammation, which is a factor in what makes us hurt. We all know joint pain when we feel it, but symptoms may include:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Warmth
  • Tenderness
  • Limping
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Weakness
  • Stiffness
  • Achiness
  • Twinges

The older you are, the more likely you are to develop joint pain, but it is not necessarily something you have to live with. Joint pain can often be treated effectively, and once it’s under control, a healthy lifestyle combining good nutrition and recommended exercise will help you avoid or minimize the joint pain that may come with aging.

No matter what your symptoms are, joint pain can slow you down, and if it’s not addressed, it can damage the joint permanently in some cases. Rather than living with joint pain, getting treatment for it can provide relief, may slow the progression of damage, and can help you stay active and enjoying life. A chiropractor can assess the reason for your joint discomfort and recommend appropriate treatment.

How Chiropractors Treat Joint Pain

In addressing joint pain, chiropractors can draw on a variety of treatment techniques depending on the location and specific nature of the pain. They focus on correcting structure to restore function—and when joints are functioning well, they hurt less. Chiropractors also have a deep understanding of the biomechanics and interrelationships within your musculoskeletal system. For example, arthritis in your knee joint can affect the way you walk, often resulting in back pain by throwing off how you carry your body weight.

The treatment techniques chiropractors use to treat joint pain include:

  • Soft tissue adjustment to treat tenderness and spasms
  • Traction or exercise to help you recover range of motion
  • Ultrasound, cold laser therapy or mild electrical stimulation to reduce swelling and decrease pain and stiffness.

Chiropractors can also recommend exercises you can do at home and other lifestyle changes that can help with discomfort and prevent additional damage. However, you should seek immediate medical care (go to the ER or call 911) if you’ve been seriously injured, if the joint looks deformed or you cannot move it, or if the pain is severe.

If you have joint pain, chiropractors use conservative, hands-on treatment designed to reduce pain and restore function with fewer and less intense side effects than with medications or surgery. Chiropractic care is widely recognized for its effectiveness in handling all types of musculoskeletal pain. So for those with joint pain from overuse, injury, arthritis or a host of other factors, you may find relief naturally through chiropractic treatment to restore your body’s function and comfort.

Reviews By Our Satisfied Patients

  • "I've been coming to see Dr. Bob since 1984 for my back pain. After each visit, the vast improvement lasts about one whole month. Even after all these years, Dr. Bob continues to provide outstanding care for me, my children, and my grandchildren. I've referred several people to HealthWise Chiropractic, so they too can see the results I have. My favorite part of my visits is the friendliness and professionalism of the staff and doctors and, of course, the results I get that improve my daily living."
    Danny S.
  • "About ten years ago I was at the gym, I bent over and couldn't get up, the pain was horrible. I contacted Healthwise and Dr. Mike gave me an emergency appointment that evening. He did a complete physical and x-ray before he started any treatment. After my first treatment I was able to stand up and walk with minimal pain. With a few visits I was back to normal. I continued treatments as needed for the next several years.
    I see Dr. Bob regularly to stay fit and pain-free. He tests my strength and weakness to determine the best treatment. Our open discussion led him to help my acid reflux. I now exercise and walk as is essential for a septuagenarian.
    I told Dr. Bob that I was starting to get knee pain that I thought was arthritis; I didn't think chiropractic care could help. He told me about new equipment to help. I look forward to improvement.
    I was a skeptic of chiropractic care, now I would recommend HealthWise to anyone with chronic/simple pain. It worked for me. It can work for you!"
    Sherry B.
  • "I was very miserable with constant pain in my leg while knowing it had something to do with my back. My friend surprised me with an appointment with Dr. Bob. After being treated by Dr. Bob I knew right away it was exactly what I needed. I learned a lot through my conversations with the doctor. I am really thankful to Dr. Bob and his staff."
    Ed L.
  • "I had a very limited understanding of chiropractic care until I tried it for the first time 12 years ago. I came in with severe pain in my neck, which prohibited me from moving my head. I was greeted by a kind staff, had an exam and x-rays done on my first appointment followed by an adjustment. I felt so much better after my first adjustment and by following the treatment plan my headaches and migraines improved. My overall health has improved because of chiropractic care. Dr. Bob helps make sure that I am taking the right supplements to optimize my health and fitness performance. They have helped me with allergies, knee and shoulder pain, and earaches. I had no idea when I began my chiropractic journey just how much help the doctors and staff at HealthWise would be at improving my quality of life."
    Britt H.
  • "I have been a patient at HealthWise Chiropractic for over 20 years. In the past and currently I am seeing Dr. Bob, however, I have seen all docs at Healthwise. My general issues are usually seasonally related to sinus and allergies. Recently I have been receiving treatment for my hip and lower back. Dr. Bob zeros in on trigger points and quickly relieves my pain. He is a wealth of knowledge and offers help and suggestion on my health issues. The staff is friendly and helpful. I leave feeling better and I believe helps to keep my body aligned and energized. I have also come in after falls, injuries and surgeries. I truly believe my adjustments at the time added to a quicker recovery."
    Liz B.
  • "I have been a patient of Dr. Bob for two and half months. . I see him for an adjustment every two weeks. I started seeing a chiropractor for the first time in January 2021 while working in Florida for my continued lower back pain and chronic bilateral hip bursitis. Because my pain was mostly relieved with continued adjustments, I decided to continue with treatment when returning to Wisconsin. I have been very happy with my continued pain relief/adjustments at HealthWise. I highly recommend anyone with chronic back and neck pain to try chiropractic adjustments here at HealthWise. It will make your life better."
    Marianne V.
  • "Really enjoyed the different things that they can do for you and your pain management. Would highly recommend."
    Rhiannon P.
  • "I enjoy coming, getting readjusted and any additional therapies. It has made my life healthier and less stressful. If I have questions, they are answered at that visit. The staff is very professional, personable and friendly. I always look forward to my next visit with them. I am glad to be part of Healthwise Chiropractic family:)"
    Marcella L.
  • "DR MIKE IS A GREAT CHIROPRACTOR. HE TAKES THE TIME TO GIVE YOU A COMPLETE ADJUSTMENT IS TIME. HE IS ALSO A GOOD CONVERSATIONALIST. THANKS"
    RICHARD R.
  • "Dr. Mike is fantastic! He is very personable….will take time to really to your needs… I enjoy my visits…the maintenance has helped tremendously…..and he is there when the emergency pops up! Excellent Chiropractor!"
    Ann W.


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