Joints form the connections between bones. They provide support and help you move. Any damage to the joints from disease or injury can interfere with your movement and cause a lot of pain. Many different conditions can lead to painful joints. These conditions include: osteoarthitis, rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, gout, strains, sprains, and other injuries. As you get older, painful joints become more common.
Most cases of joint pain, such as those occurring in the shoulder, hip, or elbow are the result of trauma, micro trauma, or arthritis. Repetitive use of a joint, like those demanded by tennis and golf, strain certain joints. This can lead to microtears, which can generate pain as well.
Joint pain can range from mildly irritating to debilitating. It may be an acute case, and go away after a few weeks, or a chronic case, and last for several weeks or months. This short-term pain and swelling in the joints can affect your quality of daily life.
Whatever the cause of joint pain, you can usually manage it with manual therapy, extremity adjustments, medication, physical therapy, or alternative treatments. At Austin Preferred Integrative Medicine either our chiropractor or physical therapist will do a full evaluation to diagnose what is causing your joint pain. They will then design a treatment plan specifically for you to help alleviate your joint pain.