Chiropractic treatment can be very effective in treatment of injuries to the peripheral joints of the body, including the shoulder, knee and hip.
1. Shoulder Injuries
Chiropractic care is often very successful in the treatment of various shoulder conditions. There are numerous sources of pain in the shoulder. A careful diagnosis is always our first step in treating shoulder pain. Possible causes include:
Referred Pain from the Neck and upper Back
When the joints and muscles of the neck and upper back are injured, pain is often felt over the shoulder.
Rotator Cuff Tendinitis and Impingement
This is one of the most common causes of shoulder pain that we see in our office. The rotator cuff muscles are the prime stabilizers of the shoulder and their injury can cause significant pain and loss of mobility in the shoulder, possibly leading to a "frozen shoulder".
Rotator Cuff Tears
Sometimes the rotator cuff tendons are torn from an injury. This requires careful evaluation. Mild and moderate tears can be treated successfully with chiropractic care.
2. Knee Injuries
Knee Injuries are very common and can be the result of "wear and tear" or osteoarthritis, or can result from overuse or trauma to the knee.
Wear and Tear or Osteoarthritis
As we age, the protective cartilage layer of our knee joints can begin to degenerate, leading to pain and stiffness in the knee. Although this condition cannot be cured, treatment can often significantly reduce symptoms and reduce the rate of progression of the condition.
Overuse or Repetitive Strain Injures
Excessive use of the knee, or even normal use of a knee that is not functioning properly, can lead to irritation and injury of the supporting muscles and ligaments of the knee joint. The knee joint is a very complicated structure, and imbalances can significantly stress the sensitive support structures, leading to pain.
Our approach is to assess the knee and identify the structures that are strained, weakened or injured. With treatment and exercise, these problems can often be reversed.
Trauma can take the form of a sports injury, a fall or a twisting injury. It is important to do a careful examination to identify the damaged structures.
With any knee injury, treatment is focused on reducing inflammation and pain, reducing muscle spasm and imbalance, and improving joint movement. Often, a rehab program is needed to return the knee to full function.
3. Hip Injuries
Osteoarthritis of the hip is very common as we age. Previous trauma, family history and excess weight can predispose us to this condition. Sometimes this develops in the absence of any of these factors. Although this condition cannot be cured, treatment can often significantly reduce symptoms and reduce the rate of progression of the condition.
Hip Trauma or Overuse
Often hip pain is the result of a trauma, such as a sports injury. It can also develop as a result of a repetitive strain.
Treatment at our office is directed at the injured ligaments, muscles or joints. Usually, rehab exercises are prescribed to bring about full resolution.
4. Other Joint Injuries
We also provide effective treatment for injuries to the other joints of the body. These include:
- Elbow pain
- Wrist pain
- Ankle pain
- Foot pain
- Jaw pain