Pain in the Extremities: Elbows, Shoulders, Knees, Hips and Other Joint Pain
How a Chiropractor can Relieve Joint Pain
Chiropractors are experts in assessing and treating neuromusculoskeletal injuries and joint pain, wherever they may be. They deal with the nerves, joints and muscles of the body. Therefore, chiropractic care may help to correct problems within most joints in the body, not just the spine.
Chiropractic care may help you find relief from carpal tunnel syndrome, rotator cuff injuries, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, arthritis of the knees, hips and other joints, ITB syndrome etc, by addressing the alignment of the joint and spine, by relieving tension in the surrounding muscles, and by soft tissue work on fascia, tendons, ligaments and muscles.
Medications for Joint Pain
NSAIDs, Cox-2 inhibitors and Acetaminophen(Tylenol) are the drugs that are usually prescribed for joint pain. These are the same medications often prescribed for back pain and come with the same potential side effects of stomach ulcers, heart attacks/strokes and liver damage.
Other Alternative Medicine Treatments for Joint Pain
Certain nutrients can help as natural anti-inflammatories, such as fish oil, and natural muscle relaxants, such as magnesium. Not just any old fish oil will do though, you need fish oil that is pure, fresh and readily absorbed. You don’t want to be taking rancid, polluted fish oil. Our Naturopathic doctors can help you select a good quality fish oil.
Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to relieve pain. It encourages the production of natural anti-inflammatories in the brain and helps stimulate the immune system to speed healing.
Registered Massage Therapy
Massage therapy can help relax the muscles that may be causing the joints to move improperly, causing pain.
Herbal medicines can act as natural anti-inflammatories without the negative side effects on the digestive tract caused by NSAIDs. Curcumin and boswellia work well, but need to be good quality to be properly absorbed.