Joints are a vital part of how our bodies move. They allow us to walk, run, and carry out daily tasks. Without healthy joints, we would become immobile. The problem is that many are suffering from joint pain which makes it very difficult to get around and keep up with a busy lifestyle. On average, 30 million doctor visits each year are due to joint pain, most of which are related to knee and shoulder pain but can also include joint paint in the shoulders, ankles, and spine. Because healthy joints are necessary for full range of motion and comfortable movement, it is important that we do what we can to keep them healthy and fully functioning. Chiropractic care from a Charlotte chiropractor can ease joint pain and improve joint health so that we can go about our daily lives pain-free.
What Causes Joint Pain?
The most common cause of joint pain is arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation of the joints. It leads to swollen and stiff joints that limit mobility. Osteoarthritis can also cause joint pain. This is when joints and cartilage break down over time from consistent wear and tear. It most often affects people as they age and it brings about stiffness, swollen joints, and decreased range of motion. Other health conditions can also be the source of joint pain. For instance, pregnancy puts a lot of pressure on the spine, knees, and hips as the body tries to balance out the weight of a growing baby. This can cause joint pain for many pregnant women. Obesity can also lead to joint pain from too much weight and pressure put on the joints. Many health conditions cause inflammation that leads to joint pain, such as Lyme disease or Lupus. Our jawbone is also a joint, and many people suffer from TMJ, or Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction, that causes jaw pain, difficulty chewing, and clicking or locking of the jaw. Whatever type of joint pain you suffer from, it doesn’t have to continue. A Charlotte chiropractor can ease joint pain through chiropractic care to bring about relief, increased mobility, and improved quality of life.
The Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Joint Health
Believe it or not, the spine can play a vital role in joint function. Spinal misalignments affect nerve communication, and when the central nervous system can’t communicate optimally, all kinds of dysfunction can occur. Inflammation of the joints is a common occurrence that can be linked to spinal misalignments. In fact, spinal misalignments often exacerbate inflammation for those with chronic health conditions like lupus or Lyme disease. Gentle chiropractic adjustments from Dr. Grant Lisetor of Greater Life Chiropractic will restore nerve function and reduce joint inflammation. Additionally, Charlotte chiropractor Dr. Grant can also adjust the joints themselves to improve mobility and decrease pain. Pregnant women especially find that both spinal adjustments and hip adjustments ease the pressure created by the baby and also allow the baby more room to move and grow. For many, this has led to an easier pregnancy and delivery. Chiropractic care is also a natural method for reducing arthritis pain. Chiropractic care slows down the degenerative process, helps lubricants the joints and can make living with arthritis easier and less painful. The ultimate goal of neurologically-based chiropractic care is to utilize the body’s natural ability to heal itself by improving the function of the central nervous system. Keeping the body in proper alignment ensures it can function optimally to do just that.
If joint pain has you down and out, chiropractic care can get you moving again. Contact Dr. Grant Lisetor of Greater Life Chiropractic to schedule an appointment today.
“Keep Moving: Preventing Joint Injuries.” American Chiropractic Association. https://www.acatoday.org/Patients/Health-Wellness-Information/Joint-Health.