by Dr Brent Wells
Are you sitting at home and feeling down in the dumps? Does your body ache and hurt? Believe it or not, many people suffer from joint pain. Whether you have arthritis or just regular joint pain occasionally, it’s something that really messes with your life. The last thing you need to add to your plate is more pain, and I see many patients at my chiropractic clinic that talk about their joint pain. In fact, it’s the number one reason that people see me. Here I’ll discuss my top tips for joint pain.
Most times, people go on and wait for the pain to go away. They continue on with their lives as if nothing is wrong, but unfortunately, that just makes it worse. What starts out as a little bit of joint pain is then exacerbated by the lack of treatment, making things hurt more. Though you may think that a few anti-inflammatory pills will help your joint pain to go away, this is not a long term solution. It ends up numbing the pain, and you have to treat it with more pain relief to get any sort of relief.
Thankfully, you don’t have to deal with that constant pain. There is a lot that you can do to make yourself feel better, and you can kiss the pain goodbye for good. Keep reading to find out how!
What Causes Joint Pain?
Joint pain can be caused by a number of different things, and it’s important to find out the root cause of yours. If you’re unsure, a chiropractor can also talk with you to figure out what may be causing your joint pain. Often times, people experience joint pain because they have bad posture. This is one of the top reasons for joint pain. What you don’t realize is that your joint pain in your knees or ankles can actually be caused by the bad distribution of weight that starts in your posture.
Another common cause of joint pain is that people are exercising in bad forms. When you lift weights, you should have a straight back and always be on the lookout for that. Unfortunately, most people don’t realize they have bad form while working out until someone tells them. Working out with a partner can help you recognize whether or not you’re doing each exercise in the correct form.
Another cause of joint pain is arthritis. If you have genetic arthritis or you’re getting older, some of your joints lose their elasticity over time, which can lead to swelling and pain in the joints. You should be sure that you don’t have any medical conditions that are leading to the arthritis that you feel.
Joint pain can also be caused by a sprain or a strain. It can be caused by the change in the weather, or you could experience joint pain after an injury. Because there are so many reasons you could be experiencing joint pain, I always recommend seeing a local chiropractor near you to help.
If you’re currently experiencing joint pain, chiropractic adjustment can help you. When your spine is misaligned, the rest of your body is affected. It can be in a lot of pain and all you would need to fix it is a chiropractic adjustment. This is a great way to make sure that your body is all realigned properly, which can help fix the pain that you’re feeling.
At a chiropractic adjustment, the chiropractor will look for any places that are misaligned. Then, using gentle pressure, they will readjust your body until it’s all aligned. They will push it in and you may experience some popping sensation. This is normal, and it is often talked about as cracking. This spine alignment can help the pain you’re feeling in your joints, but it’s not usually a one-time thing. You’ll need to go at least twice a week for a few weeks before you can taper off. This is to train your body to keep your spine aligned.
Another thing that you should do is physical therapy—we offer physical rehab therapy in my clinic in Anchorage. This is something very important to help with joint pain. You need to strengthen your muscles and joints surrounding the painful areas, and physical therapy is one of the best things to use to do this.
In a physical therapy session, they will go over the different pain that you’re experiencing and talk about how they can help. The goal of physical therapy is to help any joint pain or muscle pain that you’re experiencing. They do this by working with the surrounding muscles that are injured, strengthening around it. In turn, this helps support the injured area.
Physical therapy uses a combination of stretching and exercise to create stronger muscle groups that support the rest of the body. For example, if you have a hurt back, physical therapy will work on strengthening your core. Your core helps stabilize your back, which would lead to less pain. No matter what part of your body is sore or hurt, physical therapists will work to make it better.
Tips For Less Joint Pain
If you want some of my top tips, check out the list below:
- Get regular chiropractic adjustments to prevent joint pain from occurring
- Look for a physical therapist that can work with your chiropractor to help
- Eat healthily and drink lots of water to help promote healing in the body
- Use anti-inflammatory medications right after the injury to help, but don’t rely on them
- Make sure you have good posture and exercise form so that you aren’t injuring yourself further
If you are currently experiencing joint pain, look for a local chiropractor in your area that can help. Though it may be another thing you have to go and do on your list, once you experience less pain, you’ll be glad that you did it. No one should have to live with joint pain, so get yourself feeling better!
About Dr Brent Wells
Dr Brent Wells, D.C. has been a chiropractor for over 20 years and has treated thousands of patients. He founded Better Health Chiropractic & Physical Rehab in Alaska in 1998 and is a proud member of the American Chiropractic Association and the American Academy of Spine Physicians.
Dr Wells is also the author of over 700 online health articles that have been featured on sites such as Dr Axe and Lifehack. He continues his education to remain active and updated in all studies related to neurology, physical rehab, biomechanics, spine conditions, brain injury trauma, and more.