Joint pains such as shoulder girdle pain and elbow pain, (when it is associated with back or neck problems) are common reasons for patients attending our clinics. These pains might be due to a sports injury, overuse or degeneration of the joints. Effective treatment however, begins with diagnosing what is causing your joint pain.
Your chiropractor will ask you questions about your pain, medical history, posture and lifestyle and carry out a fully and thorough examination to discover the cause of your joint pain.
Your Chiropractor will manually examine the muscles, tendons and ligaments in the joint as well as testing for any cartilage damage or degeneration. Problems in any of these tissues can cause or contribute to joint pains.
If we believe we may be able to help, treatment will begin often with gentle, specific adjustments (the chiropractic word for manipulation) done by hand to free stiff joints and soft tissue massage. Your Chiropractor may also use mobilisation or stretching techniques and give you specific exercises to help strengthen weak muscles and stretch tight muscles to improve flexibility. Advice may also be given to prevent recurrence.
Chiropractic may be an effective alternative to drugs and surgery.