Your wrist gets a workout every day. Together with the wrist, the hand, fingers and elbow are all responsible for controlling the fine movements of the hand like grasping. The wrist moves up and down, rotates and bends, all possible due to complex, interconnected components. It is a “synovial joint,” which means the bones lie within a capsule and are covered by cartilage and a layer of cells that are about the width of a human hair. These synovial cells secrete a liquid that keeps your wrist lubricated, much like oil for a car engine.
The wrist is a complicated mechanism, made up of eight small bones called the carpal bones (view carpal bones illustration).
These connect the hand to the forearm bones. Interconnected with this complex bone structure are various tendons, ligaments, nerves and muscles, any of which are subject to injury or damage. Any injury to these intricate structures can have a severe impact on your daily life and work, leading to temporary or permanent disability. Activities as basic as picking up a coffee mug can be difficult.
There are many types of wrist pain, depending on the location and underlying cause. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a well-known disorder that affects the wrist, but there are many others. Chiropractors, who specialize in disorders of the musculoskeletal system, can help diagnose and treat many types of wrist pain with noninvasive, safe techniques.
Common Types and Symptoms of Wrist Pain
Wrist pain may be general or may be accompanied by:
- Clicking or popping sounds, especially when you rotate your hand
- Decreased grip strength
- Decreased range of motion
The pain may feel like an ache as in the case of tendonitis or arthritis, or pins and needles if nerves are involved. The categories of wrist pain form a long list, but some of the most common are:
Repetitive motion syndrome — swelling from overuse, which can press on nerves, causing pain and numbness.
Wrist tendonitis — microscopic tearing and inflammation of the tendons, also often due to overuse.
Wrist bursitis — inflammation of the bursa, which are fluid-filled sacs around the joints. Your wrist may become red, tender and swollen.
Osteoarthritis — wear-and-tear arthritis, which can come with aging and can affect most any joint, including the wrist.
De Quervain's disease — swelling and inflammation of the tendons on the thumb side of the wrist, often from overuse. Your wrist may feel weak and you may notice a grating sensation in your wrist.
Ganglion cysts — potentially painful cysts that develop in the soft tissue, usually on the back of the wrist but possibly on the palm side. They are pouches of synovial fluid that expand out of the joints.
Chiropractic Care for Wrist Pain
A chiropractor will examine your wrist and check how well it's functioning in order to determine the nature of the injury and treat it accordingly. Therapy includes manipulations to relieve pressure on the nerves to reduce swelling and help restore mobility. Chiropractors may recommend you use a splint to immobilize your wrist for a while, particularly in cases of overuse. They may suggest a regimen of icing the hand and recommend resting it as much as possible.
Chiropractors look at more than the symptoms of wrist pain; they will check to see if there are other musculoskeletal disorders that may be contributing factors—because the structures are interconnected. They can also suggest strengthening exercises and stretches you can do at home, as well as preventive tips including learning about ergonomic improvements at work and wearing proper safety gear for physical activity. In some cases, they may refer you to an orthopedist or surgical specialist.
A 2007 study of older patients with hand and wrist pain reported preliminary strong evidence of benefit from chiropractic treatment. If you have wrist pain or weakness, consider making an appointment for a chiropractic evaluation. With no drugs or invasive treatments, chiropractic care can help you recover from wrist disorders that are preventing you from performing your daily activities.
Knee pain is common among all ages of people. Swelling and stiffness in the knee can feel excruciating. There may even be crunching or popping in the knee with inflammation, and straightening it could be a challenge. A person with knee pain is also likely to feel weak or unstable in the knees. There are a variety of reasons a person may experience knee pain. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), 15 million people in the U.S. experience joint pain associated with arthritis each year, and the knees are some very important joints in the body that are not immune to such conditions. The good news is that chiropractors are trained to treat joint pain and many of the conditions that contribute to it.
Common Causes of Knee Pain
While there are different possible causes of knee pain, the most common include injuries (torn ligaments and cartilage damage), arthritis and other medical conditions. In addition, an injury to the knee could affect the tendons or bursae (fluid-filled sacs that cushion the outside of the knee joint). It may also impact the bones, cartilage and ligaments that form the actual joint.
Common knee injuries include fractures to the bones in the knees, an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tear or a torn meniscus (the rubbery, tough cartilage that acts as a shock absorber between the thigh and shinbones). There may also be inflammation in the knee bursae (bursitis) or the tendons that attach to the kneecap (patellar tendonitis). Common forms of arthritis that can affect the knee include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, pseudogout (“false gout”) and septic arthritis (an infection of the joint).
Among medical conditions that cause knee pain are patellofemoral pain syndrome (pain and stiffness in the front of the knee and around the kneecap), a loose bone or cartilage floating in the joint space due to degeneration, iliotibial band syndrome (an overuse injury that affects the outer part of thigh and knee), a dislocated kneecap, and hip or foot pain that causes extra pressure to be placed on the knees.
Risk factors for developing knee pain include obesity, weak or inflexible muscles, involvement in certain sports or occupations that place repetitive pressure or stress on the knee, and a history of previous injuries.
Non-Invasive Treatment Options for Knee Pain
When it comes to alleviating knee pain, the treatment options will vary from one person to the next based upon the cause of the pain and the symptoms associated with it. Chiropractors are able to treat a variety of conditions related to knee pain at the root of the problem while alleviating pain in the knee. Common methods of treatment include strength training and stretching exercises, healthy weight management and nutrition, soft tissue manipulation, instrument adjustments, massage, posture correction, spinal adjustments, trigger-point therapy, low-level laser therapy and ultrasound therapy.
Why Seek Chiropractic Care for Knee Pain?
Chiropractors are trained in safe and noninvasive treatment methods that help alleviate pain for different joint conditions, including those pertaining to the knees. Knee pain can make life difficult to manage, but it doesn't have to hold you back any longer. If you are suffering from knee pain, chiropractors can examine your knee and may use imaging to help determine the cause of pain. When the problem has been pinpointed, we will discuss your treatment options with you and work with you to create a treatment plan.
Don't let knee pain slow you down—schedule an appointment and get started on the path toward healing and recovery today.
Hip pain is a common symptom that affects many people. In fact, it frequently prompts those who suffer from it to visit the chiropractor. Pain in the hip may sometimes be accompanied by limping, reduced muscle movement in the hip joint, muscle stiffness and pain in the leg whenever weight is applied to it. There are many conditions that can cause pain in the hips, and so it’s important to seek out professional care in an attempt to pinpoint the source of the pain.
Hip pain may be felt on the inside of the hip or groin or on the outside of the hip and upper thigh or buttocks. When pain is felt on the inside of the hip, it is typically due to an issue in the hip joint. However, when it’s felt on the outside of the hip, this usually signals an issue with the muscles, tendons, ligaments or other soft tissues surrounding the hip joint. The pain may even be rooted in an entirely different part of the body but felt in the hip (this is known as “referred pain”).
Causes and Treatment of Hip Pain
One of the most common causes of hip pain is trauma to the hip from injury or overuse, which could result in a fractured hip bone, worn or torn cartilage, or a strained muscle or tendon. Pain can also come from any condition that causes inflammation to the hip area, such as arthritis, bursitis or tendonitis. It may also result if the pelvis is tilted over time during walking or running because of poor posture or a difference in leg length.
Chiropractors are trained to treat hip pain using a variety of techniques, and the particular treatment will largely depend on the root cause of the pain. Your hip will be examined in an effort to pinpoint the cause, and an x-ray or other imaging test may be used to aid in diagnosis. Chiropractors may treat hip pain with a series of regular spinal adjustments to help eliminate or reduce restrictions of the spine that could be contributing to the pain. Other treatment methods may include exercises, stretching, strength training, ultrasound therapy, electrotherapy or low-level laser treatment, among others. In addition, lifestyle changes may be recommended that support healthy weight management, regular movement, proper nutrition and optimal workspace arrangement.
Why Seek Chiropractic Treatment for Hip Pain?
If you’re suffering from hip pain, it’s important to seek treatment. Chiropractic care has been found to be effective in several studies for helping alleviate hip pain caused by restricted motion of a joint, arthritis, other disorders of the hip and sports injuries. If there is a holistic way to treat your condition that doesn’t involve surgery, we can advise a treatment plan that is right for you. Chiropractors can help reduce the pain, and depending on its cause, treat the root of the problem.