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Joint Pain

Joint Pain Treatment at American HealthCore

Joint Pain

Joint pain is discomfort or pain in any part of the body where two or more bones meet to form a joint including cartilage and bone within the joint or ligaments, tendons, muscles and bursae surrounding the joint. It is usually caused by damage resulting from normal wear and tear but can also be caused by an injury and sometimes disease.

Common conditions that cause joint pain include:

  • Arthritis (Arthralgia) - Osteoarthritis (OA), Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
  • Muscle Strain - over-stretching or tearing of a muscle
  • Tendon Strain - over-stretching or tearing of a tendon (tissue connecting muscle to bone)
  • Sprains - over-stretching or tearing of a ligament (band of tissues that connect two bones)
  • Fibromyalgia - an autoimmune disorder causing widespread muscle pain and tenderness
  • Bursitis - inflammation of the fluid-filled sacs that protect the joint

If you are suffering with any of the above-mentioned signs or symptoms, chances are, our physical therapists can help. Joint pain is a very common condition that we treat on a daily basis. One of the many treatment techniques we use for treating joint pain is called joint mobilization.

What is Joint Mobilization?

Joint mobilization is a manual therapy intervention that involves the application of targeted pressures or forces on a joint accompanied by skilled passive movement of the articular surfaces. This helps relieve joint pain as well as improving mobility and physical function (the ability to walk and move).

Types of Joint Mobilization: We use a number of techniques to mobilize (move) joints in the body. These mobilization techniques often have specific names derived from the clinicians that created and successfully tested them on patients.

Examples Of Some Techniques Are:

  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)
  • Mulligan Manual Therapy - mobilization with movement
  • Neural Tension Mobilization – specialized techniques to move nerves
  • Graded Mobilizations – low velocity movement techniques with various amplitudes
  • Manipulation – high velocity, low amplitude thrust at or near the end-range of joint mobility

Joint Manipulation For The Spine

For people with back pain and stiffness, we use a specific type of mobilization called spinal manipulation (sometimes known as spinal manipulative therapy). This involves using our hands or a device to apply a controlled force to a joint in the spine. The amount of force applied depends on the form of manipulation used. The goal of the treatment is to relieve pain and improve physical functioning.

Side Effects And Risks

Reviews have concluded that spinal manipulation for back pain is relatively safe when performed by a trained and licensed practitioner. The most common side effects are generally minor and include feeling tired or experiencing temporary soreness.

Be sure to tell all of your health care providers about any complementary health treatments you receive. Give them a full picture of what you do to manage your health. This will help ensure coordinated and safe care.

Who Can Benefit From Joint Mobilization?

Any patient with joint stiffness or pain can benefit from joint mobilization. However, this technique is generally not used for patients with excessive joint flexibility or fused joints.

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