It is quite common to experience joint pain at some point in life. Depending on the cause it can manifest itself due to an injury, through repetitive use or what we think of as chemical trauma. This relates to the foods you eat for fuel, stress, and other chemical imbalances in your body which can appear in all kinds of ways like auto-immune diseases. It is very important to know your family history to screen you for conditions like Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Reiter’s Syndrome, Psoriatic Arthritis, Lupus, Multiple sclerosis, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. All these conditions effect your joints. There are many other autoimmune diseases and need to be examined by either/firstly your general practitioner and or specialist rheumatologist or endocrinologist.
Your body has many types of joints, from those which barely move such as in your skull, to the more apparent ones we rely on for movement including hips, knees, shoulders and elbows to the joints in your spine, each one has a network of muscle and tendons which keep it functioning. When there is a failure in one of these elements we feel the pain in our movements. Limited range of movement leads to muscle weakness as the total muscle is not used therefore some of the muscle is not developed. If you cannot move into certain ranges of motion certain muscles groups cannot also not work or contract.
Chiropractors can help with the mechanics of a dysfunctional joint, particularly with the spine, to reduce the interference and promote natural healing.