Some people call Chiropractors Spine or Back Doctors. Although this is not incorrect, it is incomplete. The chiropractic approach works just as well for joints in your arms and legs as it does for your spine. This is because virtually every joint in your body can lose its position and motion. This can affect the quality and quantity of movement and irritate surrounding soft tissues. Trauma, micro-traumas, vibrations and repetitive motions can produce joint and soft tissue problems. Chiropractic care can help.
When chiropractic is applied to the spine, it restores proper motion of spinal bones, and reduces nerve irritation. When chiropractic techniques are applied to other joints, range of motion can be improved, and painful irritation and inflammation reduced.
Many shoulder problems are caused by prolonged or repetitive overuse activities with arms over head, or extended in front of the body. Others are caused by trauma or bio-mechanical faults to the area where nerves exit the neck. This may cause shoulder pain, pain traveling down the arm, or numbness & tingling in the hands. Many patients enjoy the improvement from chiropractic care.
Classic tennis elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis) is a repetitive strain injury affecting the muscle-bone junction in the elbow. The pain worsens with grasping and repetitive forearm and wrist movements. It is very common in racquet sport players, and also carpenters, plumbers, mechanics, office workers, and cashiers.
Common wrist problems, varying from a strain from trauma (fall) or overuse to carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) generally respond well to chiropractic care. CTS is usually due to compression of the median nerve as it passes between the ligaments and bones of the wrist. Reducing inflammation, restoring joint motion and integrity, stretching & strengthening are all part of the chiropractic program to help avoid surgery.
HIP / PELVIS
The hip bones join to your pelvic and tail bones to form the foundation of your spine. All of these joints can affect nerves exiting the spine. Chiropractic adjustments to this area can help relieve much low back, hip and leg symptoms.
There are many conditions affecting the knee, which are mostly a result of acute trauma (eg. Ligament or meniscus strain & tear) or constant recurring irritation (eg. Bursitis, ligament & joint sprain). Arthritis also prominently develops in the knee, especially females after 45 years of age. Without any form of treatment, this can be a long standing problem that can slowly affect knee function and eventually change your future lifestyle.
The ankle is the most frequently injured joint in the body. Ankle sprains jam the bones in your ankle and foot, and irritate/tear the supporting ligaments. Sprains regularly occurs whilst playing sport, walking on rough surfaces, and also for women wearing high heels. Over time, the ankle may heal, however, it may be more prone to injury.The sole of the foot may also loose its arch causing stress on the ankle and knees. This can be associated with pain on the sole of the feet, ankle or knees while walking and over time, can lead to bony spurs growing from the heel. Chiropractic aims to optimize healing of the affected area, and enhance ankle bio-mechanics and stability.