Just like the bones in your spine, the bones in your extremities (the parts of our body from our shoulders to our hands and from our legs to our feet) can shift slightly out of place. As a result, you may feel pain, numbness, tingling, aching, or stiffness at the joint. You may also notice swelling at the joint. The causes of joint pain may be activity related (sports, moving heavy furniture, twisting, throwing, etc.) or repetitive motion related (typing on a computer, factory work, etc). You can also suffer a direct trauma to a joint.
Traditionally, the treatment for extremity injuries is splinting a joint, physical therapy, pain medications, steroid injections, or surgery. These treatments may help alleviate some of the symptoms, but, ultimately, will not fix the cause of the problem.
I utilize the Gonstead Technique: a low-force, gentle style of adjusting that does not involve any rotational or “twisty” moves. I utilize the same technique for adjusting the extremities. Every patient is examined to determine where the problem is, and how to fix it. Specific adjusting is done to the joint or bone that is misaligned. Most patients notice a reduction in pain immediately, and many end up with better range of motion and strength than before the injury occurred.
It is important that your Chiropractor have additional training with extremities adjusting to insure you are receiving the most comprehensive care for your injury. Many patients see additional benefit from combining Chiropractic adjustments with Massage Therapy or Physical Therapy. With the proper care, your extremity pain can be relieved quickly.
I happily provide free consultations to people wondering if Chiropractic is the right treatment for their pain.
Dr. Rachel Heneberry