Joints are where one bone connects with another. They are the space between that allow for proper movement and function. At Langford Chiropractic in Chula Vista, CA, Dr. Stan G. Langford III offers effective joint pain treatment using novel, painless techniques.
Our Body Relies on Joints
Our body has many different types of joints, from those that barely move at all (like the sutures in your skull) to synovial joints that move in many different directions (like your shoulder joints, ankle joint, hip joint, spinal facet joints, and more).
We know that when the joints move properly, your muscles and ligaments function at an optimal level. This affords you proper function and no pain.
However, when joints do not work properly, this leads to a whole host of problems. Primarily, when the joints do not work properly, the muscles and ligaments cannot function properly either. They will tend to either shorten or elongate, depending on the joint problem.
When this occurs, they leak toxins that irritate local tissues and nerves. This leads to further pain and dysfunction that compounds until the underlying issue is resolved. It is important to note that when your body experiences pain, it also alters other bodily function.
For example, when you bang your knee or burn your hand, your heart rate and respiration change for a little while. These effects of neurological involvement due to joint dysfunction are called autonomic concomitants.
This means that side effects in your body that are not readily apparent. If you have musculoskeletal damage to your body that goes untreated, it is also likely that you are affecting your heart, brain, lung, or other organ function over time.
Joint Pain Causes
Joint pain, sometimes called arthralgia, is discomfort that occurs in a location where two bones meet. Pain can occur in joints anywhere in the body, including the hands, back, knees, neck, and shoulders.
There are many common causes of joint pain, ranging from injury to arthritis to infectious and inflammatory diseases, including:
Joint Injury and Overuse
Injuries such as broken bones, dislocations and muscle sprains and strains can all cause pain in the affected joint. Other conditions caused by overuse may also lead to joint pain. For example, chondromalacia patellae, or degeneration of the cartilage beneath the kneecap, is a condition that commonly causes joint pain in adolescents and young adults. It may occur as a result of excessive force on the knee, overuse, or injury.
Many types of arthritis cause progressive, chronic joint pain. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and commonly causes pain in the joints of the hips, knees, hands or spine, according to the National Institutes of Health. Septic arthritis is an infection that has spread from another location of the body to one joint, causing severe pain.
Gout is a type of arthritis that causes severe attacks of pain in the joints–usually in the big toe. Pseudogout is a condition similar to gout that also causes sudden, painful swelling in the joints; however, it usually causes pain in the larger joints of the extremities.