Inflammation that is a result of trauma or infection may be present in joints causing pain or discomfort. There are occupations that use repetitive motions that produce irritation after awhile, causing inflammation to build up in the joints that are being over stressed.
Painful joints are most often associated with arthritis. Arthritis is described as the inflammation of joints. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common of the arthritides. It tends to effect weight bearing joints (lumbar spine and hip joints) due to the wear and tear that these joints experience. Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a more deliberating arthritide. RA tends to effect the hands and wrists more often than any other area. The joints become painful and inflamed causing swelling.
The majority of the population seeks medical help for a quick fix for pain relief. The medications that are prescribed help diminish the pain but do not treat the underlying cause of the dysfunction. The Doctor of Chiropractic looks for these causes.
The Chiropractor will perform an initial consultation and a detailed medical history. After the physical, orthopedic, and chiropractic examinations, radiographs of the area of chief complaint may be warranted for further diagnosis. Based on the findings the chiropractor gives a report of findings and a treatment plan, which will be discussed with the patient. Referrals to other practitioners are made if necessary.