Joint pain

Upper limb pain - shoulder, arm, wrist and hand

The upper limb is specialised for mobility rather than stability and is highly adapted to allow you to perform fine and complex tasks. Upper limb complaints, even when relatively minor can significantly affect your ability to perform your normal everyday tasks.

Causes

Upper limb complaints can occur for many different reasons, common ones include minor sprains, strains or injuries. Repetitive strain injuries are possible due to repeated small every day stresses, or from excessive or repetitive movement during sport activities such as tennis or golf.

Pain can be referred into the upper limb from problems in the neck and shoulder region (See mechanical neck pain).

Upper limb pain can begin after a causative traumatic incident or can come on for seemingly no reason.

Symptoms

Upper limb pain symptoms vary widely depending on the cause and structures involved. It can be as local and simple as the tendon irritation associated with tennis elbow or as widespread and complex as nerve compression in the neck region causing pain, numbness, burning, weakness and loss of coordination in the whole arm.

Your chiropractor will use orthopaedic, neurological and muscular tests to establish the cause of your problem and ensure that you are given the correct treatment.

Chiropractic

The treatment of upper limb pain depends entirely on the cause of the problem. Your chiropractor is trained to diagnose and treat a wide range of upper limb problems and to recognise problems which may need a referral back to the GP or to another health care professional.

Chiropractic is widely recognised as a cost effective and evidence based approach to joint pain. After a full assessment during which your chiropractor will diagnose the cause of your current symptoms, gentle adjustments will be made to your body.

As part of your chiropractic treatment, your chiropractor will discuss with you ways in which you can avoid future problems with your upper limb. Recommendations may include exercise and lifestyle advice.

Lower limb pain - groin, leg, knee, ankle and foot

The lower limb is specialised for stability and locomotion and is much more stable and less flexible than the upper limb. Lower limb complaints are very common in all age groups and can affect mobility and restrict activities of daily living.

Causes

Lower limb complaints can occur for many different reasons, common ones include minor sprains, strains or injuries. Repetitive strain injuries are possible due to repeated small every day stresses, or from excessive repetitive movement during sport activities such as running or football.

Pain can be referred into the lower limb from problems in the lower back, hip or pelvis. Sometimes the problematic area is relatively pain-free and the pain is felt only in the groin, bottom or leg.

Lower limb pain can occur due to arthritis. The joints most commonly affected by this are the large weight-bearing joints of the hip or knee.

Symptoms

Lower limb pain symptoms vary widely depending on the cause and structures involved. It can be as local and simple as an achilles tendon irritation or as widespread and complex as nerve compression in the lumbar region causing pain, numbness, burning, weakness and loss of coordination in the whole leg.

Your chiropractor will use orthopaedic, neurological and muscular tests to establish the cause of your problem and ensure that you are given the correct treatment.

Chiropractic

The treatment of lower limb pain depends entirely on the cause of the problem. Your chiropractor is trained to diagnose and treat a wide range of lower limb problems and to recognise problems, which may need a referral back to the GP or to another health care professional.

Chiropractic is widely recognised as a cost effective and evidence based approach to join pain. After a full assessment during which your chiropractor will diagnose the cause of your current symptoms, gentle adjustments will be made to your body.

As part of your chiropractic treatment, your chiropractor will discuss with you ways in which you can avoid future problems with your lower limb. Recommendations may include exercise and lifestyle advice.

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