Chronic Joint Pain Relief in Millersville and Crofton, MD
Understanding and Identifying Common Causes of Joint Pain
The human body has somewhere between 250 and 350 joints. The number depends on the person’s age and your definition of a joint. Some see a joint as being anywhere two bones connect, while others insist a joint has to connect the two bones to create movement. Joints include your shoulders, knees, hips, and elbows. With so many joints in the body, it seems inevitable that joint pain will affect you at least once in your lifetime. Joint pain is one of the most common complaints as people age. Depending on the cause, joint pain can be mild or severe and either acute or chronic. Common causes of joint pain include injuries, arthritis, tendinitis, fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, lupus, bursitis, and cancer. Symptoms of joint pain include swelling, tenderness, and inflammation. If you’re seeking joint pain relief in Millersville or Crofton, MD, Effective Integrative Healthcare would be happy to help. Contact us to learn more!
Joint Pain Treatments at Effective Integrative Healthcare
Severe or chronic joint pain can make bearing your weight so painful that it restricts your range of motion and mobility. Patients who come to us for joint pain relief are given a thorough evaluation and examination to help pinpoint the cause of their joint pain. Treatments will be recommended based on the severity and frequency of your joint pain, but may include any of the following:
Chiropractic care is one of the most common holistic treatments for arthritis and joint pain. Chiropractic adjustments help restore function to stiff, painful joints. There are as many as 150 different ways a chiropractor may adjust your spine, joints, and muscles to alleviate chronic pain. Even just treating the soft tissue around an arthritic joint can help improve circulation and decrease pain and inflammation.
Trigger Point Injections
Your body has clusters of muscle tissue (trigger points) that occasionally spasm and form painful knots. Trigger point injections target these muscle knots, injecting a plant-based anti-inflammatory drug called Sarapin. Sarapin injections are our preferred type of trigger point injection because we prefer to use natural products with fewer side effects. However, as a last resort, we may also recommend cortisone injections for some patients experiencing chronic joint pain.
Physical Therapy & Trigger Point Therapy
We cannot stress the importance of exercising and stretching to maintain range of motion in your joints. Physical therapy is often recommended for patients with chronic joint pain. Benefits include reduced joint pain, inflammation, and stiffness, as well as an improved range of motion with strengthened joints. We may also suggest trigger point therapy (also called myofascial release) to apply targeted pressure on stiff or painful joints. Trigger point therapy also aids patients with back and neck pain, whiplash, carpal tunnel syndrome, and repetitive work injuries.
Studies have shown a link between poor blood circulation and joint pain. Massage therapy alleviates joint pain by improving the blood circulation to affected areas that are massaged, rubbed, or kneaded by our experienced massage therapists. Massage therapy reduces pain and stiffness in the joints, promoting relaxation and more restful sleep at night.
Acupuncture is another remedy suggested for arthritis and chronic joint pain because it seeks to improve blood circulation and energy flow by promoting the body’s self-healing properties. Using thin, medical-grade needles, an acupuncturist inserts needles into your body’s trigger points to stimulate the release of endorphins (natural painkillers). Acupuncture is usually used in tandem with other holistic joint pain treatments at Effective Integrative Healthcare.
Hyaluronic Acid (HA) Supplements
Your body produces hyaluronic acid to keep your tissues well-lubricated. It is commonly found in your skin, eyes, and connective tissues, which includes those found in your joints. If your joints are well-lubricated, you’re less likely to experience pain or discomfort from bones grinding against each other in your joints. We’d be happy to discuss the advantages of taking hyaluronic acid supplements or any of our nutritional IV therapy supplements, which may help with joint pain and other ailments.
Contact Us to Develop a Customized Joint Treatment Plan
If you could use joint pain relief in the Millersville or Crofton, MD area, please contact Effective Integrative Healthcare to schedule an appointment. We’ll develop a customized joint treatment plan after a thorough evaluation and diagnosis, which may include joint X-rays and blood tests. Our team applies four phases of care for each patient seeking chiropractic care and other treatments: relief care, corrective care, strengthening care, and wellness care. We’d be happy to explain the process to you in greater detail and advise you on how to manage your joint pain going forward during your consultation.