Chiropractors treat joint pain and joint dysfunction by adjusting the joints to release pressure off the nerves and by creating specific exercise and stretching programs to help restore full range of motion in the joints.
What are the most common types of joint dysfunction that you treat in your practice?
Dr. Scott Gardner: The most common types of joint dysfunction that we see are number one, spinal which would include lower back, neck, mid back and upper back. Then followed by hips, knees and also shoulders.
What are the main causes and symptoms of joint dysfunction?
Dr. Scott Gardner: The main causes of joint dysfunction are overuse or repetitive use or repetitive motion syndrome.
Typical symptoms would include some type of pain, lack of normal movement or motion and most often swelling.
Are there specific chiropractic treatments and therapies used to help rehabilitate joints?
Dr. Scott Gardner: Yes. Number one and most importantly is to determine if the problem is in fact a chiropractic one or if we need to get some other type of healthcare professional involved. If we do find that it is a chiropractic one then we put together a specific program for the individual built on chiropractic adjustments along with strengthening and stretching exercises.
For a new patient experiencing joint pain, what is involved in the first chiropractic visit and what are follow-up visits like?
Dr. Scott Gardner: The first visit to our office involves us doing our investigation which would include a consultation, a detailed history, specific orthopedic/neurological testing to assess the joint and the problem area. Then if we need to take x-rays of the area, that as well. Then at that point we would put together a program that’s built around the individual’s needs based on chiropractic adjustments, exercises and a home program.
Can chiropractic treatments help prevent the need for joint surgery? If not, under what conditions would someone need surgery?
Dr. Scott Gardner: Yes. Really an ounce of prevention is always worth more than a pound of cure so the better we take care of our bodies through exercise, nutrition, quality rest, positive attitude and a healthy nervous system the better our bodies will work and the less need for surgery.
But surgery can be necessary when the supporting structures like the cartilage between the joints begin to deteriorate to a point where now we’re seeing really bone on bone. At that point we would recommend a surgical consultation.
If you are interested in speaking with Dr. Scott Gardner visit www.gardnerfamilychiro.com or call 973-614-9256 to schedule an appointment.