Chiropractic Treatment for the Ankle, Wrist, Knee and Shoulder

Written by Justin Schallmann

On March 12, 2013

Ankle, wrist, knee chiropractic adjustments

Not Just The Spine

Did you know that the benefits of chiropractic treatment extend to joints beyond the spine? It’s true. All the joints in the body need movement to remain healthy and functional. This is not just limited to the joints in your spine.

Appropriate movement of the joints depends directly upon their alignment. Being alignment specialists, chiropractors are generally concerned with appropriate functioning of every joint in the body. As we explained in our recent article about chiropractic myths, adjustments for the joints are generally not painful at all.

If you’re experiencing symptoms such as a restricted range of motion or you’re experiencing sounds coming from the joints, you would be doing your body a great service to see a chiropractor. An adjustment may be just the treatment you need to remedy the problem.

In this article, I am going to talk about four main joints of the body and we work on with patients at Back In Balance Chiropractic.

The Ankle

Inversion sprain is one of the most common injuries that can occur to the ankle. When the ankle is suddenly twisted, the twist not only results in inflammation in the ankle joint and areas around it, but it also partially tears some of the ligaments providing support.

This can in turn alter the biomechanics or misalign the bones in the foot and the ankle. Therefore, inappropriate mechanics might actually be the cause of ankle sprain.

Before turning to using chiropractic treatment for the ankle, chiropractors usually first suggest decreasing the inflammation through applications of ice, rest and elevation for about 3 days or 72 hours. It is crucial for patients to let the initial stage of the remedies to run their course.

This is important because it enables chiropractors to conduct an appropriate assessment of the ankle. Swelling of the joint can potentially cause joint restriction. For this reason, chiropractors are extremely concerned about the probable damage that can be caused to ligaments surrounding the ankle.

However, the ability to mobilize the joint as quickly as possible is essential. Immobility of the joint for a prolonged period of time can result in accumulation of scar tissues and degeneration of muscles. So make sure you don’t waste time getting your ankle checked out.

The Knee

Misalignment syndromes are quite common in the knee. The knee is a simple hinge joint that moves in a single plane. Any sudden movement or twist of the lower leg can result in putting unusual pressure on the knee joint.

Misalignment syndromes of the knee that can cause pain include chondromalacia patella and patellofemoral syndrome. If pain is experienced in the knee area, referring to a chiropractor is suggested as it is significant to find out the origin of the problems with the knee alignment.

Proximal tibiofibular, the lesser known knee joint, is located on the outside half of the knee. The core bone forming this joint is known as the fibula and the fibula goes all the way down to the external area of the ankle where it then creates the lateral malleolus.

Defective positioning of the fibula can cause trouble in both the ankle as well as the knee, particularly when injuries resulting from twisting concern this bone. In order to reposition the fibula at the joints and to ease the pain caused by subluxations, a chiropractor can perform gentle adjustments to realign the joint.

The Wrist

Like the ankle for your lower body functions, the wrist is a significant joint for the upper extremities. Activities that involve repetitive movement of the hands and arms can cause irritation in the wrist area.

Of the activities that involve the use of hands, gripping is the most common one. The nerves and muscles that enable a person to perform a gripping action go through an enclosed space known as carpal tunnel which is located inside the wrist.

Carpal tunnel syndrome, an extremely painful condition, is caused by misalignment of the bones that form the carpal tunnel as well as the irritation of the soft tissues that pass through it. To deal with these problems, consider making an appointment with a chiropractor as they are specialists who have the ability to help you pursue the best course of action.

Often, a basic adjustment performed on the wrist can prove to be all that is needed to provide immediate relief and eliminate the possibility of experiencing pain and dysfunction. However, at times, it may be necessary to apply ice, splint or engage in targeted exercise and stretch to recover the affected area.

The Shoulder

Last but not least by any means is the shoulder. It is a complex joint in the sense that it requires the greatest array of motion due to its functional needs, but without needing a great amount of stability. Whereas most other joints are provided with an increased amount of stability by their own structure, the shoulder relies on surrounding muscles for a balance of strength and flexibility.

Moreover, the positioning of the shoulder is directly impacted by poor posture which can in turn lead to problems in the concerned area.

Chiropractors understand that subluxations in the neck can very easily cause pain in the sensitive nerves that go through the area leading to the shoulder.

Restriction of the upper spine can result in creating a fixated curve in this area causing the head as well as the shoulders to sway forward. This then puts extreme pressure on the supporting tissues. However, visiting a chiropractor can quickly remedy both of these issues.

The important thing to remember though is that even when a joint is restored back to proper functioning, be it by realignment or enhancing mobility, it is up to the patient to engage in exercise and stretching that will aid in maintaining its function.

At Back In Balance, we work with you until your pain is gone. Whether it requires 1 trip or 12, our goal is to completely eliminate pain from your body.

I would love to hear your thoughts. Comment below and let’s get the discussion going.

Justin Schallmann

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  1. Steffen

    Thanks for finally writing about the treatments for ankle and knee pain!

  2. Roseanne

    Great work! This is the type of chiropractic information that people need to read. Looking forward to more content that you produce. You got a good team of writers!

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