Joint Pain

Ankle Pronation and Knee Osteoarthritis

Knee osteoarthritis (KOA) is a very common condition that is a significant cause of disability in older adults, often resulting in knee replacement surgery. There are several contributing factors to KOA, and perhaps one of the most important issues is excessive force exerted on the knee joint by improper biomechanics of the foot and ankle. In the normal gait or walking cycle, there are two primary phases called the stance phase...

Dietary Management of Joint Pain

It’s generally accepted that the normal aging process includes stiff joints and sore muscles. While exercise, stretching, hot/cold packs, and chiropractic care are commonly used tools for the non-pharmaceutical management of joint pain, there’s a growing body of research suggesting that dietary approaches to reduce inflammation may be just as important. The following list of foods and food additives can promote inflammation and should be avoided as much as possible: Sugar:...

Hip Pain and Total Hip Replacement

According to medical historians, the first artificial total hip arthroplasty (THA) was performed in Germany in the early 1890s. Since then, there have been many advancements in the design of the artificial hip and how the procedure is performed, even to the point of the introduction of the minimally invasive total hip arthroplasty, or miTHA, which offers similar long-term outcomes but involves only a small incision size results in less...

Can Spinal Manipulation Help Shoulder Pain or Function?

Non-surgical, conservative care to address shoulder pain, especially when caused by shoulder impingement syndrome (SIS), is one of the most common reasons patients visit a chiropractic office. Doctors of chiropractic often manage the condition with a combination of manual therapies and exercises targeted on the shoulder joint. The scientific literature is rich with studies showing the benefits of shoulder exercises to address SIS, and a poorer outcome is more likely without...

Baker’s Cyst and Knee Pain

A Baker’s cyst is a swelling located in the back of the knee that can be either asymptomatic or bothersome, especially when bending the knee. Researchers estimate that up to 94% of popliteal (back of the knee) cysts are associated with an intra-articular disorder, most commonly meniscus (“cartilage”) tears, as well as osteoarthritis, inflammatory arthritis (like rheumatoid), and ACL tears. In about 50% of healthy adult knees, there is a valvular...

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