Chiropractic Extremity Adjustments in Knees, Shoulders and Ankles and Relief from Arthritic Pain from Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gouty Arthritis and Psoriatic Arthritis

Chiropractic Extremity Adjustments in Knees, Shoulders and Ankles and Relief from Arthritic Pain from Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gouty Arthritis and Psoriatic Arthritis

Joints, especially in the knees, shoulders, ankles and spine, can often become injured, causing pain and discomfort (arthralgia). Out of the 150 to 200 million cases of back pain each year, many of these case are joint-injury related.

Vital to long-term joint health are sensible active everyday movement and exercise, intelligent nutrition, and an overall well-being dedicated lifestyle.

Because joints are not supplied directly with blood like the body’s organs are, it’s important to consistently move your joints through their full range of motion. The saying, “If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it” is apropos when it comes to joint function and health.

Most joints in the body are lined with cartilage which covers the surface of the bones composing the joint. Cartilage within a joint is nourished by synovial(1) fluid which is forced into the cartilage through a process called imbibition (absorption). The pressure within the joint providing this synovial fluid support and nourishment to the cartilage occurs only when joint movement happens which is why movement is critical to joint health. When bones grind on bones degenerative joint disease occurs which not only tears up bones and but creates cysts, bone spurs and excess bone production.

Intelligent nutrition can also help provide the joints with enough nutrients for long-term stability and the ability to resist wear and tear. Please keep in mind that nutrition counseling is a principle focus at Wagner Chiropractic.

A well-being dedicated lifestyle means maintaining habits of living that are clean and pure rather than toxic helping to ensure good blood supply to the tissues surrounding the joints which supports and speeds healing of the joints should an injury occur.

Most joint injuries occur as a result of abnormal stresses placed on the joint and very often happen as a single trauma such as an ankle sprain, for example.

When relatively small abnormal stresses are repeatedly placed on normal joints, these are called repetitive-stress injuries or cumulative-trauma disorders. They can be caused by poor posture or improper joint position while performing a task.

As well as adjusting the spine, chiropractors are very adept at adjusting the joints including knees, ankles, shoulders, wrists, and elbows to relieve pain and tension and promote efficient function. Chiropractors work to restore proper structure of a joint so that it can work as it was designed. And only a handful of chiropractors are trained to deal with other joints called extremities and usually are referred to as sports injury clinics. At Wagner Chiropractic your injuries will be attended to even if you aren’t an athlete.

When joints are inflamed, chiropractors very carefully do not work directly on the joint and instead may perform any of several adjunctive non-invasive therapies designed to bring relief to the surrounding area.


Arthritis can cause joint swelling and stiffness as well as arthralgia (joint pain). Johns Hopkins Medicine defines arthritis as an “inflammation of a joint” that causes "pain, stiffness, and swelling in joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, or bones.”

Chiropractic is very effective at maximizing the function of an arthritic joint. Even if a chiropractor does not touch your arthritic joint, he or she can treat the surrounding tissues to significantly reduce overall pain.

Principle types of arthritis:

  • Osteoarthritis: A degenerative disorder affecting flexible joint cartilage

  • Inflammatory arthritis: scleroderma(2), gouty arthritis(3), psoriatic arthritis(4) and other

  • Rheumatoid arthritis: Chronic inflammatory disorders in the joints

Good self-care combined with non-invasive, non-addictive treatment such as the kind provided by your chiropractor should form your first line of defense in managing and relieving joint pain.

Both osteoarthritis and inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis caused by breakdown of a certain degree of cartilage is the most common type of arthritis. More than 20 million people in the United States have the disease and it is one of the leading causes of disability.

Osteoarthritis occurs most often in the knees, hips, small joints of the fingers, the base of the thumb, the big toes, and the neck and lower back. If you have osteoarthritis, you may notice pain while performing certain activities or stiffness when you get up in the morning but which lasts no more than 30 minutes. As osteoarthritis advances it causes limitation of motion of the joint. Inflammatory conditions like psoriatic and rheumatoid arthritis feel relief from getting joints adjusted and aligned.

Chiropractic care can be an excellent way to manage and relieve the pain of arthritis. Adjustments can help reduce joint restrictions or misalignments in the spine and joints to reduce inflammation and improve function of the affected joint and nervous system. By increasing joint mobility and improving nervous system function and spinal health, the body can more resiliently manage osteo- or inflammatory arthritis symptoms.

Routine chiropractic care is a safe, non-invasive and non-addictive alternative to prescription opioids or over-the-counter pain medications so commonly prescribed to patients by doctors for pain management. Chiropractic patients regularly notice significantly reduced pain, a notable decrease in pain severity, improved mobility and a greater ability to perform general everyday activities. Please see our testimonial from a 20-year rheumatoid arthritic patient who has been receiving treatment from Wagner Chiropractic for ten years.

  1. relating to or denoting a type of joint that is surrounded by a thick flexible membrane forming a sac into which is secreted a viscous fluid that lubricates the joint.

  2. a chronic hardening and contraction of the skin and connective tissue, either locally or throughout the body

  3. a form of inflammatory arthritis characterized by recurrent attacks of a red, tender, hot, and swollen joint

  4. a long-term inflammatory arthritis that occurs in people affected by the autoimmune disease psoriasis



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