Experiencing pain, loss of movement and loss of function in the extremities can have a big effect on our quality of life. Whether it’s a painful hip or a stiff shoulder, daily activities can become difficult.
In the upper limb, shoulder problems are common and can include pain and reduced movement. This can happen suddenly with injury as in shoulder impingement and rotator cuff tears or it can happen gradually with time as in frozen shoulder aka adhesive capsulitis. There are also many other conditions that can affect the shoulder. Elbow pain can be debilitating and conditions like ‘golfers elbow’ or ‘tennis elbow’ can happen to anyone, not just athletes. Wrist pain and injuries are not uncommon with modern working environments requiring often repetitive movements and stresses on this area.
In the lower limb, the hip can be a source of pain and discomfort as it is a place where wear and tear or ‘arthritic’ changes can develop. Similarly, the knee can experience pain and loss of function with arthritic changes. Injuries can also occur in the knee and there are many other conditions which can affect both the knee and hip. The ankle is also a place where many people can experience pain and injuries.
Chiropractors are trained to be able to effectively diagnose problems with the extremities through focused case history taking and physical examination. Chiropractic care alongside focused exercise and guided self-management are shown to be extremely effective in managing a multitude of extremity disorders.
If you’ve been experiencing these complaints give us a call on 01772 696 611 and see one of our chiropractors today.
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