Pain in one or many joints is a leading complaint in all ages. It can come from a simple trauma, degeneration, aging, uric acid, even from polyarthritic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. In most cases, pain is associated with swelling, redness and stiffness. The symptoms usually worsen at night and at waking up.
Prior to the treatment that varies according to the cause of joint pain, the clinician will explore the condition of the patient thoroughly by taking a detailed medical history and carrying out clinical tests (movement, pain, vision, reflexes, strength etc.). If the clinician can be of help, his purpose is initially to lower the levels of inflammation and increase the quality of movement of the joint(s), and eventually to deal with every possible cause (or causation) of the condition, if possible. This is achieved by applying manipulative techniques at the affected joints (if the patient’s body allows it*), exercises, acupuncture and hydrotherapy, while nutritional advice is given depending on the cause of the joint pain. With time, other areas and body systems will be looked at in order to achieve a physical, biochemical and psychological balance.
Note: In an acute episode of pain techniques directly on the affected area are avoided, and they are only applied in adjacent regions. In the suspicion of bone fracture or metastasis the patient is immediately referred.