Joint problems are often a sign of aging or serious systemic disease, such as osteoarthritis or even rheumatoid arthritis or non rheumatoid arthropathies. However, joint pains may be the result of a body out of balance which is overloading the structure.
To ensure that an appropriate treatment strategy is adopted it is important that the Osteopath takes a comprehensive history. This will give strong clues as to the underlying problem, reinforced by palpation of the joints and local structures.
Functional problems with joints caused by poor body use or failures of compensation may well result in joint pain. This is particularly true of the load bearing structures such as hips, knees, ankles and feet. Often simple adjustments and supporting exercises can reduce or completely eliminate the pain.
Joint pain is a frequent problem for sportsmen participating in high joint loading and asymmetric sports such as javelin, tennis football and jumping.
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