Your knees, hips, elbows, spine, wrists, and shoulders are all examples of joints. These are places in your body where two or more bones meet each other. Joints are flexible, allowing you to walk, bend, twist, pick things up, and jump. When your bones don’t meet each other correctly, they are misaligned, which can cause pain, difficulty moving, and damage to the joint.
At Paragon Integrated Medical, our friendly and compassionate medical team provides effective treatments for injuries, chronic pain, and chronic conditions. Led by skilled and experienced chiropractor Patrick Connolly DC, we provide a full range of services to eliminate your discomfort and get you moving freely again.
What is misalignment?
Located all around your body, your joints are what enable you to move. You have joints in your spine, feet, hands, wrists, hips, elbows, shoulders, and many other places in your body. In each of these joints, two or more bones meet each other. The bones are stabilized by support from tendons that connect the bones to muscles, and ligaments, that connect bones to bones.
Ideally, the bones in each joint are in proper alignment with each other so that the pressures from movement can be directly transferred from one bone to another, cushioned by cartilage and fluid-filled sacs called a bursa. However, sometimes the bones are not properly aligned with each other, which is called misalignment. This can cause swelling, pain, wear and tear, injury, and difficulty moving.
How misalignments can affect your hips and knees
Your hips and knees bear the weight of your body, especially when you are standing, walking, running, and jumping. Your hip and knee are connected by the longest, and the biggest bone in your body, called the thighbone or femur. In your knee, this thigh bone meets the two bones in the lower part of your leg called the shinbone (tibia) and calf bone (fibula).
In proper alignment, these bones meet each other and your knee bone (patella) at the correct angles for proper transfer of weight and stress from one bone to the next. The bones are cushioned from directly touching each other by cartilage and fluid-filled sacs that are called bursa.
Sometimes these joints become misaligned, either due to injury, a chronic condition, or wear and tear from aging. As a result, the bones are not adequately meeting each other, putting an unnatural amount of stress on their joints. This can cause pain, inflammation, and further damage to the joint.
Treatment for misalignment
Although patients can use medications to reduce swelling and pain due to misalignments, the most effective treatment is an adjustment that restores the joint’s functionality. This involves gently manipulating the joint to bring it back into alignment, eliminating pain and inflammation without the need for drugs.