Joint PainJoint Pain Relief in Wasilla, Alaska
Northern Edge Physical Therapy is the right choice for your joint pain physical therapy in Wasilla. We are the only physical therapy practice in the state of Alaska that offers clients excellence in physical therapy with specialized programs such as; Dry Needling, Redcord, AlterG Anti-gravity Treadmill, Low-level Laser Therapy, and Massage Therapy.
Joint problems differ based upon age, activity, and general well-being. The human body relies upon joints for stability and movement. Joint stability allows us to exert force and withstand the loads of an active lifestyle. Joint movement gives us the ability to be independent and resourceful. Stability and movement are closely related and strongly dependent upon supporting cartilage, muscles and ligaments. A young athlete may develop joint instability due to excessive force stressing the joint capsule or ligaments. An older adult can suffer stiff and aching joints due to excessive wear and tear of the joint cartilage. An injury to any of these structures can lead to painful limits and impaired joint function.
The challenge with joint pain is pinpointing which structures are injured and determining the most promising treatments. Lack of specific diagnosis and treatment may be the reason some joint problems tend to become chronic. Northern Edge Physical Therapy understands the challenges faced by those suffering joint pain. Our examination is designed to be specific allowing us to identify structures which are either causing pain or delaying healing. Our treatment is directed towards the pain and the barriers to healing. We offer specialized programs to help achieve pain-relief and enhance performance.
Why do I HURT?
- Here is what happens: Joint pain usually occurs when there’s an injury that causes direct damage to tissue, such as a tear or sprain. For instance, a fall on the shoulder or sudden turning on the gym floor can exceed the tolerance for loading and stress in a joint. The incident may occur so rapidly that the supporting structures (muscles, ligaments and joints) don’t have enough time to react. This delayed reaction can be altered by the type of movement, level of awareness, body position and general health (physical and emotional) condition.
- Until you get better: Movement is the fuel of all life and promotes healing. Some movement is better than none especially in the case of joint pain. Healing is often delayed in situations where anxiety and fear of re-injury prevents movement.
- Repeat injury: Inflammation prevents nutrients from reaching injured tissues. Some inflammation is natural during the healing process but it can become excessive and persistent due to inactivity, stress, repeated trauma and lack of treatment. Other weakened or deconditioned areas not affected by the original injury can become painful and limited due to persistent inflammation and lack of movement.
- Trigger pain reflex: Pain triggers a reflexive change in movement patterns. Movement becomes un-natural and leads to imbalanced posture, uncontrolled motion and excessive guarding. Pain can easily become a training aide that reshapes movement patterns and alters muscle activation in efforts to protect and shield tissues/joints from further injury. However, just like inflammation this pain driven reflex can become excessive and persistent.