Treating Joint and Orthopedic Pain

All joints, whether of the arms, legs or spine can produces pain or create pain around them if they’re stiff. For instance, long before a hip or shoulder becomes arthritic the capsule first becomes stiff. Years and decades before arthritis forms most people will complain of muscle achiness and tightness. We can help you preserve your joint health some treatment and self care strategies so you can limit the wear and tear associated with again. 


The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body. But with that amazing ability for motion, its gives up its stabilizing ability. Therefore, it’s more susceptible to life’s wear and tear since we often live a life sitting down at a computer or hunched over in any other way. Protection of the shoulder starts in the spine and its ability to provide a stabilizing foundation for this joint always moving. If the spine is tight, then the neck and shoulders are hung out to dry and we experience the endless postural, pain and joint issues found within the region. I enjoy addressing injuries of upper extremity (shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand). More severe nerve and vascular injuries such at Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) are welcome as well. 

Elbow and Wrist

Conditions such as strains, sprains, tendonitis, epicondylitis, tendonosis, bursitis and arthritic conditions are addressed efficiently with the practice. I also feel comfortable managing nerve and tendon injuries such as ulnar and radial neuropathy, carpal tunnel, trigger finger and etc.

Hip & Lower Extremity

Why is it that men have such tight hips yet have less hip complaints than women that generally have excellent hip mobility in their younger years? There are physical reasons that influence the function and aging process of a hip, which should be considered when managing such cases. Generally, the hip is part of a complex function between itself, the pelvis, the other hip, and the low back. If one aspect isn’t functioning well, like a tight back, then you might over compensate with increased stress upon a hip, and vice versa. 

I’m also comfortable addressing more complex hip complains such as Femoral Acetabular Impingement, Hip Dysplasia, Labral Tears and Arthritis, let alone piriformis syndrome, 

Knee, Ankle and Foot Complaints

The loss of knee, ankle and foot health is often the beginning of decreased fitness and activity in one’s life. Whether a meniscus issue, Iliotibial band syndrome, plantar fasciitis or tendon issues of the knee and ankle, I’m experienced identifying and treating such conditions. In fact, I attended two Olympic games with US Speedskating and worked with many different types of skater over the years. Complex foot and ankle complaints are some of my favorite issues to work with. 

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    What are the treatments For Sacroiliac Joint Pain?

    Sacroiliac joint pain can be treated with various conservative and medical strategies. The first step is to determine if the SI joint is the primary issue or a compensatory cause. Is the joint inflamed (sacroilitis) or unstable (ligament laxity), which influences the healing path we utilize. Rest, hot/cold therapy, manual therapy, manual manipulation, dry needling, therapeutic taping and bracing are just a few conservative options.

    What Helps Joint Pain?

    Treatments for joint pain include rest, hot/cold therapy, physical therapy, pain meds, manual therapy, manual manipulations, massage therapy, and sometimes injections. Our providers will help you decide which treatment or treatments are appropriate for you following an initial consultation.

    What Does Joint Pain Feel Like?

    Sometimes joint pain can feel stiff, achy, or sore but some patients describe it as feeling burning, throbbing, or grating. It usually depends on where the pain is and what is causing it.

    How To Help Joint Pain?

    Methods that can help joint pain include hot/cold therapy, physical therapy, pain meds, manual therapy, manual manipulations, massage therapy, and sometimes injections.

    What Can Cause Pain In Multiple Joints?

    Pain in multiple joints is generally caused by an unbalanced stress upon the greater system. Inflammatory causes could be arthritis, fibromyalgia, bursitis, tendinitis, soft tissue abnormalities, hypothyroidism, nerve irritation, metabolic bone disease and infections. But, over training, work related and family stress can compromise our ability to recover, rest and heal appropriately. Myofascial tightness can be a product of abnormal amounts of stress and present as general joint stiffness. A proper evaluation and treatment plan can tease out the root cause. 

    Eric St. Pierre
    Sports Chiropractor

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