Noisy Joints – Snaps, Cracks and Pops

Why do joints crackOur noisy joints are one of the medical mysteries of the body, which most people experience during their lifetime. When a joint is “cracked” many people experience a feeling of release and a reduction in joint tension.

To understand the possible causes of joint sound, let’s first review the anatomy of a joint. A joint is comprised of many structures:

  • Bone
  • Ligaments – elastic bands of tissue which connect bones
  • Tendons – elastic bands of tissue which connect muscles to bones
  • Cartilage – a firm, yet flexible connective tissue which may deteriorate with age or injury
  • Meniscus – a curved type of cartilage found in some joints
  • Synovial membrane – encapsulates the joint
  • Synovial fluid – acts as a lubricant
  • Bursas – fluid-filled sacs which help cushion the joint

There are also several types of joints found in the body which allow for a different type of movement:

  • Ball and socket joints – rotation (ex: shoulder)
  • Hinge joints – bending and straightening (ex: fingers)
  • Pivot joints – limited rotation (ex: neck)
  • Ellipsoidal joints – a variety of movements and rotations (ex: wrist)

Knowing all the complicated structures to a joint as well as the types of joints, it’s no surprise that the shoulders are often the loudest. Grinding, clicking, popping, cracking sounds are quite common in the shoulders.

What causes the joints to make noise? There are a variety of possible reasons as well as theories as to why joints make sounds, including:

  • Compression of nitrogen bubbles within the synovial fluid of a joint.
  • Ligaments stretching and releasing
  • Tendons changing position

As we age, our joints tend to make more noise as cartilage wears down and there is more friction and space to create sound. It was once thought that regular cracking or joints cause arthritis, but that’s no longer believed to be true. However, a recent study suggested a relationship between habitual finger joint cracking and decreased hand strength and joint swelling.

While popping and cracking is normal, it’s imfortant to visit a physician if you experience pain or swelling in a joint.

Joint health tips:

  • Stretch before physical activities
  • Practice good lifestyle and work ergonomics
  • Good posture
  • Try supplements such as mega-3 fatty acids, calcium and glucosamine (speak to your doctor first!)
  • Practice good bone health

We’re here for you and all your joints! If we can answer questions or help you with healthy joints, please reach out to us: 519-258-8544

Lower Back Pain

Help for Low Back Pain Chiropractor Windsor OnOne of the most common types of pain chiropractors regularly help with is lower back pain.

Why is the lower back so vulnerable to pain?

Whether acute or chronic, lower back pain can be caused by many factors, such as:

  • Improper lifting techniques
  • Trauma, such as a fall
  • Sports injury
  • Poor posture
  • Lifestyle causes or poor work ergonomics
  • Lack of muscle tone
  • Fractures
  • Degenerative disease
  • Deformities

Additionally, the lower back is comprised of many complicated structures, making it susceptible to injury and pain:

  • Muscle stress or strain
  • Ligament sprain
  • Bulging or ruptured disks
  • Joint dysfunction

Regardless of the cause or type of lower back pain you suffer from; chiropractic care may be able to help you. In Windsor or Essex County, please reach out to us to arrange for your chiropractic consultation: 519-258-8544

Is a Chiropractic Adjustment Safe?

Is Chiropractic Care Safe Windsor On Dr Scott ColasantiSome people who have never visited a chiropractor may ask: Is a chiropractic adjustment safe?

Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest, non-invasive and drug-free options available for relief and symptom improvement for a wide variety of physical ailments.

Chiropractic care has an excellent safety record, although it’s important to note that no medical treatment is completely risk-free of adverse affects.

While most patients experience relief after a chiropractic adjustment, some people may feel:

  • Slight discomfort, mild soreness or brief pain which generally lasts no longer than 24 hours[1]
  • Stiffness
  • Dizziness
  • Numbness

It’s important to us that all patients are confident and informed. If you are considering chiropractic care and have concerns, please reach out to us: 519-258-8544

[1] Senstad O, et al. Frequency and characteristics of side effects of spinal manipulative therapy. Spine 1997 Feb 15;435-440.

Why Does Your Back Hurt?

Unknown Cause of Back Pain is Very Common It may be surprising to note that 85-95% of Canadians cannot identify the cause of their back pain.

When a specific origin of back pain is undetermined, it’s believed that many factors may contribute, such as:

  • Lack of muscle tone in the back and abdomen
  • Obesity
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Poor posture
  • Improper lifting techniques
  • Work or lifestyle ergonomics
  • Psychological factors (depression, chronic stress)

Chiropractic care is a safe, non-invasion and all-natural treatment option to help correct the source of the pain, and address lifestyle improvement options for all around better health. Please reach out to us if you’re living with back pain. 519-258-8544

What is Chronic Pain?

Chronic Pain Help treatment Windsor On What is chronic pain? Chronic pain is pain that lasts 3 months or persists longer. Chronic pain may:

  • Range from mild discomfort to severe and debilitating
  • Be specific in area or generalized
  • Occur as a result of an injury, illness, infection, lifestyle or unknown cause
  • Be present in all areas of the body
  • Manifest as continual or regularly re-occurring pain

Implications of chronic pain

Often chronic pain is accompanied by other problems such as depression, anxiety, sleep disturbances and relationship challenges; thereby affecting all areas of a person’s life.

Common chronic pain conditions include:

  • Arthritis/rheumatism
  • Back problems (non-arthritic)
  • Chronic bronchitis/emphysema
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Stomach/intestinal ulcers
  • Migraine

It’s estimated that 17% of the population aged 15 and over currently experience chronic pain. [1]

Chronic pain costs more than cancer, heart disease and HIV combined.

Estimates place direct health care costs for Canada to be more than $6 billion per year.

Productivity costs related to job loss and sick days equate to $37 billion per year.

Chronic pain is associated with the worst quality of life as compared with other chronic diseases such as chronic lung or heart disease.[2]

Help for Chronic Pain

Treatment is focused on alleviating the causes of the pain which may involve surgery or less invasive techniques such as muscle strengthening, and avoiding activities which provoke the pain.

Prescription opioids are commonly prescribed to patients with chronic pain, which may lead to adverse side effects, dependency and abuse – a growing problem in health care today.

Natural treatments to help correct the cause of chronic pain, manage painful symptoms and reduce opioid use may include:

  • Deep tissue massage with stimulation of trigger points
  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Heat therapy, ice therapy
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Physical therapy (exercises, stretching)
  • Yoga, Tai Chi, meditation
  • Herbal supplements

Be sure to consult with your primary chronic pain physician before trying any new treatment options. If we can help you naturally help with your chronic pain condition, please reach out to us for a consultation: 519-258-8544

Looking for support for your chronic pain? Visit this online resource.

[1] http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-003-x/1995004/article/2819-eng.pdf

[2] (Phillips and Schopflocher 2008; Schopflocher, Jovey et al. 2010)

Doing Your Best

You’re busy. You give it your all. Your to-do list seems endless. You’re pulled in a million directions, trying to keep up with work, family and household demands.

Are you truly taking care of yourself?

Windsor Ontario Chiropractor Scott Colasanti

Practicing self-care not only benefits you but also everyone and everything in your life.

Here’s a little inspiration for improved self-care:

  • Make good sleep a priority. It’s how your body recharges and heals itself.
  • Plan and prepare healthy meals in advance as a family activity. Give your body the fuel it needs to meet the day’s demands.
  • Take time for yourself every day. Exercise, take a walk, chat with a friend, try meditation or read.
  • Let go of comparisons. Everyone has unique gifts as well as struggles.
  • Be proactive with your health. Visit your doctor, get a massage and see your chiropractor regularly.

Remember that perfection is not only unrealistic, it’s also subjective. Instead of striving for perfection, congratulate yourself on doing your best.